HOW IT ALL BEGAN
NEED’s journey in the metal world started in 2004 when the first line-up of the band around guitarist Ravaya recorded their first promo cd entitled “avoidinme”. After several band member changes, the line-up took its current 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 & 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 & 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.
The eve of 2014 found NEED releasing their strongest album to date, named “Orvam: a song for home”. With a new line-up featuring Victor Kouloubis on bass and Stelios Paschalis on drums, the band joined forces with the famous producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore, Kansas, Dokken) while the album was once again mastered in NY by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Shadows Fall). The album was released in Jan.2014 to raving reviews by magazines and websites worldwide and is currently distributed by Trailblazer Recs (EU) and Laser’s Edge (US). In September 2014, NEED performed in the 15th edition of ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia.
Need performed a few headline shows in Greece in 2015 while at the same time working on the follow-up to ‘Orvam: a song for home’. On September 2015 they released their first live DVD ‘Orvam: a song for Atlanta-Live at ProgPower USA’ that featured the band’s entire set at the festival. Need then spent the first half of 2016 finalizing their 4th album, ‘Hegaiamas: a song for freedom’ that was released on January 2017. The album had critical acclaim to magazines and webzines all around the world and that landed Need a slot in their first US/Canada tour, a 24-date run with Swedish proggers Evergrey. Evergrey were so thrilled by Need’s performance and crowd feedback that invited them to also join the european leg of their tour, a 25-date run set to take place in September/October of 2017.