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Fir Bolg: Paganism

Paganism is a four tracks demo that was recorded in 2006 and pressed to a limited 500 copies edition EP, in 2008. Fir Bolg is the creation of another solitary composer /musician called Dagoth. He handles all bass, electric and acoustic guitars, as well as the vocals. The other instruments, like the keyboards, were done by session musicians. I'm not too sure if the drums were programmed or not, as they sound mechanical at times, without being annoying the least bit though.

Fir Bolg has composed four melodic compositions of pagan metal. The sound production is pretty good, even if some parts are muddy. The usual artillery of distorted riffs, raspy vocals, tremolo picking are evolving in an epic pagan environment. The harmonies are well balanced by making a crafty use of distorted arpeggios. One can find some musical breaks here and there too. On the first composition, "Night of the Black Moon", Dagoth is gracing the sonic structure with cool acoustic leads and arpeggios; always pleasant to these ol'reviewer's ears of mine, of course.

All in all, Paganism is a nice offering from this French project that goes easily down your hearing apparel. Of the four tracks, "Invocate the Old Spirits of Woods" and the already mentioned opening number are my favorites.

Track listing:
1- Night of the Black Moon
2- Celtic Death Pagan Ritual
3- Invocate the Old Spirits of Woods
4- The Passage to a Second Life

Added: September 16th 2010
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
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Language: english

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Fir Bolg: Paganism
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-09-16 13:47:12
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At roughly 23-minutes long, Paganism is a decent little demo/EP from black/pagan metal act Fir Bolg, which is essentially the work of one Dagoth, who handles the creepy vocal rasps, guitars, and bass (session musicians take care of the drums & keyboards).There's a certain chilling nature to these four cuts that reminds of the early black metal scene out of Norway, so big props to Dagoth for getting that classic feel down pat. "Night of the Black Moon" especially has that wind-swept feel, that dark, cold atmosphere that permeated those early albums by Immortal, Emperor, Mayhem, Dissection, and Gorgoroth. Plenty of rumbling guitar & bass riffs, jackhammer blast beats, and keyboards on the raucous "Celtic Death Pagan Ritual", and some highly melodic fare on the closer "The Passage to a Second Life".

It will be interesting to see if Dagoth fills out the line-up of Fir Bolg and records a full length follow-up. With such a limited amount of music here, I'm going to award this one 3 stars, but it's a solid 3 stars that shows plenty of promise for this black metal act.

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