Roughly two years ago we had the pleasure of premiering a great song (“Across the Nival Grove“) from Lethean Lament, the second album by the New York black metal band Mavradoxa, which followed their full-length debut, a wonderful 2016 album named Sojourners. Today we’re in the fortunate position of bringing you more new music by this talented group from Rochester — the title track off their forthcoming third album, Nightmarrow, which will be released by Hypnotic Dirge Records on May 2nd.
Thematically, the new album is described as “a meditation on the isolation and hopelessness of our age (particularly in the realm of the urban), and the consequences of technology and voracious consumption of resources”. Those themes are evident in the lyrics of the title song, which portray specters (the “nightmarrow”) that “lurk beneath the glow” of labyrinthine corridors of neon and steel. “They kiss our pale blue lips / They bloom in pestilence”, and they are the distillation of humankind’s malevolent qualities — in the band’s description, “the interminable urge to consume, to control, and the chaos that results….”