Illenium - Ashes
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February 15, 2016 / Release Date
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Seeking Blue / Label
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How to Illenium:
Step One: Make a generic FutureBass Electro-Pop Banger
Step two: Open a Limiter
Step three: Turn down Ceiling -0.1 dB.
Step four: Boost Post-Gain as high as you can for maximum loudness. Make sure to compress as loud as possible
Step five: Repeat process 12 times
Congrats! You just made an Illenium Album!


This album is iconic and extremely important to me. Even if most of it isn't really unique, songs like Afterlife are incredibly emotional and pretty unique considering it's meldub. That song alone may be in my Top 100 songs of all time.
Ashes and Awake remind me of better times.


Illenium is a conflicting artist.

On one hand, he's created some of the most important EDM bangers of the 2010s. On the other hand, he's created some of the most basic, un-listenable songs in the same decade. He can make a masterpiece on one song, but then flop like a fish on the next one.

The best thing I can say about Ashes, his first LP, is that it’s both his most consistent and his most inconsistent.

Many of the songs on this album are flat out fantastic. Reverie, Fortress, and ... read more

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Added on: July 7, 2017