EiF is a continuation of the bleak, dark and disillusioned MGLA style of black metal. Intended to be the most coherent recording to date, it turned out to be the rawest and most natural. The album is composed of 6 songs, playing time 42 minutes. 8 page booklet with lyrics.
Mgla proves that they're in a league of their own at this point. Their grasp of songwriting is immense, so much so that they manage to level the playing field by simply playing black metal as it was intended to be played. There are no frills, bells or whistles during Exercises in Futility, just a band with a phenomenal understanding of how to create dynamic black metal. Gripping in scope, Mgla have managed to top their previous albums with aplomb and leave the world wondering why nihilism never sounded so good. - Metal Observer5/5