Mgła – Exercises In Futility (Poland, 2015)


I’m not much familiar with the previous works by Mgla, but when I saw Exercises in Futility mentioned as to be one of the best black metal records of 2015 I couldn’t resist. And I had to play it. So here you have my “futile” thoughts about it.  

This album surely didn’t miss the expectations. It sounds bleak, cold and soulless. The atmosphere is sulfurous and utterly evil. What more I could have asked from a black metal record?
Well, Mgla dropped two more aces here. The drumming is outstanding, way more dynamic than most of the BM releases out there. It gives everything an interesting touch as well as a pinch of originality.
And last but not least, Exercises in Futility has a suffocated way to be melodic. I mean, it isn’t deliberately melodic, but the overall catchiness and the “lovely” (creepy, actually) vocal-lines lead you to several (almost) sing along moments.

Even though I did enjoy it whole, my favorite tracks appeared to be Exercises in Futility II as well as the part VI. For what the sound concerns don’t you need any comparison for Mgla, do you?
Just keep in mind we’re talking about black metal to its most evil core!

And yes, I do understand now why so many writers claimed it as one of the best of 2015.


1. Exercises In Futility I
2. Exercises In Futility II
3. Exercises In Futility III
4. Exercises In Futility IV
5. Exercises In Futility V
6. Exercises In Futility VI

Label: Northern Heritage Records
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Release Date: 4th September 2015
Reviewed by Teo

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