is a very talented vocalist and she shows her full range on this album, which is
a very good thing because the music does only play second fiddle to her
performance on the second
Stream of Passion
album entitled: 'The Flame Within'.
The emotional piano parts
and the well arranged string arrangements as well as the mysterious melodies and
vocals delivered by Marcela Bovio are the positive aspects of the album, where
as the guitar work drags it in the other direction.
The heavy guitar parts never
lift the songs off the ground and make the songs epic or majestic, something I
expect for a quality gothic metal release. The result is that things get too
monotone and I loose interest fairly quick.
A brilliant vocal
performance simply isn't enough to salvage 'The Flame Within', but I do salute
her on her performance here, and the album does rear its ugly head on occasion,
but those occasions are sadly too far between to make this more than your
average gothic metal album.