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EMBRACE THE STORM

Stream Of Passion

 

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3.87 | 86 ratings

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FranMuzak
4 stars NO FRONTIERS

This album proves that music is limitless and that talented artists, no matter where they come from, can work together as a team and achieve interesting things, no matter how they call or tag the result. And I'm saying this because I really don't mind if what they play is Gothic Metal, Prog Metal, Progressive Pop Rock with a metal edge or whatever it is, is very good ROCK. Being from very different countries and cultures I'm amazed about how good these guys managed to fusion their talents and creativity.

Although we all know Arjen Lucassen is the mastermind and creator of the music, the other members play a very important role in this project. You can clearly hear the influence of Marcela and Alejandro from the Mexican band Elfonía in SoP. Also the rhythmic part is very dominant in the music as the base of the heaviness of the band, and the female leader guitar player Lori, plays with passion and has an impressive stage presence (I had the luck to see them live last year).

Some of the songs have the characteristic stamp of Ayreon's sound like "Passion", "Embrace the Storm" or "Calliopeia" and some others with the trade mark of Elfonía like "I´ll Keep On Dreaming", "Breathing Again" or "Nostalgia" and some tracks that sound different of what they´ve done before like "Haunted" or "Open Your Eyes" and even some with a pop approach like "Out In The Real World". This album for sure will delight all the Ayreon followers and fans of melodic metal, and specially, fans of the sweet and yet powerful voice of Marcela Bovio (like I am). A great CD with lots of energy and nostalgic moments from time to time, very good balanced and performed.

4 stars.

FranMuzak | 4/5 |

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