Interview With The Legendary Kris Gustofson Of Bay Area Thrash Metal Band “Trauma”

TRAUMA is highly revered by those in the know as an important evolutionary entity in the intersection of traditional heavy metal, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and the more melodically minded classic rock influenced bands on the Sunset Strip. This is one of the first thrash metal bands – responsible for the much sought after classic ‘80s album, ‘Scratch and Scream’ in 1984 (reissued in 2013) featuring killer cuts like “The Day All Hell Broke Loose” and “Lay Low.” Three decades passed before the reconfigured band reemerged in support of a re-mastered edition of their debut and delivered ‘Rapture and Wrath’ in 2015, ‘As the World Dies’ in 2018, and ‘Awakening’ in 2022. Soaring melodies and fierce riffs collide in songs that are 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.

Awakening is the brand new album from Trauma, The musical awesomeness, the power and energy has taken a new level through this one, and Kris the legend and most awesome mate from Trauma came on Metalheads Forever Magazine to talk on the new album and the history of decades. Check out the awesome Interview on the below YouTube.


1. Walk Away

2. Death of the Angels

3. Meat

4. River Red

5. Burn

6. Falling down

7. Voodoo

8. End of everything

9. Blind

10. Death Machine

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The Band

Brian Allen – Vocals
Joe Fraulob – Guitars
Steve Robello – Guitars
Kris Gustofson – Drums
Greg Christian – Bass

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