Well, I actually bought Ashes first, as it was the only one I could find at the time here in the US. I had heard clips of Tristania before buying it, though. Cure stood out as a favorite track immediately, though I was not too impressed with the rest until it grew on me a while later. My second and third Tristania albums, WW and BtV, I found at a shop specializing in obscure metal, goth, etc. Then I bought WoG, through iTunes. I prefer buying the hard copy, though, and am thus still looking for Illumination.