Here is a band that improves with the past? Or should we say they decline as they move forward into the future? Well, first I reviewed Stream of Passion‘s newest album ‘A War of Our Own’ – newest meaning 2014 – and not being impressed too much, turned in desperation to some older stuff they produced. And … BINGO! The band’s second studio album ‘The Flame Within’ really delivers a much better brand of Dutch Metal than I would have expected judging by their newest production.
The band recovered nicely, after having been treated somewhat shabbily by Arjen Lucassen, who left his project to Marcela Bovio and departed for shores unknown with two more original members. The lore and his website say that the departure was intended, but little mice are whispering that this is not quite exact. But then there is nothing to substantiate that to a credible degree, so let’s treat it as a rumor – for now. But just check out the lyrics of ‘The Leader’. Well, whatever it was, the band went ahead and produced ‘The Flame Within’, a real nice and juicy chunk of Symphonic Metal or Gothic Metal, depending which way you want to turn it. [...]