Review by Sloof: Jameson Raid is another legend from NWOBHM era, but at the same time, I have the idea that a lot of headbangers won’t know this band. The original Jameson Raid called it a day in 1982, in a time that NWOBHM was just erupting from the UK. Bands like Tygers Of Pan Tang, Raven, Fist, Diamond Head, Praying Mantis scored much more success in the years to come and gained international fame. When Roxxcalibur, who recently recorded and released a third tribute to that era, recorded ‘Seven Days Of Splendour’, it was time to reunite and try it for a second time. Bands like Satan, Hell, Tank are famous again, so why shouldn’t they try to get a bit of recognition as well. Vocalist Terry Dark can be considered as the one and only original member of Jameson Raid, all the other musicians were gathered to get the band on the road again. The typical nasal voice of Terry is still present, and I guess that you will love or hate his vocal chords.
The material on ‘Uninvited Guests’ is sounding a bit dated, but that’s no problem as it all refers to the NWOBHM period, and although all things are already said and done, I liked the material on this album. In fact, we can consider this release as the official debut album as the band only released some EP’s and demos in the past. There was also a live registration of ‘Live At The O2 Academy’ and a compilation album, but ‘Uninvited Guests’ contains original material with a 2015 recording that makes a bridge to the mighty 80ies. Some of the songs have a Saxon sound, even a Biff sound and most of them are mid-tempo rockers that contain enough heaviness without having the intention to bring something new.
This is pure and honest music from a man that stood with both feed in the glorious era. Fans of Holocaust and Diamond Head will adore this album, people that weren’t born in those glory days might give it a try. https://www.facebook.com/JamesonRaid99/
My rating: 80 / 100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)