Reflection Black is the manifestation of mastermind’s Elis Alex musical visions, originating from the urban landscapes of Athens, Greece. The band aims at delivering melodic Goth Rock and Post-Punk with a modern 21st century edge and the darkest imagery, infused by Alex’s Black Metal past (Ravencult, Nigredo). The result is dark, fast and polished striking the perfect balance between dreamy synth lines, crystalline guitars and infectious vocal hooks. Reflection Black has released the debut 3-track EP “Entering Dreamtime” in May 2022 through Razorbleed Productions (Harakiri for the Sky, Thy Light, Clouds, etc.) with the first full-length album being scheduled for release through SwissDarkNights in March 2023.
Reflection Black releases debut full length album, “Last Stop To Nowhere” via Swiss Dark Nights.
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Watch the Official video for “No Stars In The Sky” and lyric video for "Yet Unseen Colours" here (press on the photos, below).
Following the release of the debut 3-track EP Entering Dreamtime in 2022, Reflection Black are back with their first full-length album, Last Stop to Nowhere.
“Last Stop To Nowhere” is the debut full length album from Reflection Black and it is the album that will lead the listener to the unexplored paths of the dark, post-punk and goth rock sounds. Eight tracks, eight views of the darkest side of music through the eyes and mind of Elis Alex.
The album title summarizes the essence of the lyrical themes explored throughout the entire record, “a sense of mental and spiritual escapism with the questioning of current realities of all forms”, explains Alex. “By exploring the concepts of sleep, death, dreams and the occult in the album’s lyrics, spiritual elevation and degradation can be seen as two sides of the same coin leading to a state of non-existence, the last stop to nowhere.”
Elis Alex on “Last Stop To Nowhere”: “With Last Stop To Nowhere I can say that I have made an album that I am truly happy with. One record, eight tracks, each one different from each other but still forming a very consistent big picture without any fillers. One should expect quite a few surprises in the album, from catchy riffs to heavily layered atmospheric synths and even guitar and saxophone solos. When it comes to the album’s lyrics, themes such as sleep, death, dreams and the occult are being explored extensively. In the end, most of the lyrical themes come down to a general context of mental and spiritual escapism with the questioning of current realities of all forms.”
Recorded during 2022, the album was mixed and mastered by George Emmanuel (Lucifer’s Child, ex-Rotting Christ) at Pentagram Studio in Athens, Greece. Last Stop to Nowhere showcases the full potential of the band’s songwriting skills with 8 distinct tracks of melodic and innovative Goth/Post-Punk which bring together diverse elements of all aspects of the genre in the most consistent way. Vocals were recorded in Red Panda Studio with Sokratis Bebis. Cover art and layout by Alex Eckman Lawn.
The album stands out due to the imaginative synthesis of multiple elements from the genres of Post-Punk, Darkwave, Goth or even Metal. Album opener “Post Sleep Trauma” features catchy riffs and a surprising saxophone solo with a darkened Surf Rock mood. Lead single “No Stars In The Sky” is a classic, contagious Post-Punk tune but with the lyrical content about the black forces of entropy shutting down the light of existence reaching almost Black Metal territory. Towards the end of the album, “Yet Unseen Colours” is an unexpected anthemic interlude with an ambient atmosphere of heavily layered synths talking about an alternative sensory reality explored through dreams.
With "Last Stop to Nowhere", Reflection Black brings a boundary-pushing approach to the table. The future awaits for even more of their visions from the blackest depths of the other side of the mirror.