"El Pistolero" will show that Tracer are different from any other band, announces singer and guitarist Michael Brown. Well, unlike any other band, is of course exaggerated. Nevertheless, this pithy statement is a declaration of war and tracers actually go into battle, which is called: pass and stand out in the big shark tank of hard rock. "El Pistolero", the second album of the Australian power trio, is indeed a pound that is powerful in itself: rich riffs sound even more necessary, even with the first second of the opener and title track. The groove in "Dirty Little Secret" is excellent, as is the guitar solo in this song. And so it goes on. Producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Slayer), who also sat at the mixing desk, is a guarantor for the constant quality of the 13 songs. "Santa Cecilia" sneaks into your ear with his Champions League chorus. But the album title is misleading: This is classic, technically convincing hard rock. El Pistolero has hardly anything to do with Mexicana or Mariachi.
Top track: Santa Cecilia