Trauma (band)

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Trauma in 2013
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Power metal, thrash metal
Years active 1981–1985, 2011–present
Labels Shrapnel Records, Metal Blade, Pure Steel Records
Associated acts Metallica, St. Elmo's Fire, Moon Dog Mane, Black Sunday Dream, Mechanizm
Past members Cliff Burton (bass)
Donny Hillier (vocals)
Michael Overton (rhythm guitar)
Ross Alexander (lead guitar)
Dennis Schaefer (drums)
George Lady (lead guitar)
Lucas Advicula (bass)
Kurt Fry guitars, Steve Robello guitars and Marcel Eaton bass

Trauma is an American heavy metal band. It was known as being the band of bassist Cliff Burton, before he left them to join Metallica. Their music is comparable to that of Iron Maiden and Montrose with faster tempos, which is shown in the tracks "The Day All Hell Broke Loose" and "Lay Low" from their debut album. Kris Gustofson went on to play in numerous other bands, most notably St. Elmo's Fire. Michael Overton did an interview with Joel McIver for his book To Live Is to Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton. In 2014, the band signed a world-wide contract with German record label, Pure Steel Records and also with Red Lion music for European bookings. Their new album, "Rapture and Wrath" was released on February 27, 2015 making their first album in 31 years since "Scratch and Scream released in 1984. Trauma played select dates in Germany and appeared at Headbangers Open Air in Germany The band released a video of one of the new songs, "When I Die", in February 2015. Trauma is currently writing new material for a new album currently un titled.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Donny Hillier – vocals
  • Marcel Eaton – bass
  • Kris Gustofson – drums
  • Joe Fraulob - Guitars
  • Steve Robello - Guitars

Former members[edit]

  • Cliff Burton – bass
  • Michael Overton – guitars
  • Ross Alexander - guitars
  • George Lady – guitars
  • Lucas Advicula – bass
  • Dennis Schaefer – drums
  • Steve Quartarola - drums
  • Dan Cunningham - drums
  • Adam Alvarez - Bass


  • Scratch and Scream (1984)
  • Rapture and Wrath (2015)


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