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pornstorestiffy
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Joined: Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:04 am
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:10 am 
 

So the new MGLA has arrived, and I've had my first listen today.

It does not disappoint!

You can expect trademark Mgla riffing, but this time with a little more underlying rhythm. More intricate drumming and the greater amount of tracks offer a nice amount of dynamic in the songwriting.

There's a sample that's been up for a while, listen here http://www.hatepropaganda.org/mgla/mgla_whtn.mp3

CD is out and vinyl is expected later this month. Support!
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TheAntagonist
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:39 am 
 

It's great. Not too much of a departure from the blueprint of Groza, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The production is great and very even throughout. Only i wished the guitar solo/harmony parts were turned up a bit more. Like on "III" the guitar towards the end could have been dialed in a little louder. A bit of a step back from Groza but otherwise, this is Mgla doing what they do best.
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triggerhappy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:50 am 
 

I, III, and VII are great but the rest are meh. Quite a step down from Groza imo. Groza was pretty much perfect though, so I guess it's inevitable.
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SuperVeji4
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Joined: Sun Sep 17, 2006 10:33 pm
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:15 pm 
 

You know, I have to say that Groza was a disappointment to me. The songs that were released before on EPs and splits were stuffed with majestic riffs that spewed forth nothing but beautiful melodies. On Groza however, everything seemed stripped down and simplified, and on top of that the songs, especially I and IV, were a little too long.

But this, this album is everything Groza should have been. The album is filled with the riffs that were lacking on Groza, and the production sound enhances even more the sound and atmosphere of the overall album. The bass sound (my god that bass sound!) is what really shines in this department. The bass just sounds fucking evil and ominous. A good example of this is the section in VI that starts at about the 1:53 mark. The bass in that section is just doomy as fuck!

I did however feel that the mixing was little off on some places, as some one else has mentioned. The drums were too high in certain sections to the point that the riffs were drowned out. Two examples of this is the very first blast beat section of I, and the very beginning of V when the guitars first kick in. But other than that, this album is everything I expected from Mgla. An album filled with riffs, riffs, and more riffs that went very well together, and presenting very well an excellent atmosphere that is filled with sadness and anger.

As you can see, I greatly enjoyed this album. Perhaps it's because it makes up for the disappointment that Groza was to me.

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therealvivs
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:49 pm 
 

Never heard of this band before, but I enjoyed the sample OP provided. Where should I begin with them?

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Call_From_The_Tower
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:08 pm 
 

therealvivs wrote:
Never heard of this band before, but I enjoyed the sample OP provided. Where should I begin with them?

I'd start with Presence, personally. It has a good mix of his songwriting styles and I think is his best release so far.

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PhilosophicalFrog
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:10 pm 
 

Awesome. Everything by MGLA is awesome though...
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Call_From_The_Tower
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:41 pm 
 

PhilosophicalFrog wrote:
Awesome. Everything by MGLA is awesome though...

Actually, yeah, pretty much just this.

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SuperVeji4
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:11 pm 
 

Call_From_The_Tower wrote:
PhilosophicalFrog wrote:
Awesome. Everything by MGLA is awesome though...

Actually, yeah, pretty much just this.

Except for Groza...

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Call_From_The_Tower
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:20 pm 
 

No, I like Groza too. I admit it occasionally loses a bit of steam, but for the most part it's pretty great.

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satanic_neumann
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Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:01 pm
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Location: Finland
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:47 am 
 

Waiting for my copy to arrive. According to the sample, this is gonna be supreme album. I really like how much heavier it is compared to previous releases, just like latest Kriegsmaschine songs (i wonder when they're gonna release new album...). Groza was a disappointment for me too. Its not a bad album but just felt really bland compared to the rest of MGLA.

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Illyria
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:29 am 
 

With Hearts Toward None is the first I've heard from Mgla. I'm loving it so far, I especially like the drumming and fills. Really driving and pretty inventive at times, but never in a distracting way. It's interesting seeing all the mixed reactions from this thread. Everything they've done seems to draw an equally amount of praise and disappointment.
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vulcan plutarchy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:28 am 
 

Does anyone know where I can order this in the U.S. for a decent price?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:39 am 
 

I don't know, but I hope to get it at Messe des Morts! Best black metal album of the year in my opinion. You should come, you're not far from Montréal.
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lord_ghengis
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:18 am 
 

I had to get mine through northern heritage, which isn't cheap but at least you get to chat with Mikko Aspa. Not to mention the album is the catchiest thing released all year so paying an extra $4 over the usual isn't that hard to live with.
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matras
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:26 am 
 

Super stoked to see them in a month.

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Astral Blood
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:20 pm 
 

With Hearts Toward None is probably one of the better black metal releases this year. I'm not terribly fussed on Groza either, but Presence is great.

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vulcan plutarchy
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:13 pm 
 

lord_ghengis wrote:
I had to get mine through northern heritage, which isn't cheap but at least you get to chat with Mikko Aspa. Not to mention the album is the catchiest thing released all year so paying an extra $4 over the usual isn't that hard to live with.


I was looking at this, but wasn't how to & if it was possible to order. It says "Poland only" under releases and there is no order form. I sent them a message.
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lord_ghengis
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:11 pm 
 

Yeah I'm pretty sure you have to go via email only.
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Forbinator
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:46 am 
 

I'm still enjoying this! Highly recommended!
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brooks55
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:34 pm 
 

If you are in the US & looking for this CD keep checking HHR & Ominous Domain. They have both stocked it several times already, so I would think it will just be a short amount of time before they get more in.

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kamilzmielca
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Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:17 pm
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Location: United States
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:36 pm 
 

I honestly wish they released more merchandise. It's hard to get Mgła merch in the states. I found some shirts online but I guess they haven't released anything besides that.

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daemon_necromaton
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:32 pm 
 

There will be a new batch of shirts mid November.

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vulcan plutarchy
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:39 am 
 

I wound up ordering from Malignant Voices.
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