Mavradoxa are a band from New York that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays a very melodic and atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Nightmarrow" which will be released in May by Hypnotic Dirge Records.
A very heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some black metal screams being introduced onto the recording a few seconds later. Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length while the solos and leads also utilize a great amount of melody as well as adding in a touch of traditional metal.
At times the screams also get very depressive sounding while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a decent amount of blast beats. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them along with the music also getting very atmospheric sounding at times.
Throughout the recording you can also gear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. When tremolo picking is utilized it gives the music more of a raw feeling and as the album progresses clean playing and clear vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and a couple of the tracks are acoustic instrumentals, at times the music also gets very progressive sounding. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover isolation and hopelessness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Mavradoxa and if you are a fan of melodic and atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Carrion Shade" and "Black Crystal Snowfall". 8 out of 10.