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Athens-based NEED's journey in the progressive metal world started in 2004 when the first line-up of the band around guitarist Ravaya (ex-DEADMAN'S TALE) recorded their first promo cd entitled ''avoidinme''. After several band member changes, the line-up took a more stable form in the beginning of 2006.

Soon after NEED inked a deal with Burning Star Records and released their debut album ''The Wisdom Machine'' worldwide in November 2006 and got enthusiastic reviews from magazines and websites all around the world. Following the release of their debut album, NEED played numerous gigs all around Greece and also did a small European tour with their labelmates ZENITH (Denmark). They also shared the stage for some gigs with CANDLEMASS, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, THRESHOLD and DEADSOUL TRIBE among others. In the summer of 2007 NEED started their collaboration with the German management and booking company Redlion Music.

The band spent the most part of 2008 writing and recording their second album entitled ''Siamese God''. The album was recorded and mixed at Soundflakes studio in Athens, Greece and was mastered at West West Side Music studio in New York, U.S.A. by Alan Douches. ''Siamese God'' was released in December 2009 via a collaboration of Rock Hard magazine and Venerate Industries. In the fall of 2010 the band went on a 3-week European tour with JON OLIVA'S PAIN and NEVERLAND. In the summer of 2011 NEED played in Sonisphere Festival opening for IRON MAIDEN, SLIPKNOT and MASTODON among others. ''Siamese God'' was re-released in Europe in September 2011 by the German SAOL Music. NEED also shared the stage with SYMPHONY X in October 2011.

During 2012-2013, NEED were occupied recording their third album ''Orvam'' that was mixed and mastered in the US by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRYCHE) and Alan Douches (MASTODON, SHADOWS FALL) respectively.

In 2013, new members Victor KOLOUBIS on bass and Stelios PASHALIS on drums joined Ravaya (guitars), Anthony HATZIS (keyboards) and Jon V. (vocals, ARPYIAN HORDE, ex-WHEELRUNNER). Previous members include K. K. (bass, ex-VULNUS), Nikon (drums), Pete (drums, ex-UNIVERSE217) and Constantin (guitars). NEED are set to play on ProgPower USA 2014.

Biography adopted from band's facebook page - edited by aapatsos

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3.60 | 5 ratings
The Wisdom Machine
2006
3.75 | 4 ratings
Siamese God
2009
3.97 | 15 ratings
Orvam - A Song for Home
2014
3.75 | 32 ratings
Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom
2017

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2004
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 Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom by NEED album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.75 | 32 ratings

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4 stars 2017 started off pretty well.

This is the 4th album of the Athenians who steadily gain pace after appearing in ProgPower a couple of years or so ago.

The acid prog metal sound of the band found in the previous album still makes its way in tracks such as ''Tilikum'', albeit in a smaller scale; this fact makes the album more digestible than its predecessor. Jon V's vocals range from melodic to acid-thrashy, their tone mostly resembling to Ray Alder but also not afraid of experimenting in Warrel Dane-like fashion. This is supported from the overall sound of Hegaiamas, which reveals its main influence in the face of Fates Warning; riffy, melodic, contemporary prog metal.

The album starts off with the two most accessible tunes and highlights, Rememory and Alltribe, a great way to get the listener interested in the rest. The heaviness increases with Therianthrope and Riverthane reaching its peak with Tilikum before dropping to a 5-minute narration of a dream / piano piece in the form of I.O.T.A.; although completely different than the rest, it's an interesting interlude in the ongoing bombardment of riffage. The ghost of Nevermore hangs over the heavier tunes, ensuring that no cheesiness is let through the door (I think I can hear some drop-D tunes here and there but don't hold me to this). The 20+ min. title track is solid proof that NEED can survive epic songs withoug losing the listener in the maze of riffs. Complex but not too much, heavy and melodic enough to keep the balance. The tunes on this song slightly resemble to "Memory Palace" of Between Buried and Me which brings a faint (and positive) smile to my face.

The selective appearance of Evergrey, Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation confirm that NEED have filtered and mastered their influences. Quality-wise, this sits up there with the best ever Greek prog-metal releases (e.g. Until Rain's Anthem to Creation). The production is pristine and flawless, the musicianship superb; narrations could be cut down a little. I suspect the next step is that they create something entirely of their own character. Until then, they will certainly be a fresh breath of modern quality prog metal.

4(-)

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3.97 | 15 ratings

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4 stars Here's a little game to start this review off. If you haven't already, google "Need Orvam Reviews" and make a list of all the bands that various critics compare their sound to. Try to take note of the genres mentioned too, and when you get back, tell me if you have any idea what Need's new album, Orvam: A Song For Home actually sounds like. I'll spare adding to that list, as I've really got no clue who I would compare this band with. If that sounds like the least helpful description to open a review with ever, I offer my sincerest apologies, but I feel that I must bring your attention to this wonderful album, even if my writing prowess fails to give you an apt description.

At the very least, I can tell you that Need plays a very subtle brand of progressive metal. It makes heavy use of both guitars and keyboards, though neither are emphasized in the mix as strongly as the distinct, even harrowing voice of lead singer Jon V. To call Need an 'atmospheric' band wouldn't do justice to the active, skilled, and engaging instrumental performances, but man do they know how to set a mood.

Such understatement pays off though, and the sound of the album is thoroughly unique. I'm not sure I'd associate it with the newer post-progressive metal movement, because while there is a big emphasis on music textures and unique sounds, the guitars are still primarily melodic. If I were to hazard a comparison, and a loose one at best, I would draw a line to Votum's Harvest Moon from 2013, except that the ethos throughout the album is much colder, and, as reflected in the album's striking artwork, empty in such a way that evokes a strange sort of beauty.

To properly call attention to the? remarkable success of this record, I draw your attention to the penultimate track: "Hotel Oniro". This track is almost entirely spoken word, and quite musically sparse. This is typically an automatic skip for me. I've got a well-publicized hatred of voice-overs in prog, but the conversation of "Hotel Oniro" is both terribly sad and remarkably poignant. It's a perfect snapshot of the emotional resonance that reverberates through the whole album. Bravo Need, you've accomplished what I've often called next to impossible.

However, while the band does pull off, in masterful fashion, the ever-challenging 'voiceover track', it's not universally successful in its mission. The final track, the 18 minute title track "Orvam", catapults the listener into a world of absolute despair. Digging deep to the point of release and achieving peace. The musical transition is startling, and the lyrical shift satisfying. So, when, after a lengthy instrumental, the song returns to the dramatic refrain ridden with despair, I'm left confused. It's a small knock on an otherwise remarkable journey, but on top of the already sparse collection of melodies populating the back half of the song, it ends the album on something of an underwhelming note.

That being said, while the journey isn't perfect, there are some absolutely jaw dropping stops along the way. Both the opener "Lifeknot" and "Mother Madness" do an admirable job of intersecting the album's personal atmosphere with some really awesome melodies. In the case of "Mother Madness", this even approaches catchy. Orvam: A Song For Home is thoroughly refreshing. Not being able to easily compare it to a lot of contemporary progressive metal is actually a really nice reprieve, especially because Need executes so well.

4.25 // 5

Originally posted at www.blackwindmetal.com

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3.97 | 15 ratings

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4 stars If you are looking for a progressive metal group that 100% justifies these two terms equally or for sophisticated metal music that will make you bang your head with pride, your search is over! Need is the band you were looking for.

Five years have passed since their second album ''Siamese God'' and the Athenians strike back, at last. I don't know why it took them so long but I'm certain that in the meantime they worked really hard. You see, though their previous efforts were really good albums, ''Orvam'' expands their horizons (and ours too), achieving something that you don't find easily nowadays: personal sound. There is a scent of freshness coming out from Orvam's every note, something that words can't capture. It's the band's energy, passion, creativity and love for art.

It's not difficult to guess some of their influences. My ears realize music inspired by Metallica-oriented riffs, Pantera grooves, new rock/alternative elements, a prog touch from Seattle (Nevermore/Queensryche, is it because of Neil Kernon's magic mix?) and Pain of Salvation's dramatic melodies. But, if there is only one band with somehow similar attitude, this would be Psychotic Waltz. I think that Need are really influenced by P.W, not in sound but in mentality. As I already said, all of the above are mixed in Need's special, unique blend. Heaviness, melody, technicality and intellectuality are served in the right portions and everything is in balance. Obviously, it's the band's impressive songwriting skills we have to thank. The songs range from 3 to 18 minutes but nothing tired or bored me, they are 7 small, perfect circles of music.

Hats off to the musicians: K.K & Pete are Need's new members and oh, what a delightful first presence this is! Their rhythmic section is performed with crystal precision and ever- pounding power, these guys are skillful and unrestrained. (I especially liked the way Pete plays his cymbals.) Anthony Hatzis' keyboard work is responsible for some of Orvam's most interesting shades. Classic prog sounds, soft jazz passages, a bit of classical music, inspirations from Manos Chatzidakes and, yes, a short glimpse of Kevin Moore's ghost! Ravaya, the band's mastermind and original member, stands as first among equals. The riffs he creates are so well balanced between straight grooves and complexity that he almost left me wondering. At least four riffs of the album (the basic ones in Lifeknot, Symmetrape, Mother Madness and Orvam) are amongst the best I've heard in metal music in recent years, probably since Machine Head's ''The Blackening''. I saved Jon V. for last. During the first listen, his rough voice did not appeal that much to me. It took me a while to realize that this guy has a wonderful range and that his performances are overflowing with energy, being always part of the music. Some minor issues with his accent (a common problem of all Greek singers) but no big deal really. No one in Need has the vanity to try and step out of the team, the band plays as a single entity.

'and the 59 minutes of Orvam flow sweetly as a cool river in a hot day! ''Lifeknot'' kicks off the album with a short electronic loop and when the first titan riff steps in, attention is perfectly caught. The verse sounds almost like hard rock but the Queensryche-like bridge reminds us that we stand in prog territory. There's a wonderful piano in the middle of the song, a thrashy storming part and an excellent emotional outburst before the song is through. ''Entheogen'' begins surprisingly with a traditional greek scale and retains an ethnic and spiritual character throughout its 10 minutes. There's a very special feeling in this track, featuring technical leads, female vocals, polyphonic innovating vocal lines, major mood and a very soulful climax. ''Symmetrape'' is next and'what a riff! Strangely structured song, many sounds will caress your ears: melancholic chorus, heavy pianos, dark and jazzy parts, weird solos, growling vocals for a moment and an unexpected, brilliant ending. The intro of ''Mother Madness'' is melodic and wonderful, leading to an unbelievable riff, an instant classic for me. The song evolves into a Nevermore inspired maze, highlighted by the jamming part in the middle and the magnificent, passionate performance of Jon. ''Construct'' is probably the album's heaviest track, up tempo and dynamic but if you listen closely it's the keys that provide the song's special character, depth and color. ''Hotel Oniro'' is more like an interlude, an atmospheric piece of music serving as the background of a sad but beautiful dialogue (European filmmakers came to my mind listening to this). It also sets the stage for the 18 minutes long album title track ''Orvam'', which in my opinion is not only the album's highlight but an outstanding moment of contemporary progressive metal in general. It has a very epic opening with traditional scales again, flowing keys, bells etc., bringing to mind the epic moments of Rush. The song is normal until its 5th minute and then there's a fantastic, tension-building improvisation part with a dramatic turn. At some time, things go major and technical, reminding of Rush again and a bit of Townsend's Terria, leading to a majestic end. I won't spoil the 2 minutes of the outro; you have to discover it yourselves. My only comment is that the actor Akilis Karazisis' voice (not the first time to collaborate with Need) is the proof that the human soul has one, universal language. Feel it. Ravaya's words are breathtaking and that piano will haunt you' (Guys, why don't you release a whole album like this?)

Last but not least. Need's lyrics are simply beautiful. There is a political, philosophical and artistic essence inside these words. Dive into the band's concept and you will be rewarded. For your information, the word Orvam is ''Mavro'' written backwards, meaning ''Black''.

If the prog world is fair, Need will gain a wider recognition after this one. In my opinion, they have what it takes to succeed further, artistically and commercially. They have the talent, the passion and the guts and my sixth sense says that they're heading for their masterpiece. If you like uncompromising modern prog metal, give this a try. It will grow inside you. To those fortunate who will attend ProgPower 2014, give Need a warm welcome. Well done to Need and please, don't let us wait another five years! 86/100. 4 black stars.

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