I hardly consider Ashes as the best album. It lacks everything Tristania had before. No power, no strong guitars and monumental parts. That's what I loved Tristania for. Ashes is just sad and bit boring. Of course I listen to it from time to time, cause I love Tristania but definitely it's not the best album, I'd rather say that it's weakest.
(it's only my personnal opinion, I think i have a right to write it