- Marcela Bovio - lead vocals, violin
- Eric Hazebroek - lead guitar, rhythm guitar
- Stephan Schultz - lead guitar, rhythm guitar
- Johan van Stratum - bass
- Jeffrey Revet - keyboard, synthesizer, piano
- Martijn Peters - drums
- Arjen Anthony Lucassen - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
- Lori Linstruth - lead guitar, rhythm guitar
- Alejandro Millán - keyboard, piano, backing vocals
- Davy Mickers - drums
Arjen and Lori Linstruth, who were (and still are) an item, and Alejandro Millán, who had previously formed the band Elfonia with Marcela, left the group in 2007. They signed with Napalm Records for The Flame Within and Darker Days, and after leaving Napalm in 2012, they started an Indiegogo campaign to fund their final studio album, A War of Our Own. Sadly, they amicably split up in 2016, leaving us with a live album/DVD, Memento, and a few farewell shows.
I find their sound somewhat unique in that it's generally a little more relaxed than others in this subgenre. Being more of a progressive band, the instrumentation and vocals vary in intensity and pace throughout. Marcela has a gentle yet powerful and passionate singing voice that I love, and her violin adds a nice touch to the mix. I like the quieter, calmer parts of the songs when the bass work from her now husband, Johan van Stratum, is front and center. I also dig the somewhat moody piano/keyboard work interspersed throughout, particularly on songs like the title track from A War of Our Own. Everything just blends together very nicely.
While all of their albums that I've heard so far have their highlights, my favorite is probably A War of Our Own. The only one that I have yet to hear is The Flame Within, which is probably going to change now that I've created this thread.
Marcela now does vocals for Epica guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen's band MaYaN, and she's done a couple of solo albums, Unprecedented and Through Your Eyes. And oh, by the way, she's a total cutie!
Passion (from Embrace the Storm)
Lost (from Darker Days)
Monster (from A War of Our Own)
A War of Our Own (title track from that album)
The Curse (from A War of Our Own)
Burning Star (from A War of Our Own)