Review from New Noise Magazine

September 22, 2017
From: New Noise Magazine
Published: September 18, 2017

For Rochester, NY based two-piece doom metal band Mavradoxa, everything in their sound seems to inhabit a lingering sense of cataclysm.

Turns out that the first impression of Lethean Lament is the right one. Take just one glance at the song list and their sophomore effort looks like a marathon of an album, those six tracks totaling just over an hour. That number is deceiving though, considering that the first “Cicadan” a dark acoustic intro clocks at less than four minutes and the last less than two. The middle sprawl is comprised of four majestic, atmospheric doom metal tracks that draw more on a wealth of curiosity around mood and tone than strung together beads in a continuous nightmare.

On guitar and bass, Nival charges out of the gate on the second track, “The Phantom Visages” one of the fiercer pieces. The chords are punishing and the bleak vocals that sit up front are suitably anguished. The grimy centerpiece of the album (and what might be the “single” here) is “Crimson Waves of Autumnal Flame” a smutty bead that runs upward of eighteen minutes spun off of an epic instrumental build up. The patiently written acoustic intro eventually collapses into crushing riffs and a cascade of rattling vocals that are at once vibrant and unsettling before the gradual run out. On “Across the Nival Grove” they reprise the strings from track one, lending complexity and depth to the album’s most abrasive leads. Perhaps less compelling is the penultimate track, “From Fog” which feels a little out of breath, wrapping some folk metal elements in, although its excesses are earned and, on its own, the track stands as fairly decent.

Mavradoxa ends on a short, “Metanoia” the second introspective acoustic instrumental. The bookends keeps the sense that Lethean Lament is about something out in front of me, a cycle or life process greater than the sum of its parts perhaps, although I cannot quite put my finger on what that is. It really doesn’t matter though. The main tracks are dense and display a unique gift for dynamic, heavy songwriting, each one suggestive of a unique world and the band ultimately comes off as confident enough to let their peerless sense of tonal curiosity lead.

Lethean Lament can push on a lot of neo-metal-head buttons at once, while not necessarily trying too hard to push on the boundaries and the result is a must listen.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Erick Mertz
 

Review from Metal Temple

September 9, 2017
From: Metal Temple
Published: September 6, 2017

MAVRADOXA is an Atmospheric Black Metal band that formed in Rochester, New York, USA in 2015. They released their debut “Sojourners” in 2016, and now have followed that up with “Lethean Lament” here in 2017. The new album contains six tracks, and a running length of just over 53 minutes. From the band’s Facebook page, their interests are in “trees and rocks and such.” “Cicadan” seems to emulate the sounds of nature t...

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Review from Ave Noctum

August 8, 2017
From: Ave Noctum Webzine
Published: August, 6, 2017

Lethean Lament’ is the second album from New York-based atmospheric black metal duo Mavradoxa, and just like the excellent ‘Reclaim The Darkness’ album from Australian band King last year, it’s a massive slab of nature-obsessed majesty.

Surprising and dynamic, Lux (drums, vocals) and Nival (guitars, bass, vocals) have crafted a passionate and forceful record, that even at a running time of just over an hour, holds the atten...

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Review from Noizz Webzine

August 1, 2017
From: Noizz Webzine
Published: July 31, 2017

El sello canadiense Hypnotic Dirge Records vuelve a sorprendernos gratamente con uno de sus recientes lanzamientos en este 2017, el nuevo disco de la banda norteamericana de Atmospheric Black Metal MAVRADOXA, el cual lleva por título “Lethean Lament” y viene presentado en un exquisito digipack que viste un artwork de lo más apropiado para meter en el ambiente propicio al oyente. Se trata del segundo álbum de este dúo compuesto po...

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Review from Heavy Blog is Heavy

July 27, 2017
From: Heavy Blog is Heavy
Published: July 11, 2017

New York-based post-black metal duo Mavradoxa made a quick turnaround with the follow-up to their 2016 debut, Sojourners, a record that wore its love for Agalloch and on its metaphorical and literal sleeves. Lethean Lament picks up right where Sojourners left off, and despite the brief period between releases, Lament is a fuller, more developed, and polished version of the band, one that also benefits from a much-improved mix. Esse...

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Review from Maximum Metal

July 27, 2017
From: Maximum Metal
Published: July 11, 2017

NYC's Mavradoxa play this intricate brand of atmospheric black metal that fans of bands like Agalloch and Falls of Rauros will be more than familiar with. 4 songs that exceed 10 minutes plus in length are book ended by two beautiful instrumental tracks that provide a nice opening and closing moment for the album. With the lengthiness of the tracks, some people won't give this one much of a chance which would be a shame. Each song is a mu...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

July 8, 2017
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: July 7, 2017

Mavradoxa are a black metal band from the US and this is their second album.

Lethean Lament features over an hour of atmospheric black metal, played with passionate commitment and emotive grandeur.

Majestic, epic, atmospheric, melancholic…these and many other adjectives are all relevant when describing what Mavradoxa have created here, but all of them fall short until you actually listen to their music and get swept away in its rich, te...

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Review from The Metal Observer

July 6, 2017
From: The Metal Observer
Published: July 5, 2017

Hot on the heels of their impressive debut, Sojourners, Rochester, New York’s return with their sophomore effort, Lethean Lament, which was recently released through Hypnotic Dirge Records. Where as their debut focused on a cold and frost-laden sound, their latest effort sees the rains, lush vegetation, and green soundscapes of spring time. The album’s six tracks sprawl across over an hour of atmospherically charged black metal; ...

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Review from Buffalo's Metal Blog

June 24, 2017
From: Buffalo's Metal Blog
Published: June 22, 2017

Our metal scene has become something of a treasure trove of atmospheric black metal bands over the past few years. Bands like Enthauptung (Buffalo), Sertraline (Buffalo) and Mavradoxa (Rochester) are at the forefront of a growing movement of truly inspirational, nature driven music, fueled by dark, foreboding atmospheres. Mavradoxa’s 2nd album, Lethean Lament, is no exception to these standards.

When we last discussed this band, ...

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Review from Metal Bandcamp

June 24, 2017
From: Metal Bandcamp
Published: June 22, 2017

I'm a sucker for bands that fall under the broad umbrella of "atmospheric black metal." I'll listen to it all day long with a smile on my face. It's my Kryptonite. So it's even more exciting when something truly remarkable raises itself above the rest of the field, and Mavradoxa's second album, Lethean Lament, does just that.

The album opener, "Cicadan," is a perfectly pleasant acoustic intro, complete with violin, but it only hints at t...

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