Stream of Passion is a progressive metal band with symphonic metal and gothic metal influences founded by Arjen Anthony Lucassen and Marcela Bovio. Because the musicians in the band lived thousands of miles apart, Lucassen composed the group's debut album, Embrace the Storm, over the Internet. It was released on October 24, 2005 through InsideOut Music. A live album, Live in the Real World, was released the following year. With the exception of vocalist Marcela Bovio, who had appeared on Ayreon's album The Human Equation, Lucassen selected little-known musicians to form this band. He finally left the band in 2007, to make them continue their own career as he had planned since the creation. In August 2008, it was announced that Stream of Passion had signed to Napalm Records, with Lucassen no longer a part of the band. Through Napalm they released their second studio album The Flame Within in 2009. The band released their third studio album, Darker Days, in June 2011.