Stream Of Passion
The Flame Within


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Flame Within may not break boundaries, but it’s a great symphonic metal album in its own right.

The female fronted symphonic/gothic metal scene has been so overly done that it’s difficult to give props to an album that is fairly predictable and ultimately brings nothing new to the table. However, The Flame Within has enough fire so as to burn the heart of any listener due to its sheer soul and breathtaking beauty. It’s quite easy to roll eyes over an overdone string section and piano, but this album is more tasteful than anything. While symphonic metal bands are often horribly blatant with their symphonic section, Stream of Passion feel their music. This means that the piano playing is delicate, the strings emotional, and the album is overwhelmingly pretty. This is the selling point of the album, and what a selling point it is - The Flame Within is an absolute pleasure to listen to.

Unfortunately, what could be considered beautiful and moving to some could be considered plodding and boring to others. It takes a steady ear to enjoy something so delicate and non-immediate, especially when the album is peculiarly lengthy. Another downfall is the album’s predictability due to very little variation (for example, it feels as though piano parts clog every track). This is a shame for the music is quite compelling from an emotional standpoint, but with too much repetition we’re left with a weaker impact. Then again, it is highly commendable for a band to be so consistent, and those who like Stream of Passion’s style will undoubtedly eat this up.

While the album is undeniably pretty, symphonic/gothic metal requires a punch, and thankfully, this album is not lacking in that department. The lead guitar provides the necessary boost with scary, distorted riffs that paint the album with a decent shade of black. This is the only convincing gothic factor, however, and therefore The Flame Within is more successful as a symphonic metal album than a gothic one. Perhaps there is a slight feeling of melancholy present, like the story of a lost love in a Shakespearean play, but such sadness is not the kind of misery that gothic metal calls for. However, The Flame Within is a great album in its own right with stunning melodies, a proficient female singer, heavy guitars, and an elegant symphonic section. Perhaps it isn’t gothic enough or even that original, but it’s certainly enjoyable and that’s good enough.



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Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The only album of theirs that I have heard. Terrible. Have a pos.

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pizzamachine
May 2nd 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heh, thanks. I can picture mediocre maybe, but terrible?

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's another one of those groups of terrible musicians hiding behind keyboards and a capable vocalist.

pizzamachine
May 2nd 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm I guess I refuse to see it like that haha.

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I have that capability too. I love all the Within Temptation albums, but I couldn't get passed it on this album.

pizzamachine
May 2nd 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never realized you draw the line at Within Temptation. : )

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


Huh, might check this out perhaps?

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pizzamachine
May 2nd 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check Darker Days out first bro, it's better and you said you would check it out haha.

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah. Before their new album Within Temptation were the stereotypical female-fronted goth/metal band full of average musicians saved by keyboards and an excellent (& hot) vocalist.

macadoolahicky
May 2nd 2012


1835 Comments


"The only album of theirs that I have heard. Terrible. Have a pos."

Made me giggle

Acanthus
May 2nd 2012


9543 Comments


Oh this is THAT band! I did check out that album, but it's been awhile.

pizzamachine
May 2nd 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh sweet, what did you think, or do you still remember?

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 2nd 2012


10594 Comments


I hate this type of metal but that sexual album and band name have me interested.

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Tyrael
May 3rd 2012


20879 Comments


sweet piece of work pizzy

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Dreamflight
May 3rd 2012


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ace review bro.

"It's another one of those groups of terrible musicians hiding behind keyboards and a capable vocalist."

Gosh Willie, thought you were cool. :/

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2012


8357 Comments


Within Temptation were the stereotypical female-fronted goth/metal band full of average musicians saved by keyboards and an excellent (& hot) vocalist.
The bold part's probably the main culprit as to why you like them so much ;). Don't even try to deny it, I know you picture yourself having rowdy sex with Sharon when you're listening to Within Temptation.

Oh and good review pizz, but symphonic metal, blah, gonna pass on this.

ZedO
May 3rd 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good stuff, not so impressive but at least it's enjoyable...

Shuyin
December 19th 2012


11642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really great stuff, specially the vocals



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