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
“Brutal riffs, punishing beats, gut-wrenching vox. Burn River Burn delivers a record worthy of this years' top picks in the realm of heavy metal.“
– Mike Wells, Mike Wells Mastering (Green Day, Tommy Guerrero, STS9)
First there was Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Rage Against the Machine, as well as Van Halen, among many others. That was then though and this is now with Burn River Burn.
Gigantic Rawk is their genre term of use but really their style is a mixed up between the acts of the past mentioned before, with the acts of today being the modern day acts such as Burn River Burn. Who in fact have an album to their name called "Neustonia". A follow-up release to their previous self-titled released back in 2011. So it has been sometime since they have released anything new in terms of music.
But time pays off which is the case for Burn River Burn with their album "Neustonia". A real kicker to the old meets new of music, in the case of hard rock, rock n' roll with some dash of grunge thrown in for good measure. That is precisely what you get when you listen to this release by these guys.
When it comes down to the album's track selection you get 11-tracks, each of which shares it's own sense of being. Like take for instance "U Dig", is one is more of an upbeat source of track, being very catchy, aggressive, having an edge to it. While a track like "Sworn to Silence", is more toned down, being more on the level, laid back, at ease if you will, type of track. It allows for the music to be more compelling, easy flowing, having music and vocals work well together.
"Burning Bridges", on the other hand is more in-depth, heavy duty rock n' roll vibes clearly put into place. It really is pleasing to the ear, having the melodies working overtime at time. It is one of those tracks you can bob your head too and just sway back and forth to.
The rest of the material off "Neustonia", is fair, decent quality and sounding, being a source of sound that is hard rock, crossed with easy listening groovy melodies with fist pumping angst that keeps the music alive and well. All in all Burn River Burn is an act that will continue to shine on through the rock n' roll scene with utter most ease.
- Natalie Perez, Nataliezworld.com
"Really dig the album. 'Sworn to Silence', 'Sweet Hurricane' and the title track: 'Neüstonia', tore my insides out. 'Into the Vein' held me in suspense as 'Immaculate Contraption' smoothed it all out with ecstasy. The hypnotic gravity of "The Rift" really anchors this powerful burst of an album from BURN RIVER BURN. Burn River Burn paints a picture of expanse with Neüstonia. Great album!"
- Ty Palmer, Stickyguide.com
Arriving June 8th, was the latest release, "Neustonia" from heavy rockers Burn River Burn. It features 11-tracks, beginning with the pounding tribal drums and burning guitar riffs of "Thanks For The Ride" as they draw from their early heavy metal influences. They slow the pace down for the thick, chugging groove of "Witch Hunt," before blasting off with the high-intensity of "U Dig." Burn River Burn continue to deliver a classic heavy metal sound on the steady rhythm of "Sweet Hurricane" and "Burning Bridges" as the band flex their music muscle on these heavy pounding numbers. The band finish up their new album with the doom metal appeal of the title song, "Neustonia" and the dark, grunge backdrop of "The Rift." To find out more about Burn River Burn and their latest release "Neustonia," please visit burnriverburn.com.
J. Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
About the Debut Album...
"Reminds me of all the things I loved about 90's hard rock. Whilst I can hear the influence, there is nothing old about this or their sound. Ballsy riffs, well crafted vocal melodies and catchy yet hard tracks all around. Favorite track is STAND."
- Daniel Mayes, Dan's Bandcampaign Podcast
"Hailing from San Francisco, Burn River Burn are a five piece hard rock and metal band self-released their self-titled debut album last year and are currently writing and recording their sophomore album for release next year. The band consists of the John Paterson’s powerful vocals, Chuck Howell and Ray Morgan’s down-tuned guitar riffage and the super-tight rhythm section of bassist Dan Knight and drummer Kevin Amann. The band is named in reference to the city of Cleveland and the notorious Cuyahoga River which was set ablaze accidently several times after massive amounts of garbage and waste were dumped into it in the 1960’s, prompting the creation of the EPA. The band’s sound is as filthy and dark as that river, featuring a highly melodic and aggressive brand of metallic hard rock that is built upon a foundation of thundering Black Sabbath-like stoner rock riffs and incorporates everything from psych rock and southern rock to 90’s grunge for a heavy, nostalgia-laced sound that will have you reaching for the repeat button after your very first listen.
The album opens with “American Standard”, and with a guitar riff that alternates between chugging and crushing, along with an anthemic chorus, it just might be the new standard for American hard rock. The song also introduces us to Paterson’s vocal style with a wide range that is reminiscent of everyone from David Lee Roth to Ozzy and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion Of Conformity. “Maverick” follows with bluesy harmonica soloing throughout, a sturdy Southern rock tinged groove and a snarling rock swagger complete with a smoldering guitar solo. The mid-tempo “Killing Time” stands out with a swaying rhythm, crunchy guitars and some soaring melodies that makes it sound like a unique cross between Van Halen and Pantera that comes as close to a ballad as Burn River Burn is willing to get. Another standout, “The Chilling Fields” is built upon some old school thrash metal riffs and some theatrical 80’s inspired vocals for a high-energy churner. “STAND” might be the heaviest song on the album with pummeling guitars, a fuzzed out bass line and pounding drums that live up to the uppercase spelling of the song title but it might be the most melodic as well, with the harmonies on the fist-in-the-air hair metal chorus.
“Burn River Burn” doubles as the album’s title track and the band’s namesake as well as a mission statement for the band. The driving song lives up to their motto (found on their Bandcamp page) of “If your amps aren’t taller than you…you’re doing something wrong”. “Kat Lady (Killing Time…Again)” locks in with a fierce groove and never lets go with screeching guitar leads and howling vocals. “Snakes” opens with an echoing vocal passage and a scorching guitar riff and an aggressive vocal performance for another standout moment. “Crawfish Etouffee” is fittingly named after a spicy New Orleans based stew with some equally hot guitar riffs, a melodic guitar solo, and a head-nodding rhythm along with some keyboards added to the list of ingredients. And the ten song album closes out with a song that pretty much wins the award for worst song title of the year with the dumb and offensive, “Deep Hole Of Satan’s Fuck”. Maybe it’s just for shock value of for laughs when they get to call out name of the song at their live shows but luckily the super-heavy song holds up on its own without all of the nonsense to close out the album on a high note.
Burn River Burn’s promising self-titled debut album is a great set of versatile songs that are heavy enough to attract the metal crowd and melodic enough to be sandwiched in between bands like Godsmack and Metallica on any modern rock radio playlist and it only sets the bar higher and amps up the anticipation for their sophomore album that is soon to be released.
- Justin Kreitzer, ReviewYou.com
"BRB is an American band founded in 2009. Originally from Cleveland, they have since landed in SF. The 5 play hard stoner rock and with influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Soundgarden...they have their own style heard in tracks where the powerful guitar of Chuck Howell and Ray Morgan are to the fore - as in "American Standard". I also like their motto: "if your amps aren't taller than you, you're doing something wrong". How true is that?
A few weeks ago BRB released their debut, eponymous 10 track album with tunes and vibes that range from the pseudo-ballad "Killing Time" - where solid guitar riffs are gilded with beautiful keyboard melodies - to the Aerosmith-like harmonica sound on "Maverick". "Stand" has its own style again with a sweet sound that will still be able to speak to the old school headbanger in you.
Those who yearn for Soundgarden, You will be sorted out by Burn River Burn. You can get the LP on Bandcamp or buy it on CD Baby."
- Stoner and More Blog, France, December 2011
"Hands down, the best original band in the Bay Area"
- Gary Clark, photographer
"Bluesy alt-rock with soulful vocals and gritty guitar work. There's touches of Seattle grunge on these grooves but mixed up with more than a spoonful of delta blues magic."
- FDJ, Canvey Island, UK
HOLY SH!T! I had my face seriously melted off from these guys, BURN RIVER BURN, last night. If you have not heard them, seen them, you NEED TO!
- Timothy Bednarz, C.O.A.R. Radio Show
"Love the singers voice - contemporary Ozzyish (especially when doubled in the choruses). Guitar riffs are super hooky, and the rhythm section is tight as F*#K! Really dope stuff - just bad ass rock n roll/hard rock."
- Richard Kovak, Los Angeles, CA
"KICKING myself for not checking out BRB earlier... they totally ROCK! \m/. I found myself deep in a hypnotic metal semi-trance a few times during their performance....Can't wait to see them kick ass again soon."
-Wyman Choy, Bay Area Photographer
"This down trudging guitar was right for the music which was very dark and fits the band description of "Southern Fried Sabbath...The music is very riff driven and John Paterson's voice compliments the riffs extremely well. In fact, I could not imagine anyone else filling the role of lead vocalist better then John other then maybe David Coverdale and I think he is busy right now....This band has great song writing ability and a southern swagger that defines them as a whole...This is a high energy rock band that loves to play great riffs."
- Charlie Harrelson, Evo:R Entertainment
One of the "Best bands in the Bay Area"
- 107.7 The Bone