The Dutch formation’s fourth release, “Darker Days”, catapults Stream of Passion from insider tip to undisputed trailblazer of the gothic metal genre. The band revolving around Marcela Bovio exudes a self-assurance and maturity that spills over into the new tracks. The songs are majestic musical gems that as a whole, deliver an unbelievably complex and sensuous end result. Metal guitars, beautiful melodies and symphonic arrangements build the foundation for Marcela’s soulful vocals. This sweeping blend makes songs like “Lost”, “Collide”, and “This Moment” passionate statements of romantic intensity. The crystal-clear and impressive production (Fascination Street Studios) adds the finishing touch to this well-rounded masterpiece. “Darker Days” is a gothic metal album that will appeal to all the senses.