I was rather impressed with STREAM OF PASSION’s inaugural offering the quite splendid “Embrace The Storm”. An almost perfect mix of Progressive Metal/Rock and Goth fronted by the immaculate voice of Marcela Bovio. Obviously the name of AYREON man Arjen Anthony Lucassen will focus much attention on such a young band but by no means does that make STREAM OF PASSION his project. This is very much a collective of talented musicians brought together to make a sublime cacophony of Rock noises. Lucassen stands tall (physically and musically) but he doesn’t steal the limelight.
The talent of Lucassen is unquestionable on this live DVD but he certainly gets a run for his money by fellow six-stringer Lori Linstruth who handles each riff and solo with sickening ease. Bovio’s voice, accompanied by her sister Diana, perfectly suits the ebbs and flows of the music on offer. Sometimes Metal heavy riffing, duelling guitars at other times deeply moving keyboard layered indulgences. Her voice tackles all with a beguiling confidence. Both ladies excel on AYREON’s “Valley Of The Queens” and don’t put a foot wrong throughout the entire show.
Recorded on the band’s European tour last year you’d be hard pressed to notice that they are only one album old such is the cohesion, on stage energy and unrelenting musical quality. Lucassen even throws in some of his back catalogue to flesh the set out and that only improves the whole package. The DVD comes complete with bonus material containing behind the scenes footage and a promo clip. All in all a very worth while package for a band riding high on initial first album success.
(Online November 3, 2006)