Mgla
Age of Excuse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zach USER (98 Reviews)
September 4th, 2019 | 190 replies


Release Date: 09/02/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mgla-exercises not in futility

New Mgla is good. Like, really ***ing good. But that's not the point of this review, is it? You want a detailed analysis guiding you through the winding trve spooky corridors of the land that is nihilistic Polish black metal. Something beyond, hey, it is a new Mgla album in the year of 2019! However to truly submit a proper review of Age of Excuse is probably void of purpose, because I and the reader of this review know that you have listened to Mgla, or at least Exercises In Futility. Is this a long and convoluted narrative meant to create some sort of filler intro paragraph? Probably, but truthfully this is the same catchy trem riffs and complex tom heavy drumming paired with half-spoken rasps that you've heard before.

Really, Mgla are the Amon Amarth of black metal in that they're unchanging to a near fault, but only near. For 4 albums and many an ep/demo they've managed to carry the torch of full blown cold nihilism without ever resorting to a campy blackcraft level of edginess. All the while they manage to hone in on their ability to create a balance of anger and catharsis through some incredibly catchy riffwork and rampant drumming (the ending of Age of Excuse III being an incredible example of such).

Still, this is nothing new for Mgla and no news for anyone because they've been riding the same sound that started with Groza , just now with better production and flashier drum patterns (flashy in the best of ways). This is problematic for those who cant handle repetition and understandably so, but it also creates a sense of comfort in knowing that everything they do is a gradual refinement, with song structures become slightly more intricate and focused as time passes. So for those who already dislike Mgla, there is no hope for you here, but for my other mountain dew stained black metal brethren, badass riffs and intricate drum patterns await.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Please do not mind the stolen Goniloc joke

oltnabrick
September 4th 2019


37381 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

who?

Digging: Leviathan - Verräter

Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My man doesn't even know goniloc...

sixdegrees
September 4th 2019


6812 Comments


classic joke

Digging: Pastel Ghost - Ethereality

deezer666
September 4th 2019


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hasnt this been out for like a day?

Digging: Breach - Kollapse

Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It came out early yesterday

Dude I do like all of my reviews after like 2 listens this is nothing new lmao

deezer666
September 4th 2019


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats mental.

Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That it is my friend

sixdegrees
September 4th 2019


6812 Comments


what's the hurry

deezer666
September 4th 2019


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mgla are one of those bands I just have to bang my head too. They almost plod along sometimes and then just pull these mighty riffs from nowhere and save and elevate the track. I found that with this too.

deezer666
September 4th 2019


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By bang I mean 'nod'....alot

Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I feel ya man, they always manage to pull out some gnarly grooves, erry track man

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2019


10189 Comments


Somewhere to talk about this : )

Dedes
September 4th 2019


6649 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's mostly the idea lmao

Man this makes me wanna do a BM spree

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2019


10189 Comments


Never a bad idea!

deezer666
September 4th 2019


4953 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New Mayhem track got released..

50iL
September 4th 2019


5243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good shit Dedes. Album fucks.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 4th 2019


10189 Comments


17 comments and not a single vote yet.

Imma pos

bigguytoo9
September 4th 2019


595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is good.

Trifolium
September 4th 2019


8853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album agreed.

Hahaha, the Amon Amarth of bm!!!



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