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Mgła ([mɡwa], English: "Fog") is a Polish black metal band. It was formed in 2000 in Kraków by vocalist and guitarist Mikołaj "M." Żentara, who is also a member of Kriegsmaschine. The band consists of M. and drummer Darkside, who are backed up in live performances by bassist The Fall and guitarist E.V.T. Following various EPs, Mgła has released three studio albums: Groza (2008). With Hearts Toward None (2012), and Exercises in Futility (2015).
Initially founded as a studio project in the year 2000 by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mikołaj "M." Żentara with the collaboration of drummer Dariusz "Daren" Piper with whom he previously worked on the band Kriegsmaschine, together they recorded 2 unreleased demos, a collaboration split album with Deathspell Omega, Stabat Mater, Clandestine Blaze, Exordium and Musta Surma and their first 2 EPs. Daren left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Maciej "Darkside" Kowalski. The band signed to Northern Heritage Records in 2008 and have released all their full length albums to date with that label.
In 2012 after the release of With Hearts Towards None the band started touring worldwide, including various notable performances at well known metal festivals like Nidrosian Black Mass on Belgium, Brutal Assault on the Czech Republic and Dark Easter Metal Meeting and Party San on Germany. During the same year M. and Darkside created "No Solace" a label and mailorder in which they catalogue the music from Mgła and other projects. Through "No Solace" M. and Darkside also release music under the Kriegsmaschine moniker. From 2015 to 2016 both the band's core members and live line up joined Mikko Aspa's Clandestine Blaze for various shows.
In October 21, 2018 alongside the release of the third Kriegsmaschine album, the band announced they were working on their fourth studio album and that it would be released in 2019. On August 3, 2019 the band revealed that their fourth album would be titled Age of Excuse and released the track "Age of Excuse II" on the No Solace YouTube channel.
In April 2019 the band went on a European tour with Revenge alongside guest bands Doombringer and Deus Mortem which was marred with controversy and two cancelled shows on Munich and Berlin after the German Antifa group "Linkes Bündnis gegen Antisemitismus München" (English: Left Alliance Against Anti-Semitism Munich) launched a boycott against Mgła because of their alleged associations to various National Socialist black metal or "NSBM" artists and accusing them of racism and Anti-Semitism. The group listed Mgła's association with Mikko Aspa who has long been accused of having extreme Far-right sympathies and ties with the NSBM scene on Finland and throughout Europe at large, the band's association with fellow Polish black metal band and tour mates Deus Mortem; which had members who on occasions played live with openly "NSBM" bands Honor and Infernal War as well as Mikołaj Żentara's past Dark ambient project "Leichenhalle" in which one of its albums titled “Judenfrei” (English: Free of Jews) featured Anti-Semetic lyrics as evidence. Mgła have denied the accusations and proceeded to pursue legal action against "Linkes Bündnis" and the sites that published their accusations, which the band described as false, a coordinated smear campaign and "defamation in print", they also asked fans to share the "defamatory publications" to support their case while offering apologies and discounts on the band's web store to those who planned to attend the cancelled concerts.
- M. (Mikołaj Żentara) – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, bass (studio only), lead guitar (studio only) (2000–present)
- Darkside (Maciej Kowalski) – drums, percussion (2006–present)
- Daren (Dariusz Piper) – drums, percussion (2000–2006)
- The Fall (Michał "ShellShocked" Stępień) – bass, backing vocals (2012–present)
- E.V.T. (Piotr Dziemski) – lead guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)
- Silencer – lead guitar, backing vocals (2012–2015)
- Groza (2008)
- With Hearts Toward None (2012)
- Exercises in Futility (2015)
- Age of Excuse (2019)
- Presence (2006)
- Mdłości (2006)
- Further Down the Nest (2007)
- Mdłości + Further Down the Nest (2007)
- Presence / Power and Will (2013)
- Crushing the Holy Trinity (2005) with Deathspell Omega, Stabat Mater, Musta Surma, Clandestine Blaze, Exordium
- Northwards (2000)
- Necrotic (2001)
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