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STREAM OF PASSION/PENELOPE/SCARLET STORIES
Duycker, Hoofddorp, Netherlands
5th February 2016


Ian Sutherland
Photos by Sharik Derksen


ian sutherland


stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

Every town in the Netherlands seems to have a modern bespoke concert venue, and commuter town Hoofddorp is no exception. Tonight Duycker is hosting a three band bill and the opening act is Scarlet Stories from Tilburg.

The last time I saw this band performing their unique blend of folk, prog and Metal it was with the full band. Tonight it is an acoustic show with guitarist Bram te Kamp supplying the music behind Lisette van den Berg's vocals.

Sometimes putting together acoustic arrangements of songs can leave them sounding a bit thin but there is no issue with that here. With imaginative playing the core of their dark, complex and atmospheric compositions is left intact but given an extra intimacy.

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This leaves room for Ms van den Berg to show off her vocal skills and the result is often astonishing. Whether keeping things low key with a breathy intimate style or raising her voice to a shattering crescendo the result is captivating. Always completely in the moment this is a terrific vocal performance while the playful between songs chat shows a growing confidence and stage presence to match.

scarlet stories
Scarlet Stories

Personally I would have liked to hear more than the thirty minutes or so allocated to Scarlet Stories tonight but with a new song and accompanying video in the pipeline there is much to look forward to. An original band really worth keeping an eye on.

scarlet stories
Scarlet Stories

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Penelope from Amsterdam were up next and provided a real contrast. They have an old school classic rock vibe but are all about cranking things up, Rocking with a capital R but making sure the music has a groove to it.

penelope
Penelope

Fronting the band is the energetic Vicky van Zilj who is absolutely the focal point. She has a wild, unpredictable edge and never stands still for a second. Her vocals are good but it's her vitality and sheer presence that keep the audience's attention.

penelope
Penelope


Unfortunately to my ears Penelope didn't have any truly memorable songs to hang all that style and energy on. Their set started off with a lot of promise but kind of fizzled out in disappointing fashion in the end.

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There was no chance of that happening with headliners Stream Of Passion. This was their first show for a couple of months and they hit the stage with a vengeance.

Always a band full of energy, all six members throw themselves into their performance from the start. 'Monster' sounds if you'll pardon the obvious, monstrous!

stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

Marcela Bovio continues the evening's tradition of impressive singing with some stellar vocals on old favourites like 'Deceiver' and Street Spirit'. Her atmospheric, emotional performance on 'Don't Let Go' is equally impressive and matched by an amazing solo from guitarist Stephan Schultz.

stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

Every song has musical flourishes to draw your attention and is performed with an enthusiasm which is simply irresistible. This isn't the biggest crowd the band have ever played in front of but they give it absolutely everything they have and get the response they deserve.

stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

The encores of their dramatic cover of Sonata Arctica's 'I Have A Right' is light years ahead of the original and then traditional set closer 'This Endless Night' perhaps ironically brings the night to a close.

stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

Currently excited about a return to their singer's native Mexico for their first shows in the country for ten years and with a new album at the writing stage this is going to be a interesting year for Stream Of Passion. I hope that there are more shows like this one along the way.

stream of passion
Stream Of Passion

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