Exercises in Futility (Mgła album)

Exercises in Futility is the third studio album by Polish black metal band Mgła. It was released on 4 September 2015, through Northern Heritage Records.[1] Featuring "a raw, melodic black metal" style that was compared to those of Watain and early Burzum,[2] the album is regarded as "the biggest and most impactful release of the band's 15-year career."[3] The front cover features an artwork from French engraver Marcel Roux, titled L'aveugle ("The blind", 1908).[4]

Exercises in Futility
Mgla - Exercises in Futility cover art.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
GenreBlack metal
Length42:12
LabelNorthern Heritage
Mgła chronology
With Hearts Toward None
(2012)
Exercises in Futility
(2015)
Age of Excuse
(2019)

The band embarked a North American tour following the album's release.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Pitchfork7.8/10[5]

Exercises in Futility was met with positive responses. Andy O'Connor of Pitchfork praised the album, stating, "Mgła are the true heirs to Dissection's style of black metal; the melodies are huge without dipping into the saccharine." O'Connor further stated: "Mgła's accomplished performance on Futility transforms the lyrical content into a call to action."[5]

Exercise in Futility was listed as number 8 on Pitchfork's "The Best Metal Albums of 2015" list.[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Exercises in Futility I" – 7:58
  2. "Exercises in Futility II" – 7:48
  3. "Exercises in Futility III" – 4:37
  4. "Exercises in Futility IV" – 4:45
  5. "Exercises in Futility V" – 8:15
  6. "Exercises in Futility VI" – 8:49

PersonnelEdit

  • Mikołaj "M." Żentara – guitar, bass, vocals, recording
  • Maciej "Darkside" Kowalski – drums, recording

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sperry-Fromm, Rob (5 October 2015). "Mgla streaming new album 'Exercises In Futility,' touring, playing NYC's Martyrdoom Fest". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b Stosuy, Brandon (21 December 2015). "The Best Metal Albums of 2015". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ Kelly, Kim. "Hey Black Metal Fans, You're Welcome: Mgla's 'Exercises In Futility' Is Now Streaming In Its Entirety". Vice. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Musée Marcel ROUX : Ouvrage 3".
  5. ^ a b O'Connor, Andy (13 October 2015). "Mgła – Exercises in Futility". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 January 2016.

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