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
LabelNorthern Heritage
Mgła chronology
With Hearts Toward None
Exercises in Futility
Age of Excuse

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

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores

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


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


  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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