Review from Metal Addicts

July 1, 2019
From: Metal Addicts
Published: June 25, 2019

It is always such a great surprise when a band combines the old and the new with a very personal harsh, and some kind of, squeaky voice – in the good sense, my child of the night. Mavradoxa with “Nightmarrow” get very near what Cirith Ungol did in the 1980s. That’s the very first reminder that comes to my mind due to the strange, but yet exciting instrumentals and the aforementioned vocals. When I say strange I really don’t mean that instrumentals are awkward, it’s simply that they are out of the pattern. Not exactly out of the pattern, but it’s that one may find odd they way Mavradoxa play due to tha melodic, and yet, personal tones. Try at once “The Carrion Shade” and go right to its seven to eight minutes. The combination of the melodic, but thin tone will give you a great sample of what Mavradoxa mean.

Now I’ve got to write about the vocals just because they are really something. His voice is very, but very near Cirith Ungol’s Tim Baker very personal tone of voice. Though, Zach Smith’s tone is a bit more Black Metalish, of course, than Tim’s, yet the feeling is the same. When I listen to Mavradoxa Cirith Ungol come right away to my mind. This is such a cumpliment, guys! Check Cirith Ungol out and you’ll get what I’m trying to say. Compositions also help a lot to get this feeling because of their melodic and somewhat uncanny sonance. There is a 1970ish mood that fills up all the songs especially when it comes to the guitars tones.

“Nightmarrow” is an album that will please old timers and the ones eager for news. Of course, no news enough to still be Metal. Tracks like “Black Crystal Snowfall” sound a bit more Cirith Ungol than the others, but the feeling is great. The old and the new come together in six nice and easy tracks that fill up your day with that joy that only Metal can give you.

Mavradoxa “Nightmarrow” was released on May 02nd via Hypnotic Dirge Records.

Review from Metal Temple

June 18, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: June 18, 2019

New York's MAVRADOXA is like going to the woods,  those ancient places where you commune with the spirit of nature, but modern at the same time, not too far away, and with Wi-Fi. Although they have a lot similarities and share influences of bands that came before them, they're really trying to forge their own way, and that's something to be thankful for. In a time where many metal musicians get complacent and think emulating what they hav...

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Review from Metal Bulletin

June 18, 2019
From: Metal Bulletin Zine
Published: June 16, 2019

Black metal, as interpreted by this New York State band, means an effort to make the recording as real as possible, that sounds like human beings playing music; less software; more playing. This band does well in their use of melody on this, their third album. It is very likable to hear a recording in which the drums sound real, the extra noisiness of real cymbals, and the overall labor that is drumming. The bass guitar is there an...

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Review from Metalpit

June 3, 2019
From: Metalpit
Published: May 26, 2019

Il terzo disco dei Mavradoxa, dopo le due discrete produzioni che l’hanno preceduto, ha un obbiettivo chiaro: dare certezze e far capire come il quartetto statunitense abbia le carte in regola per fare strada, continuando al meglio quanto iniziato. Se consideriamo anche l’esperienza che hanno acquisito i membri nell’ultimo decennio (nei cinque anni di attività con questo progetto e anche con altre band), aspettarsi un salto di qualità ...

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Review from United Rock Nation

May 20, 2019
From: United Rock Nations
Published: May 16, 2019 

Mavradoxa, un nom qui vient du grec et que l'on traduirait par « Darkworship », est un quatuor américain formé en 2015 et qui a sorti son premier album, « Sojourners », dès 2016, rapidement suivi de « Lethean Lament », en 2017. Cette année c'est avec « Nightmarrow » que le groupe nous invite à découvrir son univers et ses propositions musicales.

La première chose qui saute aux yeux, enfin aux oreilles en l'occurrence,...

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Review from Nine Circles

May 2, 2019
From: Nine Circles
Published: May 1, 2019

No one on Earth has ever said, “You know what we need more of?  Melodic, atmospheric black metal.”  And yet, here we are with Mavradoxa, nailing that melodic mid-paced black metal to the bone on third album Nightmarrow and you know what?  I dig it.  I dig it quite a bit.  More than just another band hitting the same notes as everyone else, there’s a strong melodic bent and a tendency to shy away from more overt black metal moments to ...

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Review from The Metal Observer

May 2, 2019
From: The Metal Observer
Published: May 1, 2019

Hailing from upstate New York, Mavradoxa renders mental images of North American woodlands in the autumn and early winter with a tapestry of black metal, hints of prog, and more than a taste of the slow, doomy post-metal that made Agalloch famous. As the band’s third album, Nightmarrow, drifts back and forth between serene acoustic bits, streams of meditative black metal and occasional progressive flourishes, a massive vignette of n...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

April 29, 2019
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 28, 2019 

Mavradoxa are an atmospheric black metal band from the US and this is their third album.

Afer enjoying 2017’s memorable Lethean Lament, Mavradoxa have now returned with a shorter album, (43 minutes vs its predecessor’s 62 minutes), that sees them focused, lean, and firing on all cylinders.

Expressive and atmospheric, as well as taking on an increased progressive feel in places, Nightmarrow is a highly melodic and emotive listen. So...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

April 26, 2019
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: April 25, 2019

Mavradoxa are a four piece based in New York. The band have been together since 2016 and have so far released 2 albums before Nightmarrow; 2016’s Sojourners and 2017’s Lethean Lament. The band play a mix of Atmospheric Black Metal and Post Black Metal. Lyrically the album focuses on Isolation and hopelessness of urban dystopias; it juxtaposes the purity of nature with the poison of urbanity. The album highlights humanities head...

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Review from Chama do Metal

April 14, 2019
From: Chama Do Metal
Published: April 10, 2019

Formada em 2016 em Nova Iorque, EUA, Mavradoxa apresenta o ouvinte um característico Atmospheric Black Metal. Possuindo três álbuns na bagagem, sento “Sojourners” em 2016, “Lethean Lament” de 2017, e este que será comentado, deste mesmo ano.

Fazendo jus ao subgênero, Mavradoxa não falha com o que promete, trazendo imersão em uma atmosfera dramática, solitária as vezes e reflexiva, pode se assim dizer, trazendo elementos...

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 Released:  May 2, 2019
500 Copies
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal