|When Ashes You Leave was formed back in 1995 all the odds were against them. Back in those days dreaming about music success in war torn Croatia was just one step from being classified as a lunatic. But a few young doom metal fans had a different idea. They actually decided to beat the odds and formed, what later becomes the biggest Croatian metal band of all times - Ashes You Leave.
After recording two demos, they attracted attention from record labels and decided to sign for Morbid Records from Germany. That deal led to release of their debut album "The Passage Back to Life". Although seemingly opus dedicated to their childhood heroes like My Dying Bride, this album is considered by many as THE classic doom metal album that will stand the test of time and have its place into doom metal's Hall of Fame if one was ever to be created.
Since they were full of ideas and energy it took them only a year to release the second album "Desperate Existence". This was clearly a step forward from their doom roots and is widely considered (and deservedly so) as the darkest AYL record ever (hence the title). With already established huge fan base throughout world, AYL had great expectations from their 3rd album "The Inheritance of Sin and Shame" and it proved to be a milestone in their career.
Not only that it simply swept most of the reviewers of their feet and outsold its predecessors, it gave the band their first taste of foreign stages as AYL embarked on their virgin European tour. Finally the fans had a chance to witness the band in live situation. And most of them were surprised by the ferocity and heaviness that hit them. After the release of "The Inheritance of Sin and Shame" AYL faced potentially huge problem.
Their long time singer Dunja was unable to be a part of the band anymore and AYL started a search for a new singer. And they were very fortunate to find Marina, young and extremely talented singer. She was a member of the Croatian most elite female choir Putokazi and settled nicely into the band. Many waited passionately to hear the new voice of AYL and were stunned when "Fire" album was released.
Big success of the album opened some new doors for the band and AYL have finally stepped on some of the biggest stages in the Europe, performing on festivals like Summer Breeze (with Dimmu Borgir, Paradise Lost…), Metal Female Voices (with Nightwish, Epica…) or Wave Gothic Treffen (with Moonspell, My Dying Bride…). Release of "Fire" album meant the end of one part of AYL career. It was obvious that Morbid records, firmly rooted into death metal scene, could no longer be a home for AYL. Therefore the band decided not to renew their contract but rather search for a new label.
After 5 years of songwriting and an additional line up changes (the most notable one being a new singer Tamara), AYL were ready to record their 5th album. All these years of songwriting were time wisely spent since new album is a stunning collection of beautifully crafted gothic / doom masterpieces. Filled with a mix of amazing melodies, heavy guitar riffs, sorrowful violin parts and enchanting vocals, "Songs Of The Lost" is not only the most complete and mature AYL album yet, it is an album worth 7 years of waiting. But the waiting is finally over, "Songs Of The Lost" will be released in spring of 2009. through Greek label Sleaszy Rider .