These days, there are a couple ideologies fighting for the hearts and minds of Black Metal enthusiast groups. The first could be called the progressist camp. They want something groundbreaking that shakes the sub-genre’s foundation into truly innovative music beyond just tracing over and over the archetype. The second, more popular among the conservatives that are legion in a musical field as stiff as it is, demand to keep the genre beyond any evolutive desires. They want their metal raw, frilly up to a properly tremulous point, and lyrically shiny as tar. Any deviation from the template is met with derision and high animosity. Be it a catwalk model/indie pop celebrity “invading” their ranks or Avant-garde pretension with little bite to their bark, it seems that both camps will be eternally locked in a stalemate that’ll drive the sub-genre into oblivion. If we had to put Mgła in any side of the warring factions, it would be for the traditionalists. They come from the vibrant Polish scene, where there is already enough infighting to come up and stand out against the immensely burdening popularity of that certain Polish band. That would explain in part why they have just started to enjoy a fame of sorts, and a bit surprisingly, not from just one side of the fight. Releasing their third full-length Exercises in Futility with little notice but a lot of anticipation and generating a ton of buzz, it’s their strongest production to date, and one that could be a watershed of sorts for the entire genre.