Stream Of Passion
Darker Days


4.0
excellent

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
July 27th, 2011 | 11 replies | 7,004 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a lesson in simplicity, "Darker Days" sparks new life into the dying genre of symphonic gothic metal.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Symphonic gothic metal is often host to ridiculously overblown music. As the years have progressed, the genre has been slowly dying because of it, with quality artists nearly in-existent. Finding an album that is attractive through and through seems to be pretty rare, and occasionally we will find a new album that gives hope to the dying genre. Stream Of Passion’s Darker Days is the album to do just that. Although it may not immediately impress, the album harkens back to the days when gothic metal didn’t need bombast to prove a point. Darker Days is a lesson in simplicity, and proves that symphonic gothic metal can still be done well in 2011.

The symphonic elements here are via a string quartet and the band’s keyboardist. Whereas many bands before this one have used symphonic elements as a crutch, they are actually employed tastily here. The same can be said for the guitars which give the obligatory heavy riffs, but work within the band’s atmosphere. The guitars are never boring, however, and surprise us with massive hooks. Basically, the album is put together incredibly well, and puts bands like ReVamp and Sirenia to shame. In this genre, bigger isn’t necessarily better.

Darker Days is a rare breed of an album indeed. Soaring melodies are at work making songs memorable, yet it is nothing without emotion. The music within feels alive, as if the band actually cared about the emotional aspect, as opposed to making an album just to make money. “Gothic” metal implies a certain dark tone, and Darker Days delivers with wistful, mystical melodies. ‘The Scarlet Mark’ is the perfect example, with a strong Middle Eastern feel in the verse, coupled with crushing guitars. This could easily fall apart without an appropriately proficient singer, but Marcela Bovio’s haunting female vocals are the perfect accompaniment. Her voice is given much care and grace, and it ultimately polishes Darker Days into a rather beautiful pearl.



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pizzamachine
July 27th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a sudden burst of inspiration so I wrote this. Comments?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2011



6006 Comments


Good review, pos.

My god, i haven't listened to good goth metal since that Velvet Darkness they Fear breakthrough from Theater of Tragedy, back in 1996.

or Nighttime Birds from The Gathering.

or Wildhoney and A Deeper Kind of Slumber from Tiamat...

Digging: Troldhaugen - Obzkure Anekdotez For Maniakal Massez

pizzamachine
July 27th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, the genre has definitely plummeted in quality over the years.

Tyrael
July 27th 2011



20823 Comments


symphonic gothic metal

I jizzed, pos.

pizzamachine
July 27th 2011



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol thanks!

Dreamflight
July 27th 2011



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clearly you guys never heard of Mortal Love. :P jk

Good review man. Didn't know this was already out, need to chek it out.

Really love this woman's voice, but always thought the band lacked something, even when Arjen was in control.


Acanthus
July 27th 2011



9537 Comments


Sweet review sir, going to check this out!

KronosRage
July 27th 2011



367 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Album is good

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2011



7164 Comments


I miss you Pizz =(

Digging: Ty Segall - Manipulator

pillowswantyoursoul
July 29th 2011



923 Comments


I want a divorce.

Dreamflight
October 10th 2011



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is their finest so far. Lost and Spark are amazing.



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