Flame Within Limited Edition
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Originally the brainchild of Arjen Lucassen's (Ayreon, Star One...), Stream of Passion is now ready to release their second studio album. "The Flame Within" leaves its predecessor in the dust thanks to mature songwriting that presents a further developed band able to give Gothic Metal a newfound profundity.Carried by Marcela Bovios' fantastic vocal lines, Stream of Passion delivers the entire spectrum of human emotions-at times dreamy and melancholic, at others uninhibited and forward pressing. In this way, heavy riffs merge with romantic undertones in majestic unity. Jens Bogren's (Fascination Street Studios) mastering work allows the tracks' subtle nuances to come into play. "The Flame Within" is more than a loosely arranged sequence of songs, but rather a holistic Gothic Metal masterpiece complete with mystic elements and sonorous symphonic romanticism.
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And that's where this album comes in. It's sturdy. It has gentle passages and lots of, well, keyboard metal, but the production feels strong, full bodied and with a voice a few octaves more into the human realm than many of her competitors Marcela Bovio is a worthy ringmaster. Taken as a whole this album - which seems somehow appropriate - sounds like the work of a band, and given the groups status as effectively a project put together by Arjen Lucassen that has now taken on a life of its' own that is a good thing. In fact on my copy there is a sticker on the front cover with a quote by Lucassen stating that "....after hearing the excellent `The Flame Within' it's clear that I'm not needed at all!" A little part of me wants to believe that darn near any band or project could use some of his talent but I understand what he is getting at. And perhaps the more straight forward structures of many of these tracks benefit in a way from his absence in a sense.
Overall an album of quality that any fan of the genre should pick up as given it's consistency it should reward both the casual and more observant listener with its melodies, connective structures and pleasant production values.
It is the follow-up to their debut album, Embrace the Storm.
Many of the songs are very atmospheric. Violins and keyboards blend very well on each track with Marcelo's powerful voice.
In fact, Marcelo Bovio plays violin on several tracks.
Also, she was a founding member of the Mexican band Elfonia.
This is a five star album!
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the band really improved over their last album in every way possible
the lyrics are very well written and the amazing vocals by marcela will
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