"The Scarlet Mark", the new video from Dutch/Mexican gothic/progressive metallers STREAM OF PASSION, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's third album, "Darker Days", which was released in North America in July 2011 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded at Sandlane Recording Facilities in Rijen, Holland.
In an interview with Sea Of Tranquility, STREAM OF PASSION singer Marcela Bovio stated about "Darker Days", "The drive behind this album has to expand our musical horizons and incorporate new influences and ideas into our writing. We also wanted to go for a more organic sound; instead of layering all instruments on top of each other we tried to give each instrument its own moment in the songs. So make the heavy, guitar riff parts entirely about the guitars; and on the soft parts let the piano, the strings and the vocals take over."
She added, "I think we made a huge step from 'Embrace The Storm' to 'The Flame Within'. On 'Embrace The Storm', Arjen Lucassen (who was still in the band back then) had the absolute lead on songwriting, with me doing the vocal lines and melodies. For 'The Flame Within', I had to face the challenge of writing songs from scratch, instead of writing on top of what someone else already had done; so in a lot of ways our second album was also our first. Now with 'Darker Days', we've taken our 'real' second step as a band. And I think it was clear from the start that our goal was to keep refining our sound, to keep incorporating unique qualities to the music."
STREAM OF PASSION's sophomore album, "The Flame Within", entered the official chart in Holland at position No. 57.
The band's debut CD, "Embrace the Storm", was released in Holland in October 2005 via Sony/BMG Benelux. The effort was issued in the rest of Europe and the U.S./Canada via InsideOut Music.