Stream of Passion is a Dutch progressive metal band with symphonic and gothic influences founded by guitarist Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Mexican singer and violinist Marcela Bovio. The band's line-up has consisted of Bovio, guitarists Eric Hazebroek and Stephan Schultz, bass guitarist Johan van Stratum, keyboardist Jeffrey Revet, and drummer Martijn Peters since 2009.
Lucassen and Bovio had previously collaborated in Ayreon's album The Human Equation, for which Bovio (then in band Elfonía) was selected by Lucassen via an internet female singing contest. Lucassen then decided to create a new band with her as lead vocalist, and selected other little-known musicians to form the rest of the band: van Stratum, keyboardist Alejandro Millán (from Elfonía as well), guitarist Lori Linstruth, and drummer Davy Mickers. Because the musicians in the band lived thousands of miles apart, Lucassen composed the group's 2005 debut album, Embrace the Storm, over the Internet, with Bovio writing all the lyrics. A live album, Live in the Real World, featuring songs from Lucassen's other projects Ayreon and Star One, was released the following year.
In 2007, half of the Stream of Passion's line-up decided to leave: Lucassen left to make them continue their own career as he had planned since the creation, while Linstruth and Millán also decided to quit. The three were respectively replaced by Hazebroek, Schultz, and Revet. After the release in 2009 of the band's first album without Lucassen on composition, The Flame Within, Mickers decided to leave the band, with Bovio and van Stratum being the only original members left. He was replaced by Peters who featured on the band's third album in 2011, Darker Days.
In 2012 Stream of Passion left Napalm Records and decided to become an independent band, launching an Indiegogo campaign to finance their fourth full studio album. The new album, A War of Our Own, is due to be released on April 18, 2014.
- Current members
- Marcela Bovio - lead vocals, violin (2005–present)
- Johan van Stratum - bass (2005–present)
- Eric Hazebroek - lead/rhythm guitar (2007–present)
- Stephan Schultz - lead/rhythm guitar (2007–present)
- Jeffrey Revet - keyboards, synthesizers, piano (2007–present)
- Martijn Peters - drums (2009–present)
- Former members
- Arjen Lucassen - lead/rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2005–2007)
- Lori Linstruth - lead/rhythm guitar (2005–2007)
- Alejandro Millán - keyboards, piano, live backing vocals (2005–2007)
- Davy Mickers - drums (2005–2009)
- Former live members
- Damian Wilson - vocals, acoustic guitar (2006)
- Diana Bovio - backing vocals (2006–2007)
- André Borgman - drums (2009)
- Studio albums
- Embrace the Storm (2005)
- The Flame Within (2009)
- Darker Days (2011)
- A War of Our Own (2014)
- Live albums
- Live in the Real World (2006) (CD and DVD)
- Out in the Real World (2006) – No. 49* NL Singles Top 100