Mgła – Exercises in Futility (2015, No Solace | Northern Heritage)
Keep in mind that the melodic element of their black metal is far away from the obvious Dimmu Borgir or Keep of Kalessin. Even early Dissection is too mainstream compared to Mgła. Stated as the true heirs of Dissection in Andy O’Connor’s review, which I think is wrong because of the less obvious melodies of heavy metal guitars and more as an ensemble band than Jon Nödtveidt’s own personal oddity, Mikołaj ‘’M’’ Zentara vocals and guitar are more constraint and in the same vein as Maciej "Darkside" Kowalski drumming. The form an homogeneous ensemble of great performances thorough the entire album.
Exercises in Futility is one of the year’s best black metal albums. It is homogeneous and the pace of the songs is the strength of this well balanced solid release.