Fir Bolg is the project of sole member Dagoth (vocals, guitars and bass), who has only utilized a session studio drummer for the completion of “Towards Ancestral Lands”. Musically, Fir Bolg is a hybrid of old school black metal (Bathory/Venom meets folk music), with plenty of old world harmonies intertwined with unforgettable brooding heaviness. The music on this nine tracker is quite well written, executed and arranged considering Dagoth played the guitars, bass, and also sung here. This is some feat – surprisingly he did not play the drums, ha, ha. I hope he finds musicians to realize this vision in Fir Bolg, so they can also play concerts too. Seeing them live, I can imagine a full-fledged stage show with pyrotechnics, sword wielding warriors and everything related to ancient world Europe.
Lyrically, Dagoth is very descriptive on “Towards Ancestral Lands” with its concept written around the Celtic Ireland and mythical mainland Europe. When I was reading the lyrics here and following along, I could not help but think of sword and shield wielding ancient warriors clashing with foreign invaders from the many vast reaches of Europe. Dagoth surely knows how to put images of ancient battles in your mind with his wickedly punishing black/folk metal.
However, the only downside to this project is it takes repeated listens unless you love this style of extreme metal, but then Fir Bolg is only written for a small number of fans who love this, so this could be an issue if they’re to get out and do some serious touring. Fir Bolg’s “Towards Ancestral Lands” is a very interesting listen, though nothing out of the ordinary, but it is well thought out, written and played. [Schwarzdorn Productions] Sarjoo Devani