Orvam - A Song For Home
Review by JD on August 24, 2014.
I seem to be seeing more progressive metal these days than I have in a long while. As this scene grows, so does the brilliance and heaviness while attaining the highest musicianship, ever! Now we move on to show you exactly what I am talkin’ about.
Hailing from Greece, comes a very heavy, explosive and talented act called NEED. They are the epitome of original. From brutally crushing riffs, deeply memorable melodies to some very soft off kilter passages that seem to come out from another world, NEED show what it is to be called progressive. They offer up what music was meant to be.
Looking at the album as a whole, it’s quite possibly one of the finest examples of prog metal that has been put out in years. Picking a few songs that are the cream of the NEED crop would be the chaotic beauty of "Lifeknot" to the epic eighteen minute prog metal masterpiece "Orvam". They have all the tools and unabashed talent to be put in a genre all by themselves. Even the mighty Dream Theatre would be hard pressed to keep up with the majesty and pounding that this band has to offer.
I am so impressed, I will forgo the long summation and just tell you all that this is the album that other bands wanted to make-but never could. They are heavy, talented, thought provoking, quirky and so damned memorable as well. Let me reiterate this one more time: this is what prog metal is all about, and others will struggle to match them.
Rating: 10 out of 10