|Review: Jameson Raid - Raiderstronomy|
Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 13, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Jameson Raid is a British band that has been active since the mid-70s and fell in with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement that got underway properly around 1979. They released a couple of EPs and a demo, but by 1982 were no longer a going concern. Original singer Terry Dark put a new lineup together in the new millennium and the band released their first album, Uninvited Guests, in 2015. High Roller Records has now gathered the songs from the Seven Days of Splendour and End of Part One EPs, along with a couple of compilation tracks and some remixes, and released Raiderstronomy.
Jameson Raid leaned more toward the hard rock side of metal, trading on basic song structures, straight forward riffing, and a simple rhythm section. Tracks like "Seven Days of Splendour" and "Catcher in the Rye" are rather catchy despite the no frills approach and I like the original versions over the remixes, which have been cleaned up but at the cost of some of their charm. There's not a lot of variety on Raiderstronomy, though "Straight from the Butchers" has an almost southern rock boogie vibe. Otherwise, what you hear at the beginning is what you'll be hearing at the end. Stylistically, there's a bit of Def Leppard, a bit of Saxon and a chunk of Thin Lizzy in Jameson Raid's sound. It isn't the greatest music to come out of early '80s Britain, but I'm going to guess that Jameson Raid was a quite entertaining bar and club band back in the day. If you dig the NWOBHM, especially the hard-rocking stuff and don't already have their music elsewhere, this is one you may want to add to the collection.
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