Guest Post from Stanley Laurel: 18 Days of Mgła – Part 2

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On July 26th, Mgła announced on their Facebook page that their third full-length album, Exercises in Futility had been recorded and was scheduled for release in late Summer. To say that I was excited about this announcement was a huge understatement and akin to Chief Brody’s classic litotes, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” When our dear Toilet published the news, there was a palpable fervor in the community from a few who were already familiar with the band, but enough of a buzz was being generated for others to start checking them out. Being a bit of a Mgła fanboy, I thought it would be fun to start spamming the Toilet of Hell’s Facebook page with daily updates to see how many Mgła converts I could start racking up. 18 Days of Mgła was born.

Day 7 – “Groza I” (2008)

“Groza I” is Mgła’s longest song, clocking in at over eleven minutes. It only contains a handful of riffs but what it lacks in complexity is more than made up for with dark melody and tempo changes galore. Darkside is masterful in determining when to slow it down, speed it up, add some fills and bring the oomph! The man is a criminally underrated black metal drummer.

Riff: The riff at 6:29 is repeated throughout the song, but I like this version best due to the double bass drumming and the cymbal crashes.

Drums: The section at 4:05 has more rolls than the corner bakery.

Lyric: “The lowest common denominator is crowned
Standpoints are chosen over general reason
Stars allocated to every man and woman
Fair measure of futile love and will.”

Fun fact: Mgła record as a two-piece. M. performs all the guitars and vocals and Darkside plays drums.

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Day 8 – “With Hearts Toward None VI” (2012)

In “With Hearts Toward None VI”, we find M. at his most vehement, spitting misanthropic venom like a black-necked cobra. The simple, subtly evolving riffs provide the platform for his impassioned cries while the percussion provides the intricate details that augment their lethal effect.

Riff: The riff at 1:53 signifies the impending doom outlined in the lyrical passage below. Never has a riff been more perfectly utilized to convey the subject matter.

Drums: My pick is the bit at 1:11 where pounding drums and delicate cymbal taps are juxtaposed with startling results.

Lyric: “And let there come the rain,
Let there come the rain
And may it wash away the scum,
the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit,
the whores, the junk, the trash, the
worms, the freaks, the rot, the
plague, the grime, the smut, the
waste, the pigs, the slime, the mud,
the vermin of every shape and size.”

Fun fact: Mgła only started performing live after the release of With Hearts Toward None.

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Day 9 – “Presence III” (2006)

“Presence III” is the shortest song in Mgła’s catalogue, but in just a little over four minutes, its frostbitten riffs manage to evoke a pitch-black atmosphere that many bands have tried and failed to create in songs of twice its length.

Riff: The arpeggiated riff opening the song is so cold that even an exhumed Lord Kelvin would have difficulty measuring its temperature.

Drums: 1:50. Floor toms. That is all.

Lyric: “There is a purpose in self-destruction
There is a pattern in razorblade chaos.”

Fun fact: Mgła means “Fog” in Polish.

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Day 10 – “With Hearts Toward None I” (2012)

What a way to open an album! “With Hearts Toward None I” sets the spine-tingling tone of an album littered with memorable melodies, contrasting rhythms, harsh but clear vocals and diverse drum patterns. No pretension, just pure black metal.

Riff: The riff at 1:07 defines what Mgła are all about. The dark but melodious lead perfectly harmonized with the crunching rhythm.

Drums: When the blast beating ends at 4:19, there are a myriad of inventive fills.

Lyric: “No golden thrones to follow
No shrines of solace to be found
And only the locusts shall sing
at the end of the day.”

Fun fact: M. (Mikołaj Żentara) is the son of Edward Żentara, a Polish actor who appeared in more than 50 films and television shows.

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Day 11 – “Groza II” (2008)

“Groza II” is dark, foreboding and constantly evolving. Mgła sprinkled a few more riffs than usual into this song, which allows it to take the listener on a firm trajectory into the blackest pits.

Riff: The fade out riff that begins at 5:23 goes on for a couple of minutes, but what makes it so ingenious is the progression of the supporting instruments. First with hammering drums, then the bass guitar is allowed to shine, and finally a little plucked guitar.

Drums: At 2:00, Darkside shows us how to work a snare.

Lyric: I have to admit, I don’t know the lyrical meaning behind this passage as I couldn’t find a proper translation and Google translate was dishing out gibberish. It’s probably despondent, though.

“Z ostrzem Solipsis w uniesionej dłoni
Z pieśną Hybris na zakrwawionych ustach
U perłowych bram – na spotkanie Rodzajowi!”

Fun fact: M. provided guest vocals on three songs from Voidhanger’s 2012 EP, The Antagonist. Check out “Feed Them to the Pigs”.

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Day 12 – “Mdłości II” (2006)

“Mdłości II” is straight and to the point. Riff 1. Riff 2. Riff 1. Done.

Riff: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe… Riff 1.

Drums: I keep harping on about Darkside’s magnificence behind the kit. How can a song with two riffs be so engaging? Because Darkside.

Lyric: “Our almighty new god, turning man back into mud”.

Fun fact: M. had an industrial/ambient project called Arca Funebris back in the late 90s. Fans of the genre should check it out and tell me if it’s good or not.

 

Exercises in Futility is out due September 4th. You can preorder a physical copy here or snag a digital download here.

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  • Vote for Jeb

    M’gla

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Fun fact: M. (Mikołaj Żentara) is the son of Edward Żentara, a Polish actor who appeared in more than 50 films and television shows.

    Sad Fact: His dad is dead.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Bummer.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Another track from the new album. Track is good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzh3F4kBFuk

    • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

      Their drummer does some insane shit with that ride cymbal. Just all these killer accents. I love it.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        That drummer is fucking good.

        • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

          Goddamn, you ain’t kidding.

    • Dagon

      I like the vocals too.

    • Stanley

      Woah. Not heard this yet. Will probably play 100 times by the end of the weekend. Thanks for posting.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Sure thing dude.

    • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

      Have you heard of Plague Dogs? They very well might put the wind in your sails, so to speak…

      https://plaguedogs.bandcamp.com/track/reapers-march

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Listening now. Good shit.

        • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

          Yeah mate. That EP of theirs is some well produced shit, for a first release. Dirty as fuck but sounds sick. That new song has bolstered my opinion that their next release will be the tits.

    • 365chaosriddendays

      Another convincing song, good work at the drums, very mesmerizing as the guitar work in all the changing tempos maintain a dark vibe with a peculiar and murky melody, seems that these polish Black Metallers will give us another memorable album

  • So were the lyrics for Day 8 inspired by the movie Taxi Driver?
    http://youtu.be/4F5vKKIgjdg

  • Dagon

    These are great lyrics:

    No golden thrones to follow
    No shrines of solace to be found
    And only the locusts shall sing
    at the end of the day.

    • Stanley

      I have a T Shirt with the first line on the back.

      • Dagon

        It’s a great line. My favorite part of you doing this is definitely the lyrics part. It’s very easy to become detached from them when listening to extreme metal but they make a lot of difference when they’re well written and thoughtful.

        I used to pay so much more attention to the words before getting into styles with harsher vocals.

        • Lacertilian

          I like when you say what I’m too lazy to type.

        • Stanley

          I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Mgla have some great lyrics. There are a few places where it’s obvious that English is their second language, but this adds to the charm. Once you’ve sat down with a Mgla album, lyric sheet in hand, you will soon realize that life is not worth living. But then those melodies get stuck in you’re brain and you somehow have the strength to carry on.

          • Dagon

            A glimmer of hope shining through all the darkness. Sounds poetic, and a bit melodramatic the way I said it.

          • Stanley

            Ha ha. But there is no hope.

          • Dagon

            I know.

          • Lacertilian

            Well, there is hope, but it is ultimately a futile and pointless endeavour.

          • Stanley

            Maybe an “Exercise in Futility”?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]
          • Lacertilian

            I thought you didn’t want to post pictures of yourself online?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            He looks way too happy to be me.

          • Lacertilian

            His lack of prehensile snout is appaling

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Pretty much nailed it. Give in to the void…..Really stoked I got With Hearts Toward None on vinyl a few weeks back.

          • Stanley

            Nice. I have all the CDs, but no vinyl. I’m gonna wait for the vinyl release of the new album though. AOTY needs to be owned on vinyl!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The only release I own is Hearts. Gonna remedy that soon, hopefully.

          • Stanley

            If you do digital, as of last week, they put all their stuff on Bandcamp.

            https://no-solace.bandcamp.com

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, I saw that. Listening to Groza right now actually. Despair on a Friday never sounded so good.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            How does that circular piece of vinyl sound?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Void-inducing.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
          • RJA

            Nice, that one is not easy to find on vinyl.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, so I’ve heard.

  • NEW NILE NEW NILE NEW NILE NEW NILE OMGDER.

    Also, I will be out all next week. You all have a great next 10 days.

    Byah!!!!

    GL

    • Vote for Jeb

      Enjoy another of your many vacations, GL.

      • CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE CONFERENCE.

        I am hoping I can visit Stanley when I am out there. WE WILL SEEEEEEEE

        NEW NILE!

        BYAH!

        GL

        • Lacertilian

          I read that comment as if someone was carrying you away from a public podium you weren’t invited to use.

          • KJM

            He managed to scream “NEW NILE! BYAHH!!” into the mic before he was tased and pepper sprayed.

        • you two should run together

        • Stanley

          GL, I have plans on Wednesday, but Thursday would be very cool.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      GORAK CANT WAIT GET NEW NILE!!!!!!! NILE ROCK!!!!

  • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

    Im in upstate Jew York. Its flat.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Are you in Poughkeepsie?

      • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

        Buffalo

        • KJM

          Beefalo!

          • BEARD OV GREAT DAWKINS

            Ive already brought the true southern beef to NY

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Damnit. Why do none of the Toileteers ever come to my area? It’s not a bad area if you’re not in the city of Poughkeepsie. That place is a hellhole. I live in the town portion

  • Pipelord69

    Stanley, is your last name Yelnats? That’d be cool

  • 黒風

    Stanley, tell me that again.

    • Stanley

      Welcome to the Toilet, my dear brother! You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led.