STREAM OF PASSION

A War Of Our Own ... from Dutch metal band Stream of Passion, a title inspired by the unusual path the band had to take in order to make this album a reality; they initiated an international crowd funding campaign through the Indiegogo platform. Within a few short weeks, the Stream of Passion fans managed to raise the staggering amount of € 44.000 by bidding on band-related goodies and events. The French artist Alexandra Bach contributed generously to the campaign by offering to create the stunning artwork.  The fourth album by Stream of Passion brings closure to a period in which the band was forced to fight for their existence after they’d ended their deal with their record company. As leader of the pack Marcela Bovio explains: “The relationship between us and the record company was far from ideal and we were forced to re-examine all our options. Such an impasse had a strong influence on our state of mind. Thankfully, the idea of crowd funding surfaced and quickly changed everything for the better.” Bovio says further: “It was a beautiful thing, seeing so many people offering their support. Our fans clearly wanted to help us secure our future; they have had a major role in making this album possible. Thanks to our fans, we’ve emerged stronger from this battle.”   Confronting Conflict  Conflict is a recurring theme on A War of Our Own. The intimate song ‘Secrets’ was inspired by the struggle of 3 year old Mara, who sadly passed away last year after a long battle with Neuroblastoma (a rare and very aggressive form of child-cancer). ‘Don’t Let Go’ is a message of hope to someone who can’t cope with life anymore; and ‘Exile’ involves the internal and emotional struggles faced by an asylum-seeker forced to leave his country behind.   And then there’s the conflict raging in Bovio’s homeland of Mexico, which inspired several songs on the album; the devastating war on drugs, an ongoing battle between armed drug gangs and the Mexican government that has cost approximately 80,000 lives so far. The title song describes the effects the conflict has had on both criminals and victims. ‘Monster’ is a Breaking Bad-esque story about Mexicans who deliberately choose to work for a drug gang, and thus performing criminal acts against their own people. Bovio: “I don’t live there anymore, but I do still feel a sense of responsibility to make a statement about the events taking place in Mexico. But it’s not all doom & gloom! The underlying message of the album is that you should never allow yourself to be a victim to adversity. Get up and follow your dreams! The power to encourage change, to overcome any obstacle lies in everyone of us.”
 
Complete Freedom  By being more ambitious than ever, the band has perfected their sound musically. A War of Our Own is more progressive and melodic than the previous albums. The album also contains more symphonic elements and of course the trademark Latin-American passion associated with Stream of Passion. The album was once again produced by Joost van den Broek and contains, alongside their own songs, material written with Daniel Cardoso – keyboardist of the popular progressive rock-band Anathema.  However cliché it may sound, Stream of Passion has made major progress, despite (or possibly thanks to) the challenges they recently faced. In hindsight, it seems that parting ways with the record company was a blessing in disguise. Bovio: “It enabled us to make decisions on our own time. There were no more discussions about the direction our music was taking or about the visual aspects. We had complete freedom. We are no longer accountable to anyone; it’s now up to the fans to judge our work and the album.”  9 years of Stream of Passion  Stream of Passion started in 2005 when vocalist Marcela Bovio and Arjen Lucassen joined forces. In the past nine years, Stream of Passion has released three albums: Embrace the Storm, The Flame Within and Darker Days. The band also released a live CD/DVD entitled Out in the Real World. In addition the band has toured extensively throughout the world, in Europe, Canada, Russia and Israel with bands like Epica, Leaves’ Eyes and Xandria.  Around the impending release, Stream Of Passion will do a number of shows with ‘The Gentle Storm’, a musical project by Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen and Dutch musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen.

Stream of Passion's A War Of Our Own is coming out via Graviton Music Services on April 10th, 2015 as a CD and on vinyl.

Tracklist 'A War Of Our Own':
01. Monster
02. A War Of Our Own
03. The Curse
04. Autophobia
05. Burning Star
06. For You
07. Exile
08. Delirio
09. Earthquake
10. Secrets
11. Don't Let Go
12. Out Of The Darkness

Stream of Passion are:
Marcela Bovio
Johan van Stratum
Martijn Peters
Jeffrey Revet
Eric Hazebroek
Stephan Schultz

 

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