ways with their former label Napalm Records, Dutch symphonic metallers Stream Of
Passion started a crowd funding campaign. Reaching almost twice the main goal of
this campaign, Stream Of Passion were able to release their fourth studio album
"A War Of Our Own" already in April 2014. Now, one year later, they release it
again through their new label Graviton Music.
Although I came across the record very often, I first listened to it when it
appeared on our list some weeks ago. Now I'm asking myself why I didn't gave it
a chance earlier. "A War Of Our Own" belongs to the best symphonic metal albums
I've listened to in a long time. And there were a lot of brilliant albums of
this genre lately, but Stream Of Passion's new album is outstanding. Maybe it
isn't bombastic or epic, but it has that certain something called passion.
The album mainly consists of dark riffs, dramatic melodies, Marcela's beautiful
voice interchanging between English to Spanish lyrics, wonderful violin (played
by Marcela herself) and piano fragments and a minimalistic use of orchestra. The
usage of progressive elements makes the songs even more unique. All this sums up
to an album close to perfection.
In my opinion, Marcela Bovio is one of the most underrated singers in metal.
Well, she's been everywhere during the last years: she contributed to the latest
releases of bands like Epica, MaYan and ReVamp, she was live vocalist of Kamelot
and there were so many other projects she was part of. But still not many people
seem to know her. And this is very sad, because her voice is so amazing and one
of the most original ones in symphonic metal. On "A War Of Our Own" she shows so
many facets, she sings softly, like on "For You" and dramatically and
passionately in songs like "Monster" and "Don't Let Go". And I am still
fascinated by her control over her voice. For example, Marcela is able to belt a
13-seconds B4 on "Monster" like it's nothing. Just... wow!
"A War Of Our Own" proves that not every symphonic metal band sounds the same.
Stream of Passion found their niche in this genre and they created something
beautiful and special with this album. They definitely won their war and I hope
the future will bring many other victories for them.