Now, staying true to their classic sound, TRAUMA is back with a merciless new track, “The Rage”, produced by guitarist Joe Fraulob. The track will be featured on their upcoming third album. Listen here via Soundcloud, or stream the track via Spotify.
TRAUMA is also pleased to announce the welcome addition of Bay Area bass legend Greg Christian (ex-Testament) to the band’s line-up. “TRAUMA is thrilled to welcome Greg Christian to our band,” says the band in a statement. “His creative bass guitar work completes our music.”
“Having grown up in the Bay Area thrash scene, it’s a huge honor for me to play in TRAUMA,” adds Greg Christian. “After all, this was Cliff Burton’s (R.I.P.) band. Respect! Style-wise, for me, it’s a perfect fit and feels like I’m finally exactly where I’m supposed to be.”
With reverence for the past but eyes sharply focused on the future, TRAUMA entered 2017 preparing new material for what is certain to be a landmark third album, staying true to the signature sound that came before but with a very modern edge. Soaring melodies and fierce riffs collide in TRAUMA’s new songs – equal parts sharp, fierce, grandiose, and theatrical. Since their formation, they’ve assembled the strongest elements of seemingly disparate strains of metal, with passion and proficiency. Instantly familiar vocals and melodies merge with modern riffage in the TRAUMA of today – a band that stands renewed and reinvigorated with a new lineup of seasoned players functioning as a supergroup assemblage centered around a classic nucleus.
In addition to the new inclusion of Greg Christian, TRAUMA co-founder/vocalist Donny Hillier and longtime TRAUMA drummer Kris Gustofson put together a monstrous lineup of amazing players. Guitarist Joe Fraulob is a former member of multiplatinum hard rockers Danzig and Deconstruct. Steve Robello played guitar in Dublin Death Patrol – the Bay Area supergroup formed by the singers of Exodus and Testament – and was also formerly with the group Heist.
Stay tuned for more news on TRAUMA’s new album, coming soon.
TRAUMA was born in California’s Bay Area in 1980, a crucial year for metal music. It was within that fertile musical climate that TRAUMA developed a sound evoking the electric energy in the air around them. Donny Hillier consumed a steady diet of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and shared a love of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden with guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there was TRAUMA’s legendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.
Much like Metallica, TRAUMA’s first recorded appearance was as part of the compilation series curated by Metal Blade Records. Metal Massacre II (1982) featured “Such a Shame.” The band shot a video for the song “The Warlock” in Santa Ana, California, not long before Burton left the group to join Metallica. New members entered the fold, including powerhouse double kick drummer Gustofson. The highly-skilled-musicianship-centric Shrapnel Records, the label formed by record producer and Guitar Player columnist Mike Varney, issued Trauma’s debut. Scratch and Scream arrived to enthusiastically positive reviews from the worldwide metal press, including tastemaker publications Kerrang!, Circus, and Metal Forces.
As fate would have it, TRAUMA did not survive the era, but much like the Misfits and other important bands who accomplished so much in such a short time while flying under the radar, the story of the band grew for generations of fans; enough that demand continued for their seminal debut, the follow-up album, and the group’s first ever appearances overseas, most notably at Germany’s Headbangers Open Air.
Now, the Bay Area’s prodigal sons are back and ready as ever to attack.
Donny Hillier – Vocals
Steve Robello – Guitar
Joe Fraulob – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Kris Gustofson – Drums