I found this album whilst browsing for Evanescence songs, and decided to give it a go. At first I wasn't sure about this. No doubt, the singer has amazing talent and is up there with Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation. The album has such a unique sound it's hard to grasp at first and I had to listen to this album several times to really start appreciating it's quality.
In fact, Stream of Passion's Embrace the Storm is very reminiscent of the earlier material from Within Temptation, however has a more polished sound. There's a lot of piano, a lot of string arrangements and a whole mix of different songs.
The opening song, Spellbound, is a very experimental track with tribal drums, eerie piano riffs (much like that of Evanescence) and bassy, dark strings. It's got a very epic, movie like sound to it and is a fantastic introduction to this band. Marcela's vocals are really on show here.
From thereon appear catchy songs such as Deciever and Haunted, both of which boast incredible vocal melodies. There are ballads in the shape of Nostalgia, Breathing Again and Open Your Eyes, all of which could give other alternative rock bands a run for thier money.
All in all, a seriously great band who should be as well known as Evanescence, Nightwish and Within Temptation. For me, Marcela has the most polished voice in the musical genre and the compositions range from epic and cinematic to gorgeous and haunting.