of Passion is a band put together by Dutch multi-artist Arjen A.
Lucassen, who some of you might know is the man behind Ayreon, Ambeon
and Star One. The idea behind this band - the first "real"
band he's been a part of for the first time in 10 years - Ayreon,
Ambeon and Start One was/is put together one project after another,
this time he wanted to show to the rest of the World just how talented
Mexican singer Marcela Bovio is.
was off course a part of the last Ayreon album "The Human
Equation", a gig she sort of won by entering a "call for
demos" contest on the Ayreon site. And to use Arjen's own words:
"I constructed the band around her song-writing skills, both
musically and lyrically".
collaboration was completed by the addition of Dutch drummer Davy
Mickers, Swedish/American guitarist Lori Linstruth, Mexican pianist
Alejandro Millán and Dutch bassist Johan van Stratum, with Arjen
Lucassen filling in the sport of rhythm guitarist himself. This rather
unique and diverse mixture of cultures has resulted in an album filled
with dark and mysterious songs, moving ballads and hard and heavy
songs. And Marcela doesn't limit her self to singing in English, no
the album does also shows her ability to sing in Spanish.
is another perfect example of Arjen's unselfish approach to music,
giving a rough diamond from Mexico
the chance to prove her self to a wider audience. On most of the 12 songs, she and the rest of the band deliver
a solid performance, and I am confident Arjen's name alone will give
this album a lot attention, maybe a bit too much, because this is
nothing special - just a good album with it's ups and downs...
Recommended tracks: "Passion", "Haunted", "Embrace the Storm" and "Nostalgia".