"Desperate Existence" is the second album of Croat band ASHES YOU LEAVE and it doesn't really differ from their first and third album. Very doomy Gothic Metal with growls and female voice, violin and flute.
Basically something that many other bands play, too, and I regret to have to say that many other bands do it better. The six songs (I leave out the intro and outro) all are between six and ten minutes and the fact alone that they are almost exclusively in slow-paced rhythms doesn't bring too many dynamics into the songs.
They try their best to differ through unusual vocal-lines, the violin and the flute, a feat in which they succeed to a point and the calmer parts, only borne by drums, violin and flute are good, too, but overall there is too little going on within the songs, they sound too uniform, sometimes it is even hard to say, if the song still is on or if the next one already is playing. That the vocals are not exactly brilliant doesn't add the appeal of the album, even though the musical performance leaves only very little to be desired.
Overall a mediocre album at best, which's main problem is the lack of variety and dynamics, making the album hopelessly go under in the mass, all fans of Gothic Metal can check it out, but there are so many bands out there that have more to offer... A pity...