IF YOU BUY THE ALBUM - There is a Digipack version with a bonus track not to be missed (The Hunt), and a standard version without. At the time of this review Amazon only list one version . I pre-ordered and got the digipack, after using the feedback field to point out there would be the 2 versions, and saying that was the one I wanted
IF YOU DOWNLOAD - The Bonus Track is not available. Your media player will give Genre as POP (!!!)Panic not.Its just a coding glitch. These things happen. "Darker Days" is every digit as metal as "Flame Within" -more so even . Heavier maybe, Darker certainly.
First play impressions: At least as great an album as Flame Within. Like Flame,this is music that deserves and demands the listeners undivided attention.If anything it makes even more use of quirky time -signatures and abrupt tempo changes etc - so,maybe not quite the easiest of albums to get into, but definitely both a real grower and no doubt a stayer . Very few vocalists if any other than Marcella could ever make this musical style work quite this well, She has also added some Latin instruments and folk elements to the mix ,this marks a further progressive growth in the bands range of sound, but does not mean they are dropping or moving away from any earlier elements in the mix
The band website gives a really useful short no nonsense note on what inspired each of the songs and what they're about, well worth loopking up
Only one further change in band line up this time since Flame - Martijn Peters replaces Davy Mickers on drums
CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST "FEMME -METAL" RELEASES THIS YEAR, IMHO
Im a huge SOP fan. Largely due to the fact that their music just gets better and better. With the last album release: Flame Within, i was left feeling it couldnt get much better than this! I was wrong, it did. Darker Days, although not quite as heavy as Flame Within, is equally (if not more) addictive. Marcela's amazing haunting vocals are absolutely outstanding
The work of Stream Of Passion stands out of the crowd of metal, having a different approach to it. Marcela's voice is heaven, and the hispanic influences make this CD spectacular, so I strongly advice it to anybody.
THis Mexican trained vocalist has a superb operatic type to tone to her voice and fans of Nightwiish will I feel appreciate her slightly different tone Mixes heavy guitar laden passages with softer more intricate sections A steel at only £2 plus packaging from onw supplier Would advise people give it a listen especially to that voice