Reviews roundup – Jameson Raid vs. Dreamslave vs. Close Quarters

JAMESON RAID Uninvited GuestsJAMESON RAID
Uninvited Guests
independent

Jameson Raid!  That takes me back to being a boy, scouring the small ads in Sounds and Kerrang! (before it became Kerrap!).  One of the lesser lights of the NWOBHM, they still managed to sneak on to “Metal For Muthas II” as The Raid), so became a “name” for a brief period of time.

Like some others, they’d be on the go a while, in a more hard rock vein, but some judicious studded wristbands got them noticed. Regardless, it wasn’t to be, but they reformed in 2008 to some acclaim.  However, nowadays, only vocalist Terry Dark is left from the classic days, and subsequent to this album, the whole band (apart from him) left and, henceforth, they will be known as Terry Dark’s Jameson Raid.  It’s just like the old days when bands changed lineup every week!

Technically, this is their debut album, and it’s actually rather good.  For sure, there are nods back to the glory days of 1980 but most of the material falls into the crossover between trad British metal and hard rock.  Which suits me fine.  There are some excellent songs, with ‘Mr Sunset’ and ‘Red Moon’ real highlights.  But with double kick drums, twin guitar lines and a song called ‘Metal People’ any fan of eighties British metal should snap this up.

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DREAMSLAVE Rest In PhantasyDREAMSLAVE
Rest In Phantasy
independent

Off to France now, to meet up with as female fronted orchestral metal band.  Oh, yes, even the French are doing this now.

Elegy Emma is the young lady in question, although I suspect that may not be her real name.  There are also the requisite growls from Peter Gothilainen, and it’s plain to see that they are following on from the big names of the genre, ticking all the boxes you need for this kind of thing.

But they are good at it, because they can actually write songs, and numbers like ‘Masquerade’ , ‘Doomsday’ and ‘Pirate’s Anthem’ really do sound good.  Fans of symphonic metal should give it a listen, and if female fronted metal is your thing, then it really is required listening.

http://www.dreamslave.net/en/

CLOSE QUARTERS Always Alot, Never LittleCLOSE QUARTERS
Always Alot, Never Little
Fassberg & Osterlind

Blimey, this is obviously a day where people are trying to remind me of my youth as the second album from Close Quarters dropped through the letterbox.  Because for someone who grew up with the London Queerboys, the Dogs D’Amour and the Tattooed Love Boys, this is like coming home.

Apparently, they are from a toty wee Sweish town called Vadstena where, one assumes, they must have stood out like a sore thumb.  They’ve had a couple of line up changes since their 2011 debut, “We Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll”, and it seems to have worked, because this is a corker.

They’ve even roped in a song co-written by Backyard Babies frontman Nicke Borg, and guest appearances from the aforementioned Quireboy Spike and Bonafide’s Pontus Snibb.  Not that it needs them, because it would stand proudly a top some great sleaze / glam metal.

You can hear all the band above, some Guns ‘n’ Roses, a dose of Faster Pussycat and plenty of LA eighties sleaze, alongside the more ramshackle UK variety.  The best for me are ‘Crazy World’ and ‘Broken Wings’, both of which are oddly familiar.  But we’ll leave that to the copyright lawyers.   Regardless, though, it’s a fun ride from start to finish.

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