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Ashes You Leave : The Inheritance of Sin and Shame

Ashes You Leave offer us atmospheric Doom in the vein of The 3rd and the Mortal on this third release. Being underestimated a lot, they desperately try to lose their image as a clone band. This image, created by their previous albums, is slowly fading away, and although My Dying Bride is still their no.1 influence, this album shows a slightly more original way of playing atmospheric Doom than before.

Sadness and romance, the well-known keywords for atmospheric Doom, are brought to us through the 8 songs that this album contains. 'Tin Horns', the first track on this CD, is a song that represents the whole album; variations between the female vocals and grunts, heavy guitars and mellow parts, and of course lots of atmosphere. Where the female vocals on their previous releases were annoying, on this album they're quite good. She can't be compared to Kari (The 3rd and the Mortal) or Marriane (Left Hand Solution), but at least they don't annoy me!

This album contains some good songs like 'Your Divinity', the sad 'Miles of Worn-Out Days' and the romantic 'Amber Star'. But, despite of these good songs, this album also contains some, in my view, very disappointing songs such as the instrumental, and even silly, 'Shepherd's Song' and the boring 'And Thus you Poured Like Heaven Wept'.

I remember the first times I heard this, I liked it. But now it has become boring. The songs are often too alike and therefor I skip most songs. Too bad, because I'm sure these artists are talented enough to produce something more attractive! Conclusion: Ashes You Leave seem to float on a river of clones, which brings them closer to the sea of originality with every release.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Tin Horns
2. Your Divinity
3. Shepherd's Song
4. Miles of Worn-Out Days
5. When Withered Flowers Begin to Bloom
6. And Thus You Poured Like Heaven Wept
7. The Inheritance of Sin and Shame
8. Amber Star

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Rob Compaijen
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