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Stream Of Passion premiere video for A War Of Our Own

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 15th April 2014 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers, Stream Of Passion have recently premiered the video for their latest single A War Of Our Own, which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album of the same name, which will be released 18th April 2014.

Stream Of Passion will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival on 10th May 2014 in Bilston at The Robin 2.

Stream Of Passion online:

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Full line-up for Dames of Darkness Festival 4 announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 15th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch-Mexican symphonic metallers Stream Of Passion and German symphonic metallers Xandria, who are now fronted by Dianne Van Giersbergen, have been confirmed to headline the fourth edition of the Dames of Darkness Festival. They will be supported by hosting band Apparition, who will be fronted by American vocalist Grace Meridan, and Jaded Star, which is former Visions of Atlantis vocalist Maxi Nil’s new project. Filling the last slot for the European quota at the festival are electro-industrial metallers Skeptical Minds.

Joining Apparition to represent the UK female-fronted metal scene are Divided We Fall, Incarnadine Coven and Dyonisis. The festival will take place at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Saturday 10th May 2014. Tickets are available for £25 in advance or £30 on the door. Further information can be found here and tickets can be purchased from this location.

Epica announces Dutch album release show

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic metal titans Epica will be returning to the stage on 30th April next year at 013 in Tilburg, Holland for what can only be described as an intense album release show. After taking a break from the live circuit following the pregnancy of frontwoman Simone Simons, the publication of the band’s upcoming live DVD Retrospect in November via Nuclear Blast and writing and recording the new upcoming album, the Dutch sextet will come back will full momentum and full power; so fans can expect Epica at their best and to put on a memorable show to feature old and new tracks alike.

the band are currently finishing off the pre-production stage of the follow-up to 2012’s Requiem For The Indifferent and shall begin recording in October with former After Forever and current Aryeon keyboardist Joost van den Broek (Stream Of PassionReVamp) as producer.

To make the release show at their native even more special, fans will not only be able to purchase regular tickets, but there will be two exclusive bundles available for this event. The first bundle contains a signed version of the upcoming album and the second larger bundle will consist of a goodie bag, containing a signed copy of the upcoming album, an exclusive T-shirt, Flag, Lanyard, VIP Laminate and a limited edition Poster.

Tickets and bundles will be available for sale this coming Saturday (14th September) at 10am CET (9am GMT) from this location.

There will be a special ‘early bird’ tickets available at reduced price. This offer is valid until 28th September 2013.

On the 8th November Nuclear Blast will release Retrospect as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages. Both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

Epica online:


ReVamp post series of trailers online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 14th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Wild Card; the second studio album from Dutch symphonic metal band ReVamp – who are fronted by former After Forever vocalist and current touring Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen – is set for release on 26th August.

ReVamp recently posted a five minute trailer about the recording process of ReVamp. The trailer features album producer Joost Van Den BroekReVamp‘s drummer Mathias Landes, as well as keyboardist and co-songwriter Ruben Wijga and guitarist Jord Otto. The trailer can be viewed below.

ReVamp previous Wild Card trailers can be viewed at the following locations: TRAILER ONETRAILER TWOTRAILER THREE

The lead single from Wild Card, titled The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline, is now available for purchase from iTunes at this location and displays Floor Jansen‘s unique vocals.

The guest vocalists on the album are Mark Jansen (Epica), Johan van Stratum and Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Daniel de Jongh (Textures) and Devin TownsendReVamp will be touring Europe with Kamelot in November, later this year.

Wild Card tracklist is as follows:

01. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: On The Sideline
02. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
04. Precibus
05. Nothing
06. The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
08. Amendatory
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf And Dog
Bonus Track:
12. Sins

ReVamp online:

ReVamp reveal tracklist for upcoming album; Wild Card and new trailer

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 20th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic metal band ReVamp, fronted by Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ex-After Forever), have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming album Wild Card as well as details about guest musicians featuring on the release and a new trailer. During in the trailer, Floor talks about the guest musicians who feature on the album. The trailer can be viewed below. The tracklist is as follows:

01. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: On The Sideline
02. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: The Limbic System
03. Wild Card
04. Precibus
05. Nothing
06. ‘The Anatomy Of A Nervous Breakdown’: Neurasthenia
07. Distorted Lullabies
08. Amendatory
09. I Can Become
10. Misery’s No Crime
11. Wolf and Dog
Bonus track:
12. Sins

In related ReVamp news, the band’s Kickstarter campaign has been a success and the band have raised enough funds to go on tour, starting in September according to a recent post on the band’s official Facebook page.

ReVamp online:

ReVamp launch Kickstarter campaign

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 4th June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch metallers ReVamp, whom are fronted by Floor Jansen who is best known for her recent touring stint with Nightwish, have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to go on tour. Further details can be found at this location.

ReVamp are also working on their second album at the moment which will be released in August through Nuclear Blast, following the release date being pushed forward from September. The album will feature Stream of Passion bassist Johan van Stratum. The album’s title and artwork are still yet to be revealed.

ReVamp online:


ReVamp move album release forward plus announce new bassist

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 28th May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic powerhouse ReVamp, fronted by Floor Jansen who recently acted as on-tour vocalist for Nightwish, have announced that they are moving the release dates for their currently untitled second album forward. The announcement came via the band’s official Facebook page. The new release dates are:

21st August – Sweden
23rd August – Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Norway
26th August – UK, France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland
27th August – Italy

Release dates for Japan and the US are to be announced.

In recent and related news, ReVamp also announced the addition of their new bassist; Henk Vonk, who is replacing Jaap Melman who left before the recording of the second album. Stream of Passion’s bassist Johan van Stratum filled in bass duties for the second album. Henk Vonk comments on joining ReVamp:

I’m stoked to have been asked to join the ReVamp ranks. I’ve known Jord and Ruben for years and have played with other ReVampers before in other projects. This is a great honour and I look forward to see each and everyone of you on tour!

ReVamp online:

Sharon Den Adel to perform with Delain at MFVF XI

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 2nd May 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Sharon Den Adel, frontwoman of world renowned symphonic rock act Within Temptation, has been announced as a special guest for Delain’s performance at this year’s Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium.

Aside from Delain, Tarja, Anneke van Giersbergen and Stream of Passion, amongst many others will be performing at this year’s edition of MFVF. The festival takes place from the 18th – 20th October at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. You can get your tickets this location.

For more information on the festival and the complete line up, check the Metal Female Voices Fest website.

In related news, Delain have also been announced as support for the first leg of Within Temptation’s world tour next year. Dates as follow:

16 – Lyon, France – Radiant
17 – Paris, France – Zenith
20 – Toulouse, France – Bikini
21 – Nantes, France – Zenith
22 – Lille, France – L’Aéronef
24 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
25 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
27 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
28 – Glasgow, Scotland – Academy
29 – Newcastle, UK – Academy

1 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
2 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
3 – Köln, Germany – Palladium
5 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Arena
6 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
7 – München, Germany – Tonhalle
11 – Antwerp, Belgium – Lotto Arena
14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall

Delain online:

Within Temptation online:

Delain will also be headlining the Dames of Darkness Festival next month in Bilston, near Wolverhampton. Further details can be found here. Delain’s next album, Interlude, featuring remixes of classicDelain tracks as well as new and exclusive tracks and DVD footage will be released through Napalm Records next month and can be pre-ordered here.


Symphonic metal titans Leaves’ Eyes added to MFVF 2013

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 24th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

German-Norwegian symphonic folk metallers Leaves’ Eyes have been confirmed for the Metal Female Voices Festival, which takes place every October in Belgium. This comes as exciting news for fans the band’s frontwoman Liv Kristine, as she’ll be performing twice at the festival – With Leaves’ Eyes and as part of her solo project.

In related news, Leaves’ Eyes have recently began the vocal recordings for their upcoming album, Symphonies of the Night.

Tickets and information for the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium can be found by clicking the image below.


Local band announced for MFVF

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 23rd March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Local act Hell City have been announced for this year’s Metal Female Voices Festival at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium. The five piece classic metal outfit, whom are influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica and Led Zepplin, will join the likes of Tarja Turunen, Stream of Passion, Delain and more for the three day festival from 18th – 20th October, later this year. Tickets and further information are available from the festival’s official website, which can be accessed by clicking the image below.


Liv Kristine announced for MFVF

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , on 20th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Leaves’ Eyes frontwoman Liv Kristine has been announced for this year’s Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium. The Norwegian singer-songwriter stated on her official Facebook her excitement and hopes to see many of her fans at the festival this year.

Liv Kristine is set appear alongside a wealth of bands including but not limited to Delain, ReVamp, Stream of Passion and Kobra and the Lotus. Further festival announcements can be found here (English only) and other information on the festival, including dates, tickets, etc can be found at this location.


Belgium’s MFVF announce Dalriada for 2013 line-up

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 16th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Following overwhelming popular demand, Hungary’s melodic folk metallers Dalriada have been announced for this year’s MFVF (Metal Female Voices Festival) in Belgium, later this year. This will be the band’s first MFVF appearance. Further info about MFVF and tickets for the event can be found at this location.


Delain confirmed for MFVF in Belgium

Posted in Featured, News with tags , , , , , , , on 14th March 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Symphonic rockers Delain have been announced for the Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium, which is regarded by many fans as one of the world’s best festivals for “female-fronted” metal acts. Delain will be joining the likes of ReVamp and Stream of Passion, amongst others in October. The Metal Female Voices Festival will take palce from 18th – 20th October later this year at Oktoberhallen, Wieze in Belgium.

Delain recently signed to Napalm Records and will be releasing a special album, titled Interlude, that will feature brand new material, DVD footage and remixes and special versions of other Delain tracks. UK fans will also have the chance to see Delain at this year’s Dames of Darkness Festival at The Robin 2, in Bilston, near Wolverhampton.

Details of The Dames of Darkness Festival and be found here. Information and tickets for the Metal Female Voices Festival can be located here.


Epica confirmed for Asia shows in 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 20th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica, who have just finished their France and UK tour with Stream of Passion, have been confirmed for three shows in China and Taiwan in April 2013. All three shows will be the first ever Epica shows in China and Taiwan.

Dates are as followed:

April 2013

11 – Yu Gong Live House, Beijing, China.
13 – Mao Live House, Shanghai, China.
14 – KHS Hall, Taipei, Taiwan.

Further info on Epica’s 2013 shows and tour dates can be found at this location.


Epica w/Stream of Passion @ Corporation, Sheffield

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , , on 20th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Epica & Stream of Passion
Corporation, Sheffield
12th December 2012

T’was a cold night as we waited outside Corporation in Sheffield, following our interview with Marcela Bovio of Stream of Passion [Interview can be read here], so by the time we had found ourselves in the venue we were more than excited for what was to come.

I find myself very fortunate to see every band that I do live, however I feel especially fortunate to of seen Stream of Passion not only this year but also last year while they toured with Leaves’ Eyes due to Visions of Atlantis cancelling to prepare for the festival they had a few weeks after. The band opened up with the song Lost which is the opening track to their latest album Darker Days – an energetic starting with mixes of both guitars and the violin bringing that distant Latino feeling until later in the song when they hit the first verses does that feeling come back. I was surprised that Marcela didn’t walk on and perform this song with band (like she does later) with the violin, though the energy was probably needed as not many of the audience members had heard of Stream of Passion, so with that it was probably the best song to start with and get them going.

Moving onto the next song, Passion, which belongs to the first album the band’s set takes a slower pace whilst displaying the vocals of leading lady Marcela Bovio. The performance picked up its pace with the performance of Collide. Later on in their performance, Marcela picks up the violin situated on the stage and plays the emotive introduction to Scarlet Mark while the guitars echo softly in the background. Stream of Passion continued on with songs such as My Leader and their rendition of Street Spirit (originally performed by Radiohead). I praise the vocals of Marcela on this a lot the women can really hold a tune. Over all I was little disappointed with the performance as that they had a very similar setlist to which they did with Leaves’ Eyes. On a more positive note I really enjoyed the song s that were performed and how they really were (the band connected to the music) which like I mentioned rubbed off on the audience.

[4/5 – Danielle Eley]

Having seen Epica on their last UK tour in March 2011, it’s safe to say I was overly excited to see them again which would explain the lack of sleep I had for several days before the show. The crowd were already more than warmed up from Stream of Passion’s performance which I sadly missed most of it as I was interviewing Isaac Delahaye from Epica [The interview can be found at this location]. While this was the second time I would see Epica, it was the first time I had seen them with their new bassist Rob van der Loo [ex-Delain] who did a brilliant job on bass duties throughout the night.

Opening up with the mystifying Monopoly On Truth, the band moved onto Sensorium which garnered a huge reaction from the crowd as it displayed the emotion in Simone’s voice. Symphonic medleys were blasted out aplenty by Coen throughout Epica’s set as the staunch combination of thundering bass and snarling guitars tore Sheffield a new one. Mark and Isaac certainly are a dynamic duo when it comes to guitar playing. The emotive performance of The Obsession Devotion went down well with the crowd as the beautiful mix of Simone’s and Mark’s vocals shined out while Epica’s performance of Cry For The Moon was very soulful. One thing that did catch me off guard was the disco rendition of The Phantom Agony – Which was performed after Ariën’s heavy but acutely played drum solo. It was an entertaining part of the set indeed as most of the band had their own little rave on stage. The encore was comprised of Sancta Terra, Storm The Sorrow (taken from Requiem for the Indifferent) and Consign to Oblivion. All three of which were powerfully performed and were a truly epic(a) end to the show.  Hopefully Epica will be back in the UK next year!

[5/5 – Nico Davidson]

Interview with Marcela Bovio [Stream of Passion]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 18th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Danielle Eley catches up with Marcela Borvia, frontwoman for Mexican/Dutch symphonic metal band Stream of Passion a couple of hours before their show at Sheffield on 12th December.

Danielle: Hi Marcela, it’s nice to meet you finally. I saw you [Stream of Passion] last time when you toured with Leaves’ Eyes. This is your second [UK] show with Epica on the tour, how’s it going?

Marcela: It’s going great. We’ve had three shows so far – two in France and one, yesterday, in Nottingham – So yeah, it’s going great. We knew the combination works really well, from this year in April with the European tour, together with Epica. The audiences are fantastic. We share a bus with them [Epica], so it’s also a lot of fun, so yeah, we’re really enjoying it.

D: That’s great. Like I mentioned before, you toured with Leaves’ Eyes, but this year you’re doing more UK dates. Are you excited?

M: Oh, definitely! Especially since it’s a country that we haven’t had the chance to tour properly, especially back in the beginning when the band was just starting, so it’s always nice to see some different places. We also had time to visit the city a little.

D: So you’ve been for a look round Sheffield then?

M: Yeah!

D: Did you enjoy it?

M: Yeah, I did. I found a place that did falafels and bought some stuff, which is always nice, if you have the chance to do that.

D: The perks of touring?

M: Yeah.

D: I’ve been doing my research and language is a big part of Stream of Passion. You conduct in both English and Spanish, whose idea was that?

M: Funnily enough, originally the idea came from Arjen Lucassen who was in the band at the beginning. Well, he’s Dutch and he thought it would be nice if you’d put some Spanish into the songs, so I was like okay. Of course, I like the idea of singing in my native language. The audiences in America aren’t used to hearing something that’s not in English but in Europe, it’s way more well received and people actually enjoy it a lot. So, yeah, that’s great and I went ahead and did and nowadays, I just go ahead and give myself the freedom to write whatever language I feel like.

D: It’s the same in the UK though, isn’t it?

M: Yeah, I think it’s really great that people over here are able to appreciate that. Even that maybe you don’t understand the words, there’s the musicality and the ring to it and the musicality of the language is completely different. Well, for me, it’s a nice way of expressing myself.

D: On the topic of language, have you thought about bringing any others in as you speak French a little bit and you also speak Dutch?

M: Yeah but my Dutch is way better than my French. For some reason, I don’t think any Dutch bands think it’s cool to sing in Dutch.

D: Really?

M: Yeah! It’s really funny because basically most Dutch is very popular or like folky or kinda tacky music – At least that’s the impression I get from the metal bands anyway. But I like it. We might have the first Dutch symphonic metal song written by a Mexican.

D: Well, why not? While we’re on that subject, you did Nadie Lo Ve in Spanish. Why just that song? Because the other songs are in both English and Spanish. This one is completely in Spanish.

M: Well, you know when I’m writing the songs, I usually start with the music and the melodies for them and when I’m creating the melodies, I already have an idea like “okay, this has to be in language” or “this has to be in another language”.  That also gives me ideas of what the song should be about. But basically that song I had written along time ago but I hadn’t put any words to it, but I had basically come up with the inspiration for the words a few years ago when my grandmother passed away, so it was a very obvious choice to make it in Spanish. I felt it was right.

D: I thought it would have been because there’s a lyric in it which goes “He speaks words I don’t understand” because the vast majority speak English.

M: Actually, that idea, that image, is basically about things happening that you can’t comprehend and when someone passes away, it’s always beyond our understanding. It’s kinda like a metaphor, not being able to understand some words. I like your interpretation of it! It’s really nice, it’s…

D: It shows I’m interested.

M: Yeah!

D: Even though Darker Days was released last year, are there any ideas for a new album?

M: Yeah, actually, we’ve been writing for a little while so we have some new songs already but we’re not gonna be playing any of them tonight but we are gonna be playing some new stuff at the end of the year in Holland, where we have this end of the year show where we have all sorts of guests, joining us for songs and stuff. So, it’s nice to keep working on new stuff.

D: That does tie with our next question because there’s rumours you’ve left Napalm Records.

M: That’s true, yes.

D: So have you found a new record label that you want to work with or are going to work with?

M: We’re still figuring that out, reaching out and figuring out what the best options would be for us. So there is still a lot of uncertainty in that area. We’re not discarding the idea of going, maybe. But yeah, we’re still figuring that out.

D: As I was saying, I’ve been doing my research. You featured on Ayreon’s album. How did that happen because you weren’t known before that and it was before Stream of Passion formed?

M: Well, actually, the whole thing happened with Arjen Lucassen, the man behind Ayreon. It was this kind of rock opera thing with all different singers. He started a contest through his website, he asked you know “if you’re a singer and you wanna be apart of Ayreon, just send me a CD and I’ll pick someone”. A friend told me about this and I had a band in Mexico, so I sent him a CD and he ended up picking me for the part. From like a couple of hundred CDs that he got, he picked me and flew me over to Holland – He’s also Dutch – And I ended up recording on this album of his and along with James LaBrie from Dream Theatre and Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and for me, it was just this insane experience. The whole thing with the two of us triggered Stream of Passion because at the beginning Arjen and I, we wrote this album together – the first album, Embrace the Storm – It’s also how Stream of Passion came to exist.

D: As you said, you wrote Embrace The Storm with Arjen, was it different when you wrote The Flame Within, as he wasn’t there?

M: I had always co-written with someone so The Flame Within was the first time I had to write on my own. It was a very big step but it was also very satisfying period for me because it was a challenge, but it was also very rewarding, especially looking back to it and seeing what the record became.

D: Would you go back and change anything, now that you’ve gained more experience?

M: Well, I wouldn’t change anything about it, I like it the way it is because it’s what I had to say at the time but these days I’m writing a little bit more complicated stuff, a little more ambitious. It’s all part of a process basically.

D: As you had said before, you had a bit of musical experience because you had a band in Mexico, are there any others in the band that had experience before joining Stream of Passion?

M: They can tell you themselves but basically, everyone has had other bands or projects before this one. For that matter, we’ve all seen the beginnings with other bands, so we all know what it’s like, and that’s nice because we all know how hard it is  to make your way in the music business and we all know what to expect. So, that’s good.

D: It is hard in the music business but do you feel that as you’re described as femme metal, it discriminates you?

M: It’s funny because it’s a two edge sword, there are people who are gonna easily listen to heavy metal that is led by a woman’s voice and that can be an advantage. Like for instance, I don’t know if you guys have been to Metal Female Voices Festival in Belgium but it’s this huge festival that covers everything that is heavy metal fronted by a woman. There are like thousands of people who are looking forward to discovering more of these bands because they like this. I don’t think it’s a genre because it doesn’t say anything about the music itself. Sometimes, it can be a disadvantage like you wanna play somewhere and they’re like “sorry, we already have a female fronted metal band”. Then it becomes a flotilla because the music is so different – Like Epica and us, because I don’t think we have all that much in common. But then again, their fanbase can appreciate what we do as well, so far. So yeah, it’s a two edge sword.

D: So, which song do you feel defines Stream of Passion as a whole?

M: Uh, wow. There are a couple of ones, from the last album. I really like, Lost, the opening track because I think that one of its main characteristics – especially with music I like to write – is that it’s very dramatic, kind of driven and also… Kind of melancholic in some ways. So, Lost is one of those tracks that from my feeling has that kind of atmosphere I really want to impress on music I make and I like Darker Days, the title track from the album, it has a little bit of Spanish in there and that vibe which I think makes it our own.

D: If you could replace the soundtrack to any film with your own music, which one would it be and why?

M: Oh my goodness. That’s a very good question. I think it would have to be… Something rather dark for it to fit. I have no idea. I guess like a horror movie or something. Or a thriller. Silent Hill!

D: I was watching that last night, how funny.

M: Or The Ring or something. But yeah, Silent Hill. Someone made this whole video montage with one of our songs with Silent Hill images. That was really cool.

D: The last question; your latest question, Scarlet Mark, it says on the YouTube link that you had 48 hours to make it all. How did that happen? Did you have to write all and then film it and produce it?

M: Basically, it was this brilliant project – I think it’s a global thing – the 48 hour film project and they have this sub-category which is the 48 hour music video. Which basically meant that we went to somewhere in Holland and we were there with like five other different artists, bands. So it was all completely different kinds of music and there were also five different video production teams and we basically got to pick from a hat the name of the team that we were working with and we got the 48 hours to make a music video. Of course, we didn’t know what to expect but it was really cool and Careface Productions are the name of the company we got to work with and they’re these really cool, young guys. We just sat down that very same evening and started discussing the ideas behind the song and they were like “okay, got it”. That was a Friday evening and we spent Saturday – almost all day – shooting. Just like work, constantly, throughout the day and night through to Sunday to get this video done. We’d never heard of this project before and when we did,we just wanted to give it a try. It was awesome and we wanna work with them again. So, it was actually a win-win situation.

D: Well, that’s the end of it. Thanks for your time.

Epica start Requiem for the Indifferent UK tour next week

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 4th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica will begin their UK tour next week in support of their latest album Requiem for the Indifferent, with additional shows in France and Switzerland. Support on the tour comes from Stream Of Passion.

Dates are as followed:

7 – Metal Christmas Festival – Bern, Switzerland
8 – Le Splendid – Lille, France
9 – Bataclan – Paris, France
11 – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham, United Kingdom
12 – Corporation – Sheffield, United Kingdom
14 – O2 Academy 2 – Newcastle, United Kingdom
15 – Classic Grand – Glasgow, United Kingdom
16 – Manchester HMV Ritz -Manchester, United Kingdom
18 – Robin 2 – Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
19 – Electric Ballroom – London, United Kingdom

The band also released a video announcement for their upcoming UK tour:


Leaves’ Eyes @ Manchester Academy [Live Review]

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , , , , on 24th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson, the North Sea Poet

Bands: Leaves’ Eyes, Stream Of Passion, Awake By Design
Location: Manchester Academy, Manchester
Date: 20th October 2011

I have no idea why Awake by Design were touring with Leaves’ Eyes and Stream of Passion I think the tour would have been better, but not only that they didn’t have any of the same elements that the other two bands offered. With low communication between the band and the audience it was probably good that they had a short set (only a couple of songs) though to be fair the amount of space that they were given – which was next to none – they just had enough to fit the band on and off, which maybe they could of done better with a bit more space.

In 2007 Stream of Passion had to cancel part of their European tour, one part of this tour was in the UK when immigration denied Stream of Passion from entering the UK on suspicions that they were coming here to actually settle in the UK illegally, each member was separated and questioned but despite providing the legal documents they were unable to come over to the UK, that was 4 years ago and Stream of Passion hadn’t even announced a UK yet they talked about returning until the original support act Visions of Atlantis had to cancel their shows in the UK, Czech and France because of Mario Plank voice problems but seemed to be able to make it for their MFVF where they will be shooting there live DVD.

Stream of Passion opened with a song from the new album Darker Days (released June 2011) entitled Lost. They continued to play a lot of songs from their latest album, so if your an old fan there wouldn’t be a lot of songs that you would know, though they did perform Passion and Out of The Real World – Passion is from their first album Embrace The Storm, where the Marcela told the crowd that  it’s a really old song and told everyone to raise their hands and clap within time. They also had one from their second The Flame Within, my favourite song of the night was Collide (there new single), I was happy to see lead singer Marcela Bovio using her violin for the show and did on a numerous of songs through the show but also how she was okay at head banging on the stage I have only every seen that on Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil and Floor Jansen (ReVamp), and how the whole band seemed to be on their music and great hopefully Stream of Passion will get more recognition for what they do as they are great to see live and musically talented. I think that the band enjoyed there time in the UK, more so in London and will be returning (according to their official site and also Marcela mentioned) that you can see Stream of Passion at Fused Festival 2012. 4.5/5

Its been 5 years since Leaves’ Eyes last visited the north of England, so by performing in Manchester they definitely made up for lost time, despite Academy 3 only being a small venue the gig did not sell out but they did have a heavy and respectful crowd which Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull did mention. They kicked off their set with Spirits’ Masquerade, Liv being the last one to come onto the stage in a pure black medieval styled dress with corset around her middle, the sleeves edges of the dress and designed in a gold pattern, where she wore fish nets and high heeled shoes (which she later used to put holes in the set list) as the song progressed she held her hand out and touched everyone that she can reach in the audience.

The next song was from their first album Lovelorn, and is the first song I heard of Leaves’ Eyes, this is Ocean’s Way during the introduction Alexander Krull walks on with his desirable waist length, who encourages the audience to be a bit more brutal referring to his wife as ‘too nice’ and demands that the audience throw their fists in the air. The pair make a great duo Liv’s soft vocal with Alex’s definitely make Leaves’ Eyes unique.

I thought that My Destiny would be the last song or one of the last songs on the set list if not the last song but was pleasantly surprised when it appeared to be the third song in the list, this maybe because Alexandra was already on the stage? Who Knows. The audience is silent and Liv begins to sing the beginning vocals gently taking a quick break to tell the audience she loves them before the guitar riffs start off, Alex’s still encouraging the audience especially to call back at him often holding his ear to crowd in response to get more noise out of us.

From there I don’t know the order of the songs that they played, though the set list was cut short with songs like In To Your Light not being played because of lack of time, the band did continue to play songs from all 4 of their albums, one I didn’t think that they would play was Farewell Proud Men this is probably the songs that Liv came close to head banging and often raising her arm up in the arm to create the rock on symbol \m/

Not long after these songs they began to be slower songs with them playing Krakevisa which was dedicate to the horrible tragedy that happened in Norway this year with a man killing loads of teenagers, the song was sang in Norwegian and has the element of folk in it, the song i think is on about the hunting and killing of something.

After another song the perform Elegy probably one of the mans most famous and icon songs that appears in their second album Vinland Saga, the crowd is encouraged to clap along with the rhythm of the song and to call out the lyrics making sure that the crowd are were on the rising vocal range begin the song ‘Are you ready to sing really high? Are you?”. From this song there o into some musical difficulty with the intro of To France beginning, the crowd than edges them to carry on singing along to To France’s chorus, the next song is obviously To France.

The Last Leaves’ Eyes song is one that I didn’t think would even be on the set list and is off third album Njord Frøya’s Theme, Alex joins his wife on stage to perform their last song.

Leaves Eyes are great performers and the next time that they are in the UK you should totally go, a Security memeber after the show and told Liv that he had never heard of them before but totally enjoyed it. Definitely 5/5.

Danielle Eley