Fir Bolg are a 1 man band from France that plays a pagan form of black metal along with some folk music and death metal elements and this is a review of his 2013 album "Towards Ancestral Lands" which was released by Schwarzdorn Productions.
"Intro" starts off with album with folk instruments and heavy and melodic guitar riffs and drums while also serving as a perfect introduction to t he album.
"Behind The Great Oppidum" which is the first real song on the album opens up with heavy and melodic sounding black metal guitar riffs along with some drums and a few seconds alter grim high pitched screams start coming into the song while also remaining in a mid paced direction before getting fast and raw in some sections along with some blast beats as well as a brief use of death metal growls and halfway through the song the bass guitars getting more powerful along with a small amount of acoustic guitars before going back to the fast and mid paced parts.
'Blood Heritage" opens up with some sword fights before adding in drums nordic style black metal guitar riffs and grim screams along with some melody, blast beats and thrash influences and after awhile a small amount of growls are added into the song and you can also hear the bass guitars in certain sections of the song.
"Banshee's" starts up with folk music style acoustic guitars and you can also hear t he bass as well and a few seconds alter grim black metal screams along with some drums, and heavy and melodic guitar riffing and a few seconds later blast beats are added into the song and after awhile the music alternated between both metal and folk parts.
"King Of Wallachia" begins with some old school black metal guitar riffs, drums and grim screams and sticks mostly to a mid paced direction while also speeding up in certain sections and adding in some blast beats and powerful sounding bass guitars and after awhile the music gets more melodic along with a brief sue of guitar solos and leads.
"Strong Old Megaliths" kicks off with nature sounds before adding in some heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with drums, bass guitars and grim screams and a few seconds alter pagan style shouts start coming in and out of the song and halfway through the song t here is a brief use of blast beats and growls being utilized.
"Final Battle On The Frozen Lake" hits off with heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and a second alter the music goes into a raw and fast direction along with some black metal screams, blast beats and a small amount of growls which also leads up to a brief use of melodic guitar solos and leads and you can hear the bass guitars in the background as well as alternating between mid paced and fast parts.
"Mag Tuired" makes its way into the album with heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and death metal growls which also lead up to some black metal screams and a minute later there is a brief use of fast guitar riffing and blast beats and towards the end you can actually hear the bass guitars for a few seconds.
"Dun Aengus" which is also the last song on the album starts up with some clean acoustic and bass playing and a few seconds alter drums, heavy guitars and black metal screams start to kick in along with some melodic guitar riffing before going into a faster direction and adding in some blast beats before returning to both the clean and mid paced sections as well as alternating between the different parts.
Song lyrics cover Celtic Paganism and European History, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording along with some of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Fir Bolg are a very great sounding European style pagan/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Behind The Great Oppidum" "King Of Wallachia" and "Dun Aengus". RECOMMENDED BUY.