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Stream Of Passion


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3.27 | 40 ratings

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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.

KeepItDark | 3/5 |


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