Why is it that black metal bands often turn
out to be one-man efforts? Is it so hard for them to cooperate with others? Is
their vision so unique that it cannot be shared? Perhaps they're just afraid
that they'll kill each other?
Anyway, if often strikes me that many of these 'bands' would benefit from being
more than just one person. As much as it is sometimes a hassle, there is magic
to be found between individuals working together. In the case of Dagoth, the man
behind the moniker Fir Bolg, there is clearly a vision and some great music. It
is powerful, innovative and diverse black metal with a pagan twist, however,
when one guy takes care of bass, electric and acoustic guitars as well as vocals,
there has to be some of it that he's just not good at.
This means that he compromises the professionalism and that some of the
tightness and skill that this music, in my view, demands, is simply not there.
A very promising EP, yes, but go find a band!