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on January 28, 2013
The Flame Within by Stream of Passion does contain some unique songs symbolizing the various stages of love and life. "In The End" is one of my favorite songs on this cd. I listen to various types of music and felt compelled to give this cd a chance. The only reason why I reluctantly give it three stars is due to the fact that I would recommend "The Flame Within" by Stream of Passion more for those who have more than a casual interest in gothic rock and because of the spellbinding singing voice of the singer.
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on January 2, 2010
Well, it's already a known fact that Marcela Bovio's voice is hauntingly beautiful throughout "The Flame Within" as well as on "Embrace the Storm". One reviewer commented that Stream of Passion was interesting to listen to, but bands such as Nightwish and Epica convey the style of Gothic Metal and Darkwave so much better than SOP. One important fact had been omitted from this review as well as other favorable reviews was that of aural intimacy. Yes, SOP has a far more sensitive sound than Nightwish or Epica could ever hope for! The music was written entirely to showcase the rich, creamy sweetness of Marcela Bovia's voice. When she sings, it is as if she is singing directly to the listener, creating emotionally charged, aural love so-to-speak, unlike that of Epica who always seem to get lost in over-production. Even with thick instrumental production, Marcela maintains an integral part of SOP, not ever getting buried in choral and orchestral backings or multi-layered metal guitar riffing! Stream is most successful building textural musical patterns around Marcela's gorgeous voice as is evident on "Wherever You Are", "Open Your Eyes", and "Embrace the Storm" from their first studio release. Actually, I think SOP pulled this off better here with "Embrace the Storm", but I had a hard time with Lori Linstruth's overuse of her whammy bar to the point of obnoxiousness, even though I highly regard her as an accomplished and talented guitarist! Stephan Schultz's lead guitar wizzardry is a welcomed replacement on "The Flame Within", but I think Arjen Anthony Lucassen will be sadly missed in the long run, especially his tunesmithing, as I am partial to "Embrace the Storm"! Either way, I found it necessary to obtain all of SOP's CD's to date and I look forward to another CD, hopefully in the near future!"The Flame Within" is still a great album in it's own right, and if you can focus on the intimacy of Marcela's vocals and how personal they actually become,in contrast to the awesome intensity that the band possesses, all will fall into place for you. For now, just allow the music of Stream of Passion to envelop, wrap around you, and stimulate all of your senses! SOP will not disappoint!
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on January 30, 2010
Though not as good as their last offering, the latest SoP release is a good effort considering this is the first time this group has actually written songs together after breaking off from their fearless leader a few years ago. Keep your eyes on this band, they have great ideas. I think they will continue to break new ground.
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on August 31, 2014
There is actually no Track 14 in this Limited Edition. It says that it includes track 14. This is weird!!! I'm NOT happy with it
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on September 7, 2014
Hard, but not too hard with symphonic elements
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on May 6, 2010
what can i say
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
take you to another world
i can't think of any bad track on this album. all of them are amazing
especially the first half of the album
the standout songs for me were:
( the art of loss - when you hurt me the most - run away - far and apart - in the end )
i can't recommend this album enough and i'm 100% sure everyone will find
something to like in this album just give it a chance
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on May 2, 2010
This is definitely one of the best CDs I have received. The service was fast and efficient and the product arrived in excellent condition. I'm lovin' it!
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