STREAM OF PASSION FEATURING AYREON Live In The Real World
From page 60 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2006
Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen is best known for the string of Ayreon concept albums he has recorded with increasingly all-star casts. For a contrast he took something of a chance in assembling a multinational band of comparative unknowns under the Stream Of Passion banner last year. But while reproducing the Ayreon sound live has proved a challenge Lucassen has seldom chosen to confront, by contrast the more concise Stream Of Passion material, recorded with a settled six piece line-up, lends itself far more readily to a tour. Late last year Stream Of Passion hit the road in Europe, rounded out by a second female vocalist, and this double live CD and DVD is the result. Stream Of Passion’s gothic-tinged prog-metal works beautifully live, with Marcela Bovio proving to a beguiling vocalist.
Lucassen takes the opportunity to throw in a handful of Ayreon and Star One tracks, plus there’s a rollicking version of Led Zep’s When The Levee Breaks.