Oct 7, 2011
Tracer - Spaces In Between ...
There might be bands who decide to drop the style, others who don't do it as well as they used to but my heart and ears always know that I will never be left without at least a good number of band that know how to deliver Heavy Rock that loves the fuzz, and loves the riff. Tracer is one of those bands. If some of the latest releases by the Small Stone rooster bands, like Freedom Hawk or Ironweed, sort of disappointed you for one reason or the other, this album will make you feel like everything's alright in the world. The band is a trio, hailing from Australia, and their sounds has all the magic ingredients to conquer the heart of any Retro-Hard Rock lover, like me: tasty licks influenced by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Sabbath, ZZ Top and all but also an eye towards the more modern Riff rock sounds of Unida, early Soundgarden Queens Of The Stone Age.
The driving guitars, the super muscular riffing, the pulsating rhythmic session, meet some fantastic throaty/bluesy vocals, delivered in that testosterone with range way that I love, are all there. But what really makes me fall in love with this album is the incredible catchiness of the tunes. Songs like “Devil Ride” or “Dead Inside” have a sheer power to their sound, strong and fist pumping enough to appeal to the rocker but also have some incredible refrains that stick in the head and raise the heartbeat. This is an album, you want to put on at a party to show your friends how exalting Heavy rock can be, or play extremely loud while driving. It hits the right spot, showing off gems of cocky, powerful bravado pieces like the great “The Bitch”, a song that would fit well in an ideal spot between “Badmotorfinger” and “Rated R”. Just listen to the bouncy riff and the gutsy vocal delivery. Shiny. Love it. Love it. Love it......8/10
Words: Andreas Contanzo
Tracer @ Myspace