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is not an easy album to get into but listeners will be rewarded if they persevere.

Need are a Progressive Metal five-piece hailing from Greece. They previously released albums in 2006 & 2009 and have toured with Jon Oliva’s Pain, Symphony X and Threshold. Orvam is the Greek word for Black spelt backwards and this sums up the album nicely; the seven tracks on offer deal with many emotions such as agony, loss and death.

Opener ‘Lifeknot’ is a heavy sounding opener reminding me of Dream Theater and Fates Warning. Vocalist Jon V does sound like Ray Alder in places and there is excellent guitar and keyboard interplay throughout. ‘Entheogen’ contains clever multi-layered vocals and excellent guitar work from Ravaya’ that is restrained but powerful when required. ‘Symmetrape’ is another strong number but for me it is somewhat spoilt by partial growling vocals; however Ravaya adds an exquisite guitar solo.

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‘Mother Madness’ begins with a soft piano introduction by Anthony Hadji before crunching guitars come crashing through. Ravaya treats us to another sublime solo sounding very like John Petrucci (high praise indeed) and Jon V sings soulfully on this number. ‘Hotel Oniro’ is a three minute track consisting of spoken words between a man and a woman over a haunting piano whilst closing number ‘Orvam’ is a fifteen minute tour-de-force. It builds up slowly and the whole band contributes magnificently including the rhythm section of K.K. and Pete.

The album sounds great which is no surprise as it was mixed by the legendary Neil Kernon. It is not an easy album to get into but listeners will be rewarded if they persevere. I’m glad I did!
                                    
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