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From the mexican singer of Elfonía-Ayreon Marcela Bovio and, of course the genius Arjen Anthony Lucassen, this new project is a awesome prog-art-metal. The firts album "Embrace the Storm" is another great work from the varius Lucassen´s projects; with some touch of folk references. The work of piano is remarcable.

From the web site: "To form the band, Lucassen used the Internet to tap into the numerous talents that reside all across the globe. A year ago, Dutch drummer Davy Mickers downloaded a special track from Lucassen's website to enter a musicians contest, and used it to showcase his incredible drumming skills. And just recently Lucassen discovered Lori Linstruth, an amazingly skilled American female guitarist residing in Sweden, among the members of the online AYREON Yahoo group. Completing the band are Mexican pianist Alejandro Millán and Dutch bass player Johan van Stratum from the Rock Academy in Tilburg.

The band's creative juices are flowing to and fro between computers stationed in all corners of the world - recording, writing and matching up musical ideas to form songs. The end result is as diverse and driven as each individual band member.

Blending mysterious gothic vocals, metal guitars and atmospheric trip-hop, with haunting pianos and live celli- and violin quartets. The album "Embrace the Storm" will be released fall 2005 through various labels."

J. Santiago S. Astrape, MEXICO



See also:

- Ayreon
- Elfonía
- Hydra

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  • Stream of Passion at Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht on 27 Dec 2014
  • The Gentle Storm + Stream of Passion + Anneke van Giersbergen + more at Melkweg, Amsterdam on 26 Mar 2015
  • The Gentle Storm on 3 Apr 2015
  • The Gentle Storm on 15 Apr 2015
  • The Gentle Storm + Stream of Passion at Divan du Monde, Paris on 22 Apr 2015
  • The Gentle Storm + Stream of Passion at The Garage, London on 23 Apr 2015
  • Stream of Passion on 8 May 2015
  • CityRock Leeuwarden 2015 on 7 Aug 2015

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3.87 | 87 ratings
Embrace The Storm
2005
3.25 | 30 ratings
The Flame Within
2009
4.01 | 22 ratings
Darker Days
2011
3.36 | 11 ratings
A War Of Our Own
2014

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3.55 | 12 ratings
Live In The Real World
2006

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4.01 | 14 ratings
Live In The Real World
2006

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2.17 | 9 ratings
Out in the Real World
2006

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 Darker Days by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Although Stream of Passion are essentially an Ayreon by-product, having kicked off as a side project between Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Marcela Bovio, they've now got multiple albums under their belt without Lucassen being involved in the band, ol' AAJ having returned to his first love. What we get here is tasteful symphonic metal with gothic overtones, competently performed and spiced up by the presence of Bovio's violin - which is actually a fairly subtle presence this time around, adding textures here and there for the most part rather than grabbing centre stage. Happily, the band also show discernment with the running time, keeping things under 55 minute rather than cramming up the gaps on the CD with filler. Not earth-shatteringly brilliant but if you're in a symphonic metal mood it'll probably hit the spot.

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 Darker Days by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Review by Prog Sothoth
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4 stars Stream Of Passion is most known in prog circles as one of Arjen's projects, that guy who's always sporting the Prog Archives shirt on this site's main page. Bailing out after Embrace The Storm, Arjen left the reins in Marcela's hands, who wasn't ready to hang up the SoP name just yet. Whereas their second album ditched most of the group's progressive tendencies for a full- on generic gothic metal release, Darker Days refines their sound and unveils some unique elements that adds lots of needed spice to their music. It may not cater to those in need of a full-on progressive metal experience, but for those who aren't repelled by the whole gothic metal scene featuring corset-clad female vocalists, this is easily one of the better releases out there and does earn enough instrumental flair to be considered 'prog-related'.

One of the more singular aspects of this band's sound for this effort is the occasional utilization of Gert Wantenaar's bandoleon and accordion melodies. It provides a warm texture that, combined with some forays into Latin rhythms and sprinkled Spanish lyrics, brings an exotic charm to the overall album, and hopefully on their next excursion these qualities will be brought to the forefront.

Although not explicitly showcasing themselves, the band members seem well above the norm regarding technical skill as far as their chosen genre is concerned, with occasional shredding solos and snazzy drumwork that are rarely featured if at all concerning gothic metal acts, in which the focus tends to hardly stray from the vocalist while the band chugs away in the background dressed in black and looking generally sour. Marcela also plays the violin as well, which adds more flair to certain tracks.

Vocally, we're dealing with a very pretty voice. So much so, that if the brutally overplayed Titanic theme "My Heart Will Go On" did not luckily manage to sink the entire mushy pop-ballad based music to a level that it hasn't yet recovered from, I can picture Marcela being a prime candidate to duet with an aging Peter Cetera about how awesome love is. She's not a fiery vocalist, which makes for a bit of a contrast when the music's at its heaviest (we're not dealing with anything 'extreme' of course), but she's got a sweet range and an appealing enough tone in general.

Album-wise, the album suffers a bit from sheer length that wouldn't be an issue with a little more variety. There are a couple of welcome ballads which opt for that Latin vibe, but as for the rest of the tracks, many of them are individually excellent, especially the first two numbers, the title track and "This Moment", but there's a bit of repetition in style that could use more of that ethnic influence to fire up the tamales. Don't expect some sort of wild progressive beast here, but if for some reason you find yourself in the mood for one of those Lacuna coil types groups, this album is easily one of the better representatives of that style, specifically due to the talent involved.

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 The Flame Within by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.25 | 30 ratings

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Review by kluseba

3 stars I saw this band on their last Canada tour and thought that they had given a charming and entertaining show even if the band doesn't offer something new to the emerging genre of female fronted symphonic metal bands with power metal influences. They deliver solid and short tracks without too much kitsch and keep a good balance between satisfying guitar solos and keyboard passages. The voice of the Mexican singer is nothing outstanding and reminds of a little bit of Floor Jansen from After Forever and ReVamp but sometimes also of Sabine Edelsbacher from Edenbridge. I would still prefer the mentioned bands to Stream of passion because After Forever are known for their surprising experiments while Edenbridge have many epic and very progressive songs in their diversified repertoire. I think I must not mention that genre leaders like Nightwish are from a different planet, too.

The problem with this record is that most of the songs sound as if we have already heard them somewhere else and as there is not much diversity on the album, especially the middle part of the album gets very long and boring. Songs like "Games We Play" are very ordinary and I ask myself why this kind of music is still written nowadays as we have all heard that over and over again. The boring piano ballad "Run Away" is even worse and is filled with many clichés and a lot of kitsch which enemies of the genre often criticize.

You can't find a couple of good average songs on this album like "A Part Of You" that reminds a lot of Edenbridge and as I like this band I also like this indirect homage to them. The Radiohead cover song "Street Spirit" is a very progressive and powerful track but still only a cover track. It would be great if the band would write this kind of songs for their next record and head for a more progressive touch as they do a convincing job with this one.

There are still a few well done songs on the record. "The Art Of Loss" is a good opener, tight and yet quite diversified in comparison to the rest of the record. The other really good song on this record is "Burn My Pain" with its experimental, dark and atmospheric vibes that give the whole thing a slightly Asian folk touch. I must also admit that "In The End", though it is almost a cheesy pop song, is catchy as hell and does a very good job and also works well live.

After all, this album keeps the balance between inoffensive ordinary songs and a couple of catchy tracks. The band is sympathetic and I would wish them to find their own style soon because some little glimpses of genius are already well hidden on this record. But after all, this album is rather enjoyable background music and not yet a breakthrough. This band is only one out of many. The next time, they should put more heart, soul and uniqueness in their album and I will surely give them another chance.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on February 3rd of the year 2011.

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 Darker Days by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.01 | 22 ratings

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Review by robbob

4 stars The first album of this European-Latin rock band was the best until now(and including this)...with many Ayreon,s roots

The second one was awful :a very simple Gothic pop rock album as the worst of Evanesence(for example).

This one is a kind of a mix ...mostly of the songs are good( taking apart if in the qualification is prog or not prog)..nice melodies ..not so good the instrumental arrangements ...but in spite...good music..

In my opinion the genre is prog metal(again) may be because of...Flames...the genre was re- evaluated as prog related.

Some very good songs in the style of Ayreon (the dis-toned heavy ones) and others remind me very much Kingfisher Sky,s (heavy prog).

So still this is a solid band with an excellent M.Bovio.

3.5 stars...but it is so comfortably to listen to this work in comparison to the last one that I will stay in 4.

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 The Flame Within by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.25 | 30 ratings

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Review by KeepItDark

3 stars Stream of Passion started out as a Arjen Lucassen side project and very much a vehicle for the amazing Mexican singer Marcela Bovio. 'The Flame Within' is Stream Of Passion's second studio release but is marked by several line-up changes with Arjen Lucassen amongst those missing. Strangely the only reference to Arjen is the sticker on the CD cover that says "After hearing the excellent 'The Flame Within', It's clear that I'm not needed at all".

Having purchased (and enjoyed) the first CD 'Embrace The Storm' on the strength of the association of Arjen Lucassen I was uncertain what to expect with 'The Flame Within'.

Overall 'The Flame Within' maintains the same high standard as 'Embrace The Storm' and it is true that Arjen is not missed. The writing, musicianship and production are all very good. The songs are all typically about 4 minutes length with one instrumental track "Street Spirit" (5:23). Although all are of a similar style, the music does not feel repetitive and makes for a good listen.

I don't think any prog archive listener would be disappointed with this work in their collection and I expect that most fans of Gothic music would rate this highly.

3.4 stars. Very good but not essential.

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3.25 | 30 ratings

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Review by plasmatopia

4 stars This is a very solid album. I personally find the melodies much more satisfying than the first album. "Embrace The Storm" is much more uneven in terms of my own enjoyment of the overall experience of the album and only two or three songs really stick out.

Not so for "The Flame Within". It's hardly ground-breaking or challenging, but it delivers in a very solid way. Combining Marcella's amazingly beautiful vocals with these great, catchy melodic ideas makes this album a winner. And the lyrics on this album are mostly very good. It is for these reasons that I feel a rating somewhat above "good" is deserved.

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 Embrace The Storm by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.87 | 87 ratings

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Review by Bonnek
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4 stars This woman-fronted gothic metal thing has certainly been done before, but the songs are so good and the execution is so perfect that it stands as the best album in the genre after the Gathering.

Stream of Passion finds Arjen Lucassen in a more straightforward format. There's none of the lyrical excesses or the pompous orchestration of his main project Ayreon. Nor will you find any traces of that band's operetta / musical approach. Instead we get treated to cleverly composed 5-minute songs, sung by an angel and pressed forward by an endless parade of catchy metal guitar grooves. The execution actually outshines the Gathering's Mandylion and Nighttime Birds by a few miles and can be seen as a musical perfection of what they were up to on those albums.

But, because I had to mention the Gathering already 5 or 6 times in this little review, I can never grant this album 5 starts. Stream of Passion surely delivered a landmark album in this little gothic-metal-with-a-spoonful-of-prog niche but it's not the milestone that - you know who by now ? released on us more then 10 years earlier.

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3.25 | 30 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Maybe there is such a thing as the sophomore jinx. I say that after reviewing ABIGAIL'S GHOST's latest and now this one. Both bands have changed their sound from the debuts. In STREAM OF PASSION's case they've gone from a Prog-Metal style to more of a straight forward sound, mixed with some heaviness. I wasn't surprised to see them listed as Prog- Related now because that's what your getting here. There's 13 tracks over 55 minutes so we get all these 4 minute songs. Lori and Arjen have both left since the debut and I really miss their guitar work. The vocals of course are flawless, i'm a huge Marcela fan.

"The Art Of Loss" opens with piano and vocal melodies as it kicks in heavily. Vocals follow. Some ripping guitar after 2 1/2 minutes and the vocals are great. "In The End" puts the focus squarely on the vocals which isn't a bad thing. Drums and piano are prominant as well. Tasteful guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in. "Now Or Never" opens with piano and heavy riffs then it settles when the vocals arrive. A catchy tune as the contrasts continue. "When You Hurt Me The Most" is my third favourite. Piano and reserved vocals to start as it builds. She sounds excellent here. Guitar solo 3 1/2 minutes in then it ends as it began.

"Run Away" opens with piano (I see a theme here) as reserved vocals join in. Some violin here in this ballad although we do get some power late. Not a fan of this one. "Games We Play" is heavy early until vocals and piano arrive, although the heaviness comes and goes. "This Endless Night" has this powerful undercurrent I like. "My Leader" has a good intro then it settles with vocals and piano. Contrasts continue. I like the vocal melodies. "Burn My Pain" is my favourite. Some atmosphere finally as vocals and heaviness come in. I really like the synths here. A very uplifting song. "Let Me In" is pretty good but "Street Spirit" is much better. My number two. I just like how intense it is and of course the vocals. "A Part Of You" opens with guitar followed by the heaviest section yet. It then settles with vocals the rest of the way. "All I Know" features a guest string quartet with piano and reserved vocals.

This is very close to being 4 stars for me but I can't pull the trigger. 3.5 stars.

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 Live In The Real World by STREAM OF PASSION album cover DVD/Video, 2006
4.01 | 14 ratings

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars I'll admit my cheese detector started twitching just a bit when I began with this DVD but the show is so enjoyable it's hard to care. They pack immediacy, catchiness, an almost unbelievably vivid sound. The pop element is certainly undeniable wrapped in a nimble, tight metal band with talents that astound, vocally and otherwise. Not complex or difficult in any way, the tracks have a similar feel throughout but remain focused on entertainment and energy. This being a rental disc I have spent too little time to comment much on the material, this is but a flash impression. Sharp chugging metal chords, monster drumming, vibrant and colorful keyboard passages, angelic vocals. If you enjoy things like Nightwish, All About Eve, Evanescence, After Forever.you will no doubt appreciate Stream. There is even a bit of a side one Hounds of Love feel in certain tracks, heavier of course, but present. It's shot on a very lowly lit stage, one of the darkest you'll ever see with sharp accent lighting just where necessary. As mentioned the sound is fantastic and the presentation as good as it gets.

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 Embrace The Storm by STREAM OF PASSION album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.87 | 87 ratings

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Embrace The Storm is the debut album from multinational female fronted heavy metal act Stream of Passion. Stream of Passion is another one of Arjen Anthony Lucassen´s ( Ayreon, Ambeon, Star One) projects and features musicians from as different countries as The Netherlands, USA, Mexico and Brazil. The music is build around Mexican female vocalist Marcela Bovio´s beautiful voice. Arjen discovered her and she guested on Ayreon´s The Human Equation album from 2004.

The music is very traditional heavy metal/pop/rock structured and I wouldn´t say that I find this album progressive at all, so even putting it in the Prog-Related catagory is stretching the definition of what is progressive IMO. The only reason for adding Stream of Passion is that Arjen Anthony Lucassen is involved. The songs have chugging heavy metal riffs and lots of melodic elements both in the guitar playing and the omnipresent piano motifs but it´s Marcela Bovio´s melodic melody lines and emotional vocal performance that everything evolves around. The music is not as symphonic as the usual projects from Arjen, but there´s still an unmistakable Arjen flavour to many of the songs. The overall sound is pretty grand.

The songs are very formulaic in structure and you´ll have to look other places for challenging musical experiences. You get what you hear and nothing more. Melodic female fronted heavy metal. Stream of Passion sometimes remind me of Evanescence and that comparison is only strengthened because of the similarities between Marcela Bovio´s and Amy Lee´s voices. All songs are of high compositional quality which is no surprise when Arjen is involved, but the album seriously lack in variation and highlights.

The musicianship is one of the greatest assets on Embrace The Storm as all musicians are well playing and accomplished. The performances are strong but nothing out of the ordinary for the style though.

The production is a typical well crafted and professional modern heavy metal production. Sharp and clean.

Objectively seen this is a good album, but I can´t say I enjoy it much on a personal level. It´s simply the style of music played that is a bit too generic IMO. Among the hundreds of other female led heavy metal acts out there Stream of Passion is just another one IMO. It´s not that I´m happy about it but I can´t give Embrace The Storm less than a 3 star rating because of the high musical quality.

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