I just got the album today in France.
My first impressions are :
- there is less creativity (drums, cellos, chors) on Ashes
- drums and cellos are too much in the background
- vibeke sings less as usual, and vocal parts are not great
- some riffs are pretty good
I am a bit disapointted but i was prepared, i don't know a band that improves every album, I always thing, the previous albums are the best.
I won't vote for the best song right now, I still need some listenings sessions but it will be between "Libre" , "The Wretched", "Shadowman", "Endogenisis".