RISK/REWARD: Self-titled: LP

May 21, 2014

All the elements are seemingly here for a solid Jawbreaker imitation. Raspy vocals? Check. Heartfelt lyrics? Check. Melodic yet angular guitar riffs? Check. Steve Albini? Check. Now, if only Jawbreaker maintained a mid-tempo amble across the board and forfeited any and all hooks, then Risk/Reward would be an enjoyable doppelganger. Listen to Bivouac or 24 Hour Revenge Therapy instead. 

 –Sean Arenas (Self-released, riskreward.bandcamp.com)