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Stream Of Passion


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3.85 | 114 ratings

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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.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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