Mgla
Exercises in Futility


5.0
classic

Review

by Deubah USER (3 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2017 | 52 replies


Release Date: 09/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: beautifully nihilist

My mother is a Polish immigrant who came to the USA in the 80's, so evidently I have been exposed to a lot of the culture and history of the country. I vividly remember her cleaning the house, listening to Polish classics like Czesław Niemen, Chopin, and so many others. As a young American boy, I wasn't the most interested in my Polish heritage. I even have a fairly solid grasp on the language, but back then I was too busy worrying about whatever normal American middle-schoolers worry about rather than finding my own identity relating to my heritage.

But, as I got older, I got closer with my Mother again. I started reading more Polish literature, watching more movies, speaking the language more, completely enveloping myself in the history of the country of my mother's youth. Nothing stuck out to me more than Polish writers, especially the poets of the early to mid 20th century. There was a sort of linear nihilism present within this "Generation of Columbuses." A War-torn country, occupation by a brutal foreign force, death everywhere... and these young poets fought, and almost all subsequently died, before even reaching age 25.

This "inherent nihilism" I talk about is not one of immediate relation to every person who has had a negative or indifferent thought towards the world or humanity. Exclusivity is obviously absurd with something so seemingly natural in human behavior, but it is subjectively much more prominent in those who have seen and lived through the lands of their people becoming grounds for sinister human fallacies. This sort of thing lives on through generations.

You start to understand the exercises in futility, the meaningless apparatus in which we all strive to become something, at least it is more than nothing, right" The existential concepts experienced in our lives could be intuitively categorized through chapters, I, II, III, IV, etc., each representing different phases, outlooks, and the general stages of your mental being. The memories of your ancestors playing a part in such a forbidding outlook on our collective existence.

The mutual hopelessness of a common people tends to become broader in sharing this rampant nihilism with ones who haven't experienced loss and scrutiny. You begin to realize that maybe people en-masse are maggots to a disgusting exploitative facade that is so emptily called "modern society." There then becomes a laughable irony in the fact your art is so in depth and organic, even so seemingly textured in a world so surface level. When your ancestors before you wrote of a world so shallow, so devoid of humanity, and you start to read these things in depth, there is a subconscious connection. A shared understanding of the world around you, a depressingly self-aware outlook. A look into the struggles of Sisyphus and his boulder. A lesson of the fragility of existence.

When all is said and done, there is a particular keenness to the exercises of futility. That being, in all of the hopelessness and despair, you still set aside a certain eagerness to share your nihilism. To share your nihilism in such a well-executed, beautifully crafted way is reminiscent of your ancestors, you see. Because, for even all of the death and loss that surrounded them, they still needed to share their chapters of futility, as if their extended arms reached to pass their blindness onto others.


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Deubah
July 3rd 2017


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

weird and random write up, just have been in a depressing state of mind lately. 3rd review ever and stuff, thank u if u read it.



I know its kind of unstructured but i am learning, again, ty for reading

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2017


11488 Comments


This is a really cool write up actually, very enjoyable and interesting read. It's not much of a review though since it barely pertains to the album/music. But, I'm glad you wrote it, and believe it or not it actually does make me want to hear this.

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Deubah
July 3rd 2017


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you yeah, thats why it is kinda weird to me. there are a few allusions to the lyrics, especially the last sentence idk, but seriously thank you very much

Evok
July 4th 2017


7206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules hard have a pos'

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Deubah
July 5th 2017


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thank you!!!!!!!!!

AaroN911
September 1st 2017


2067 Comments


had this in my youtube "watch later" and never knew why... i'm glad I did!

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WretchedCacophony
October 6th 2017


518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album has 2m views on youtube. pretty impressive for anything black and evil

Evok
October 6th 2017


7206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah theyre a relatively "safe" band for anyone looking to get into the genre so Im not all that surprised, although 2m is pretty damn... impressive?

WretchedCacophony
October 9th 2017


518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not unimpressive.

Deubah
October 19th 2017


55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I wouldnt even call this evil tbh, lyrically it is very dark but its also oddly empowering and almost positive in ways

Hawks
October 19th 2017


57192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules.

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teamster
October 19th 2017


2826 Comments


I tried this Hawks - couldn’t get past the lack of bass ..sounds way too light.

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StarlessCore
October 19th 2017


5829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it sucks

AdolfChrist
October 19th 2017


16593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@team do you not black metal?

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Hawks
October 19th 2017


57192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it sucks


Lmao

teamster
October 19th 2017


2826 Comments


Post black? Yes. Atmospheric black? Yes. Blackened death? Somewhat. Blackgaze? Of course. This fluffy as a pillow stuff? Not so much.

AdolfChrist
October 19th 2017


16593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so arent you used to bassless black metal then? i mean, the genre is known for sounding thin and brittle.

Hawks
October 19th 2017


57192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When I think "fluffy" bm kinda stuff I think Alcest and Lantlos and stuff like that. Don't get that from this in any way.

teamster
October 19th 2017


2826 Comments


Yea guys, good points. This just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s the “lightest” bm I’ve heard.

Dedes
October 19th 2017


5810 Comments


Yeah dude there is wayyyyy lighter bm than this, I mean shit try listening to Eldamar haha, barely even qualifies as black metal imo.



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