The River Neva / Press

““Chemistry of Holocaust,” the latest from local metal stalwarts River Neva, is an unrelenting barrage of sound, a veritable maelstrom of music that barely stops to breathe.”

“a five-piece to watch out for; Promoting a stellar five-track debut EP “Chemistry Of Holocaust,” the band (performed) an airtight, intricate, and dark balance of progressive metal and original Massachusetts metalcore – the real deal, the Swedish-influenced harmonic riffing of early All That Remains without a gauged earlobe in sight.”

“Got a chance to check out The River Neva last night and I was blown away...they are so powerful and well put together they are like Dolph Lundgren on Steroids!!”

Ryan Behan - Wrenchneck

“With guitarist Grizz Gagnon back from a year in Afghanistan, and a new EP in the works, local heavies The River Neva are building up some steam. And deservedly so. This band has a way of borrowing some of the elements of metal’s past and present, and mixing them. At times sounding right in line with contemporary hard-core, Neva has a habit of mixing things up — shifting time signatures, switching up vocal styles, introducing guitar riffs that feel ripped from the guitar-driven heyday of bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. This is fun stuff. Smart, adrenaline-soaked metal, played exquisitely well. The River Neva performs with 18 Wheels of Justice, Hope Before the Fall and Hell Within at 9 p.m. Friday at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester. (Victor D. Infante)”

“Worcester has always been known as a city that loves metal. But a lot of bands play something they call metal, but is really closer to, say, Godsmack. Newcomers The River Neva are avoiding the trend and keeping things totally real.”