Review from Dutch Metal Maniac

January 27, 2018
From: Dutch Metal Maniac
Published: January 25, 2018 

After their formation in 2015, the American atmospheric black metal band Mavradoxa released their debut full-length, Sojourners, in 2016. Since June 22nd guitarist/vocalist Nival and drummer/vocalist Lux got a successor released. This successor is titled Lethean Lament and was released via Hypnotic Dirge Records. 

Lethean Lament contains four track surrounded by a folky intro and outro. In the intro, called Cicadan, one of the two guest musicians of Lethean Lament can be heard immediately. It is Andy McGirr, whom you might know from the American black metal band Hubris, playing violin. Right after this relaxing intro, Mavradoxa gets unleashed, especially guitar-wise. The guitars on The Phantom Visages sound loud and heavy, but also melodic, executed in a very great way. Meanwhile, the drums are really on the background in the mix, but not too much. The drums sound very flat, making it sound a bit emotionless. Luckily this gets better in the remaining tracks. This track, The Phantom Visages, and the track before the outro, From Fog are the heavier, faster tracks. The tracks in the middle, Crimson Waves Of Autumnal Flame and Across The Nival Grove are the more atmospheric tracks on Lethean Lament. The first of those, Crimson Waves Of Autumnal Flame, even starts with an intro only consisting of an acoustic guitar. Later in this track the second guest of the album can be heard. This time it is a vocal addition by Mark Welden, vocalist of American grindcore band Blurring. At the end of the other more atmospheric track, Across The Nival Grove, Andy McGirr and his violin make a comeback, while the guitars are also still very present. This combination makes the end of this track very loud and noisy as well as beautiful and atmospheric at the same time. Vocal-wise Mavradoxa lets us hear atmospheric vocals as well as screams on Lethean Lament, which is a very nice combo. 

Mavradoxa delivers a great album with Lethean Lament. It is very guitar-oriented, music-wise as well as production-wise, but it isn't something which is annoying. This one is definitely recommend for atmospheric black metallers! 

Reviewed by: Tim van Velthuysen
 

Review from Metalfan Zine

January 8, 2018
From: Metalfan Zine
Published: January 3, 2018

Een band die onderdak vindt bij Hypnotic Dirge Records kan bij mij op bovengemiddelde interesse rekenen. Het piepkleine Canadese label heeft de afgelopen jaren bewezen een neusje te hebben voor goede undergroundartiesten, met name op het terrein van de atmosferische black en doom metal. Zo verschenen de afgelopen jaren kwaliteitswerkstukken van Frigoris, Neige Et Noirceur, Ov Hollowness, Netra en Galaktik Cancer Squad. Het Amerikaanse ...

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Review from The Headbanging Moose

December 13, 2017
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: December 12, 2017

Recorded in the spring of 2017, Lethean Lament, the second full-length installment by American Atmospheric Black Metal duo Mavradoxa, is not only a contemplative and majestic album that is expansive, atmospheric and melancholic, but it’s perhaps the best depiction in modern underground music of what’s commonly referred to as “Laurentian Black Metal”, being highly recommended for dreary and rain-soaked days during soli...

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Review from Teeth of the Divine

December 2, 2017
From: Teeth of the Divine
Published: November 29, 2017

Hailing from Rochester, NY, duo Mavradoxa  play a form of atmospheric black metal that would be right at home on Bindrune Recordings. It’s a woodsy, Agalloch rooted form of black metal akin to the likes of  Falls of Rauros, Alda, Wodensthrone and such. However, it does not mean its as good as those bands.

While Mavradoxa check all the boxes for the style; acoustic segues, raspy vocals, deliberate atmospheric pacing, occasional...

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Review from Metallifer Blog

October 19, 2017
From: Metallifer Blog
Published: October 18, 2017
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Mavradoxa est un duo américain fondé en 2015 et adepte du black metal atmosphérique. Aux manettes on trouve le chanteur / guitariste Nival qui était aussi bassiste dans d'autres groupes comme Malformed, Ancalagon, The Highest Leviathan. dans ces groupes Nival était bassiste et par moments aussi chanteur. suite à une certaine lassitude comme bassiste et en vue de développer pleinement son inspiration, Nival a trouvé dans le b...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Webzine

October 18, 2017
From: Infernal Masquerade Webzine
Published: October 17, 2017

With Agalloch disbanding recently, it is time for a new band to take the throne to the best Atmospheric Black Metal outfit in the USA. With “Lethean Lament”, Mavradoxa makes their case to the throne. Unleashing over 60 minutes of highly engaging and intricate music, this release showcases the band’s creativity while unleashing very melodic and powerful songs.

Opening with the Empyrium-esque “Cicadan” acoustic gu...

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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 dar...

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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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 Released: June 22, 2017
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Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

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