About the Neüstonia Album...
"If you can’t imagine what it’s like to be chased through a metal album, the adrenaline-fueled songs on Neüstonia will definitely get you there without issue. The band’s alternative metal rock style flows well with their dark, pungent lyrics, and had my attention throughout the entire eleven-track album. I am very much looking forward to following this band’s career as they continue to release hard-hitting music."
- Jeremy Handel, Mcleod Media Company
"‘Neüstonia‘ by BURN RIVER BURN is the type of album that gives you fuel to make it through your day. It’s got pulsating riffs, gut punching beats, hypnotic melodies and in your face vocals all delivering you that hard rock sound. You can tell that the band has some Soundgarden/Alice in Chains type influences flowing through their music and it’s all packaged nicely in their own unique style. Give it a listen...and don’t forget to follow and share the band. If you're not following BURN RIVER BURN then you're missing out on some amazing #music."
- Ash, The Music Below
"It’s hard to put a label on the band’s sound because Burn River Burn incorporates a ton a genres together to make it their own unique sound. Included in the mix is a heavy dose of Texas groove complete with harmonica (“Into the Vein”). Meanwhile there is a definite grunge overtone accompanied by that Black Sabbath sludge from the 70’s. Throw in some blues and you have Burn River Burn.There isn’t much that Neüstonia doesn’t offer the true rock-n-roll fan...It’s definitely worth garnering a spot in your musical library.
- Larry Ritter, a.k.a. The Big L, Rustbelt Chronicles.
"These guys really have a unique and eclectic sound and that's something that really captured my attention when I listened to the album. Something that make them really stand out to me personally is that they are combining many elements of Rock, post-grunge, blues, even southern rock and classic rock...will really appeal to the masses."
- Kerri Edelman, The Kerri Edelman Radio Show
"...the dual guitars deliver pervasive riffs, and the vocals are powerful and vivid. I can feel some of the influences on listening but this is definitely not tired or dated...This album is a mixed bag of slow burn and outright metal onslaught."
- Maria Glover, Down the Front Media
"Burn River Burn's "Neüstonia" is a whisky-soaked, dirt-in-your-teeth ride into the darker recesses of your mind. The album kicks off with a statement - drums alone, idling like a motorcycle engine about to unleash fresh hell on the road. Within seconds, the band kicks the opening track, "Thanks for the Ride," deep into overdrive. For the next 40-plus minutes, the listener is dragged through a sludge-colored trip that leaves one little time to catch one's breath.
Vocalist John Paterson's raw power owes much to both David Lee Roth and Chris Cornell. On songs like "Waiting", "Into The Vein", and the title track, his voice soars with emotion over dirge-like rhythms churned out by the band.
The rhythm section of Marco Guzman on bass and Kevin Amann on drums are the unsung heroes of "Neüstonia." The track "Immaculate Contraption" is a punishing rhythmic journey, swinging hard like a thick, steel chain on your skull. The two confidently groove throughout the album, their swagger felt strongly on "Sweet Hurricane."
Rounding out group with two guitars, Chuck Howell and Mike Plunkett throw down heavy riffs as one would expect. However, the two reveal more beneath the surface on "Sworn to Silence", a slow, atmospheric burn that shifts gears into Black Sabbath territory.
From start to finish, "Neüstonia" is a strong release by the San Francisco-based Burn River Burn."
- Neal Gardner, Santa Monica - CA
- Jean Michel Dufour, Stoner and More blog
“Their name: Burn River Burn. Their origin: San Francisco Bay Area, North California. Their mission, according to the press release: “… to bring the good old rock ‘n’ roll back to the forefront of today’s music”. The leader of the pack is the guitarist Chuck Howell, who also plays in a Misfits tribute band with drummer Kevin Amann. John Paterson (vocals), Mike Plunkett (guitar) and Marco Guzman (bass) complete the line-up that’s celebrating eight years on the road with the release of their second album, “Neüstonia”.
Imagine a stew with meat, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. You put all the ingredients together in the pressure cooker and cook everything together. You know that water left over from cooking? Then, “Neüstonia” is like this water, but instead of vitamins and nutrients, what is retained here are influences of the most diverse rock acts: Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Led Zeppelin. Perhaps the best definition is the one made by Justin Kreitzer of ReviewYou: “a cross between Van Halen and Pantera”. Drums with more cymbals than usual, bass distorted naturally due to the recording volume. Guitarists who wield their instruments like infantrymen make the bayonet pierce the throat of the enemy. The vocal is not one of the most versatile, but it does not have to be, given the interpretive quality, that allows us to imagine faces and mouths and gestures in the mold of the best front men in history. “Thanks for The Ride” opens the gates displaying a more plump side. Next, “Witch Hunt” slows down in a somber mood half Doom, half Grunge. “Sworn to Silence” is their “Black Sabbath”, while “Waiting” picks them up in an attempt to recreate Alice in Chains “Dirt”. “U Dig” is thrash to the core, “Burning Bridges” has Pantera DNA, and by sealing the coffin, “The Rift” waits until the listener thinks that it is an instrumental track like Karma to Burn to include short and desperate lyrics.
If bringing rock back to the forefront of modern music depended only on Burn River Burn, we would be, at least, better than we are now. Since it's an independent release — “We do not need a stinking record label” — the only way to get the CD in physical format is through the band's website (burnriverburn.com). But you can always take the scorpion out of your pocket and create a Spotify account, right?”
- Marcelo Vieira, Metal La Nata, Brasil