1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I decided to join officially two members into the band.
Abaddon was the second session drummer of Fir Bolg.
He played there live few years ago, and he recorded the drums on the album “Towards ancestral lands”.
Necrokiller play bass, and was also a live member during one time.
We began rehearsals three months ago, and actually hearing and testing for a live session singer.
2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and also how does it differ from past releases?
Powerful, aggressive, dark and resentful. A catchy path makes you travel thru the lands of ancient stones, where the cold winds bite your face with stormy leads guitars. Some tracks are added with epic and traditional acoustic passages, on which you can close your eyes to smell a taste of freshly moved earth.
The album is a logical result from the EP Paganism, with a better sound quality and technical instrumentation. However I didn’t use keyboards as the EP, which sounds more atmospheric than the album.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the song lyrics on the new album?
Every song tells about different things.
On Behind the great oppdidum, i approach the subject of life community inside a Gallic oppidum, where slaves are resold, as well as the sacred rites and sacrifices to the ancient gods.
Blood heritage is a he story of a warrior, walking to the path of his ancestors to purify himself.
One song tell about the mystic death creatures, Banshees. But this song was writing by an old friend and has a powerful hidden message inside; I invite you to read the texts on the booklet to discover it.
King of Wallachia is a song from the story of Vlad Tepes the impaler.
On Strong old megaliths I puts forward the elements, which surround us, and the knowledge of the druids. This song tells about the old necropolises where the Celts were buried.
Final battle on the frozen lake is inspired from the movie “king Arthur” When a group of warriors fight a horde of Saxons and the ice break under their steps.
The two last songs are inspired from the Irish mythological Lebor Gabàla Érenn.
Mag tuired is the name of a battle between the Fir Bolg and the Thuatha Dé Danann tribes.
Dun Aengus is a ringfort on a island of Ireland, built by the Fir Bolg in iron age.
4.I know that the band name came from Celtic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Yes Fir Bolg is the name of an ancient tribe who reigned on Ireland before the age of Christianity.
I like to read some books and watch movies about Celtic and paganism, also Viking and medieval times. Those ancient times fascinate me, and when I have time, I travel to discover archaeological places.
5.For awhile the project was all solo but recently a drummer was added, what was the decision behind hiring other members?
Yes, Abaddon is now the official drummer of the band.
Necrokiller was added too as bass player. The project is to make some future concerts for promote the new album.
They were always very involved in the band, even as session members. They so always respected the fact as myself was only at the control and took all decisions, without ever announcing me an annoyance to don’t be a real member, while I felt that they would have wanted it.
There are also some very good friends of me, and I realized that their involved support and availability would be an advantage for the future of the band.
6.The new album came out on Schwarzdorn Production, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Schwarzdorn Production is a German label of Pagan, black and Death metal.
Patrick, the boss, work with bands from all Europe.
His international network distribution is made by Soulfood music.
Schwarzdorn released 1000 cd Album of Towards ancestral lands, he work in collaboration with graphic illustrators and The klangshmiede studio E.
We have both a good collaboration and the communication is made naturally. He’s a person invested in his work.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of pagan and black metal?
Very good, the album was noted very well by the webzines, and I had many positive feedbacks by a lot of people. It’s an enormous reward for all the work, which I made, on this album.
8.What is going on with the other musical project these days?
We are composing some songs for preparing the second album of Assacrentis, in a vein more Black/ Death metal than the past.
We have actually 5 finished songs and works on more.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I have in mind, maybe to put epic folk interludes songs between aggressive tracks, and I shall like trying to integrate some ancient’s instruments I never used yet.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The Nordic Black metal and pagan Black metal of the 90’s has influenced me a lot.
Some bands like Emperor, Bathory, Sacramentum, Immortal, Vinterland, Enslaved, Satyricon Bran Barr, Kampfar, Dissection and many more… But I listen also Death metal ( Nile, Krisiun, Carcass, Suffocation…, Heavy metal ( Iron maiden, Manowar, Blind guardian…), Trash ( Slayer, Sepultura, Anihilator, Kreator…), and Also Medieval music like Stille volk, Corvus Corax and Dark ambient as Dargaard, Wardruna, Mortiis, or Empyrium.
Nowadays I listen a lot of music too, at this moment I like Belphegor, Negator, Setherial, Opeth, Primordial, between many more
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I’m member of historical pageant association. We reconstitute a Gallic itinerant village on antique and gallo roman fests, few times by years. I also like role-playing and tray games, which I practise occasionally.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Be prepared to see Fir Bolg on stage on 2014. We will rise the Celtic barbaric spirits with our black flame.
If someones want to help Fir Bolg. Help us to book some dates anywhere in Europe.