Fascinating tragedy

Title: Always Heading East
Base: Gelsenkirchen • Germany
Style: Black Metal
Genre: Melodic Death Metal, Black Metal, Post Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
FFO: Early In Flames, Children Of Bodom,
Arch Enemy, Tribulation
Type: Full-length
Format: CD + Vinyl
Label: Doc Gator Records
Release: Sept. 15, 2023

🔘 The top debut album of the capable Germans
🔘 Individual, also vocally highly distinctive style
🔘 Melodic-catchy, gripping Black Metal

[ Official Video ]

OLD RUINS can be rightly classified as BLACK METAL, whereby the resourceful German formation has created its own, very individual style with many influences from the areas of Heavy, Doom and Melodic Metal and is thus a very appreciated term to a large part of the underground scene already since their first demos on YouTube.

[ Pic: Anna-Lena Hickmann ]

OLD RUINS also made first plans for their stage debut, but the Lord Of Destruction had other plans and brought the world a pandemic. However, OLD RUINS were not discouraged by this and began in August 2020 with the recordings of the completely convincing 6-track debut EP "Old Ruins", which physically and digitally passed the gates of hell on November 06, 2020 and brought darkness from the heart of the Ruhr area over Tristram. 

On September 15, 2023, OLD RUINS will release their first long-player entitled "Always Heading East" on Doc Gator, with which the record company proves exquisite taste. 

OLD RUINS was founded in 2019 and was initially supposed to be a pure studio project of drummer Alexander Czernik and singer/lead guitarist Christian Krajewski. But the thus only really hungry players quickly developed a damn dark, very atmospheric sound, which is still not easy to categorize and which remains not least because of this permanently as fascinating as exciting and wear-free.

[ Artwork: Timon Kokott ]

Inspired by their ingenious concept, they completed the line-up with Oliver Krajewski on bass and Ersin Kara on guitar. About their debut album "Always Heading East" the conspiratorial gloomy souls say:

"The lyrics lyrically refer to the video game classic 'Diablo' from Blizzard. The dark atmosphere of the game has always fascinated us immensely. Whether the tragic story without any happy ending, or the neglected (sound)worlds on 'Always Heading East' were the main inspiration is hard to say today", but "when you close your eyes and put the record on, you really dive into the mystical story of the dark wanderer", Christian Krajewski raves fervently, adding: "If you're not versed in the history of the video game, you can still immerse yourself in the dark musical world of the album and enjoy the soothingly atmospheric Black Metal sound. "

Where Iron Maiden have to deal with only one beast, the brave warriors of OLD RUINS are exposed to numerous spawns of hell. Face to face they bravely take on MEPHISTO the Lord Of Hate, LILITH - Daughter Of Mephisto and Queen Of The Succubi, TATHAMET The Seven-headed Dragon and BAAL The Lord Of Destruction.

Follow these exceptionally talented German top artists on their new adventures in "Always Heading East" and dive into a dark, atmospheric sound experience of a very special kind - inspired by the legendary world of Diablo!

OLD RUINS • Online:


01. The Dark Wanderer 06:56
02. Tristram 04:56
03. The Desert Sands 04:55
04. Risen From The Grave 07:03
05. The Fallen Temple 06:50
06. Mephisto 05:41
07. Lord Of Hell 04:07
08. Sescheron 04:59

total 45:27

Christian Krajewski • Lead Guitars, Vocals
Ersin Kara • Guitars
Oliver Krajewski • Bass
Alexander Czernik • Drums

2020 • Old Ruins • EP
2023 • Always Heading East • Full-length

OLD RUINS are available for interviews via phone, Skype, Zoom & email