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Mgła: Exercises In Futility

Album Review

Poland’s masked crusaders craft a masterpiece

Northern Heritage have a reputation both for releasing some of the greatest black metal of the last 15 years, and for refusing to play the industry game.

So it’s not surprising that Mgła’s 2013 full-length, With Hearts Towards None, snuck out with barely a peep in the mainstream metal press, and took a year or so before people really started to recognise it for the masterpiece it was. This time the mysterious Polish horde (apparently it’s pronounced ‘mgwa’ and means ‘fog’ in Polish) disdained a fanfare for what has become one of black metal’s most highly anticipated releases.  Could Exercises In Futility possibly match up to such an illustrious predecessor?


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