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Embrace the Storm Special Edition

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This is stuff cyber dreams are made of! After Dutch guitarist/composer/producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen had finished his latest endeavour, the Ayreon rock opera The Human Equation, he wanted to do two things: showcase the many talents of Mexican singer Marcela Bovio, one of the vocalists on the Ayreon album and form a band for the first time in 10 years.

The result is musically different to what Lucassen usually produces. Embrace The Storm is way more modern than his Rock Operas and has a more gothic metal approach, blending mysterious vocals, metal guitars and atmospheric trip-hop, with haunting pianos and violin quartets. Embrace The Storm will appeal to fans of Ayreon, Evanescence, Nightwish, etc.

The Special Edition bonus disc contains DVD with videoclip, interviews and behind the scene footage.


1. Spellbound
2. Passion
3. Deceiver
4. I’ll Keep On Dreaming
5. Haunted
6. Wherever You Are
7. Open Your Eyes
8. Embrace The Storm
9. Breathing Again
10. Out In The Real World
11. Nostalgia
12. Calliopeia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AQBAS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Arjen Lucassen is an artist who always likes to think outside the box. Whenever he releases an Ayreon disc, he often has to dive into another project where he can clear his mind and use some of his other creative ideas in different musical areas. Stream of Passion is one of these projects. However, it's not just a one-off project. This is the first band Arjen has put together in the last 10 years, and yes, he does plan on going on a tour at the end of the year. Arjen's amazing vocal discovery Marcela Bovio from Mexico already impressed a lot of Ayreon fans with her exceptional performance on The Human Equation album. After the success of the album, Arjen decided to work with her in a different capacity, where he could utilise her talents and concentrate on a whole album with Marcela doing the vocals.

So plans were put into action and a totally new band was formed. With Arjen playing just rhythm guitars and Marcela doing the vocals and playing violin, Johan van Stratum on bass, Marcela's band mate from Elfonia Alejandro Millan on piano, Davy Mickers on drums, and Lori Linstruth on lead guitars also joined the band, equally contributing to the songwriting process and broadening the musical spectrum of Embrace the Storm. Like Marcela, female lead guitarist Lori Linstruth was also found through the internet. Linstruth plays a wide range of guitar solos on the disc with a distinct metal style focusing on melodious flow. Drummer Mickers is an interesting find indeed. Quite different from Arjen's usual skinsman Ed Warby, Mickers renders the album a bit more modern with exceptional timing and rhythmic drive. Finally, Alejandro Millan gives the album an organic edge with his sparse piano melodies often reminding me of Elfonia's new disc This Sonic Landscape.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven Baker on October 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mexican singer Marcela Bovio first came to prominence with her spectacular vocals on Ayreon's "The Human Equation". After working with her on that album, Arjen Anthony Lucassen (AAJ - the brains behind Ayreon), felt that she had a lot more to offer, so he asked her to write the songs. AAJ wrote all the music and "Stream of Passion" (SoP) is the result of their collaboration.

For those who don't know of the Ayreon material (shame on you), Marcela's voice is extremely powerful and melodic and tends to stay around the higher range of vocals.

I have heard suggestions that SoP sound similar to Evanescence, an impression that was somewhat reinforced by the two tracks that were available for download before this album was released. However, these tracks ("Passion" and "Deceiver") are the closest that it gets to conventional rock / metal. In fact, with the higher pitched vocals and the darker, gothic feel, it seems to have a little more in common with Nightwish. For me though, Nightwish were very difficult to get into and enjoy, whereas SoP grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the CD stops spinning... Then you just have to start it all over again.

There are some elements, which mean that "Embrace the Storm" is not as immediately accessible as the more conventional rock or metal albums. The vocals range from high to very high (but always top quality) and the gothic tone that pervades the whole album may not be to everyone's taste. There is a smattering of Spanish lyrics, all nicely translated in the in lay. Occasionally, Marcela hits some notes that are surprising in their context and while this is by no means a bad thing (a very good thing, as far as I'm concerned), it can catch you off-guard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad W. Armstrong on January 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Unlike some reviewers who are Ayreon fans, I became familiar with Stream Of Passion through Lori Linstruth's works. When I first received this album, I listened to practically nothing but this album for a week straight. Now that I've had the album for several months and things have settled down, I have had the chance to truly reflect on the strength of this album. Even after the initial hit, I'm still coming back to this album and loving it.

Unlike many albums which have a couple select songs which one immediately jumps straight to, this album is a masterpiece from start to finish. The album begins with "Spellbound" which is not so much a song, but more akin to a musical score set to create the atmosphere and ambiance of the coming album. The next two songs "Passion" and "Deceiver" are strong hitters. The album then comes down with "I'll Keep On Dreaming", which is a quiet song, but somewhat dark and emotionally powerful. One of my favorite songs "Haunted" is up next which has a great rhythmic vibe to it which is featured in the Stream of Passion promotional trailer. "Wherever You Are" is another one of the songs which may not catch you on the first time, but it will draw you in with subsequent listens.

The next song "Open Your Eyes" is a ballad, but it has one of the most powerful solos I've ever heard, which is on par with other songs like MSG's "Neverending Nightmare", Yngwie's "I'd Die Without You", or Electric Sun's "Indian Dawn". This is one of the crowning achievements to this album. Things pick back up with "Embrace The Storm", which is a very catchy number. "Breathing Again" is another of these numbers which may not be instantly catchy, but I've found myself coming back to this number every now and again, just like all of the songs on this album.
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