[ Logo: Old Ruins ]
9,5 / 10
➤ "OLD RUINS deliver a tour de force on their full-length debut, combining the raw frenzy of Black Metal with exquisite melodies and riffs from Heavy and Epic Metal. This album is by no means just a homage to a cult game, but skillfully forged black stainless steel!"
9 / 10
➤ "... a dark, atmospheric album, coupled with influences from Death Metal and doom, as well as from classic Heavy Metal ... anyone who likes dark and atmospheric Black Metal should definitely risk an ear here ..."
8,7 / 10
➤ "... an album rich in detail, full of subtleties ... multi-layered in its orientation, but still at home in melodic Black Metal. A promising newcomer, of whom you certainly haven't heard the last ... my insider tip for this month. Strong."
8,5 / 10
➤ "... a heavyweight ... jewel ..."
8,5 / 10
➤ "… Krajewski's harsh vocals are typical for the genre, but his fine guitar leads and harmonies are worthy of any Epic Metal combo and have nothing to do with some blind bludgeoning from the Black Metal mud corner. By the way, this also applies to the production …"
8 / 10
➤ "… very great sounding atmospheric and melodic mixture of Black, Death, Doom and Heavy Metal …"
(A Different Shade Of Black Metal)
8 / 10
➤ "Rounded off by an oldschool but nevertheless tidy and powerful production that should satisfy purists as well as friends of modern Metal productions. Let's hope that the Ruhr area formation will follow this promising starting signal with many more releases, because here we could have a very exciting new entry in the black metal lexicon. And in such a hopelessly overrun genre, this fact alone is a small accolade!"
8 / 10
➤ "... epic sound that lies somewhere between late-80s Bathory, mid-range Immortal, early In Flames and Dissection ... while not missing out on great melodies and clear references to classic Heavy Metal ... melancholy and epicness are the two cornerstones ..."
12 / 15
➤ "... should convince not only the quality-conscious Black- but also the inclined Epic-Metaller ..."
7,5 / 10
➤ "... score with a proper Heavy Metal attitude ... spirit meets melancholy and finds a nice balance ... the songs are varied, but always have their own style and sound homogeneous ... everything sounds like from one cast ... interesting and detailed, without overwhelming ... comparisons to Alcest, but also newer Tribulation spontaneously come to mind ..."
3,7 / 5
➤ "... sounds like dark big battles ... besides genre-typical jangling and tremolo riffs there is also a good portion of Power, Thrash and Death Metal ... partly almost traditional metal underpinnings. That makes mood. The sound is also not cold and clanking, but quite dense and fat ... a plus of atmosphere even reminds something of the Irish Primordial ... quite surprising ..."
7 / 10
➤ "It almost feels like there is a hidden meaning underneath the surface of Christian Krajewski’s vocals with a fresh emotive quality rising to the surface from the black depths, something which works very well … despite being shrouded in a cloak of darker atmospheres there is a real sense of epic majesty ..."
➤ "OLD RUINS do a lot of things right on their debut 'Always Heading East', above all they know how to create an atmosphere that sweeps the listener along and where it doesn't matter if you know the source of inspiration or set off ignorantly down the dark paths to Tristram. Black/heavy/doom metal that isn't hard to digest and is fun to listen to."
➤ "… they master a broader spectrum of Metal music … sounds sharp and does not have the atmosphere that the representatives of the genre usually aim for … compositionally it is also quite edgy, but this is due to the organisational talent that seems to generally characterise these creators … the melodic moments are pronounced … carry something distinctive …"
(Flight Of Pegasus)
➤ "In many ways, the album hits those emotions that grab you, consume you and at the same time are delivered so (almost) elegantly that you just want more all the time … there are elements of several branches of Metal, but imagine some of the early In Flames, a little Children Of Bodom, a little Arch Enemy and then add a little Tribulation and mix it well together, and you have the sound of OLD RUINS - presented here on a really good album that will surely appeal to many."
➤ "A crushing Heavy/Post Black Metal album. It's heavy. It hits hard. At the same time, it's also beautiful and soaring high with its elegant moments that can touch your very soul. A moving record while being brutal with a high-dynamic sound."
➤ "Dissection/(early) In Flames/Dark Tranquillity meets Epic Heavy Metal in all its powerful, enthralling, captivating glory. High Heavens, Burning Hells!"
➤ "… much to love about this … heavy, but often not blistering, with headbanging beats and hypnotic riffs … the subtle Black Metal influence is there, without OLD RUINS having to rely on it much, creating a unique sound … great …"
(Wanna Hear a Great Song Today?)
➤ "... clear recommendation ... melodic guitar harmonies ... OLD RUINS are clever songwriters and change tempo and mood in pretty much all tracks again and again, so that no boredom arises ... really strong album, somewhere between Black and Heavy Metal, whereby the latter clearly predominates ... is really fun ... I had not expected otherwise after the great EP ..."
➤ "... very atmospheric ... influences from Melodic Metal clearly recognisable ... slight doom influences that give the songs more depth and balance, making them even more accessible than they already are ... perfectly staged and also produced ... professionals at work ..."