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Beautiful Warrior - EP
4.5

4.5

Yaks

Beautiful Warrior - EP

Stream of Passion

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Netherlands

Stream of Passion, initially assembled in 2005 by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, marks a noteworthy return with their latest EP "Beautiful Warrior". The disbandment in 2016 left their fans yearning, making their reunion and the subsequent release of this EP a long-awaited musical gift. We generally focus our reviews on full-length albums, but "Beautiful Warrior" compelled us to make an exception due to its exceptional musical craftsmanship and strong songs.

"The Hunter", the lead single, sets a compelling tone for the EP, illustrating the band’s distinctive blend of symphonic and progressive elements. Marcela Bovio, known for her collaborations with MaYaN, Ayreon, and Dark Horse White Horse, enriches each track with her extraordinary vocals. This reunion is welcomed with overwhelming enthusiasm from the band and their fans alike. Bassist Johan van Stratum, also known for his collaborations with VUUR and Blind Guardian, shares the collective excitement and anticipation surrounding this new chapter in their musical journey.

Stream of Passion

The blend of melodies and progressive rhythms envelops listeners, making the entire EP an engaging experience from start to finish.

Joost van den Broek, a name synonymous with bands like Powerwolf, Epica, and Ayreon, has meticulously produced "Beautiful Warrior", guiding listeners through five novel tracks. Each piece harmoniously intertwines powerful rhythms and intricate symphonic arrangements, a testament to Stream of Passion's adept approach to symphonic metal. The blend of melodies and progressive rhythms envelops listeners, making the entire EP an engaging experience from start to finish.

"Beautiful Warrior" stands out with its diverse musical elements and rich textures, showcasing the band's undying passion and resilience. This EP is a significant reflection of the band's evolution and their steadfast commitment to their musical endeavors.

Be sure to tune in to Prog Radio, where tracks from this striking EP are being featured in our New Music rotation.

4.5 Yaks

Released:
Run Time:
Sep 9, 2023
24 min
Highlights:
Tonight • The Hunter • The Promise
Reviewer:
The Prog Yak
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