TRAUMA – performed with Metal Allegiance at NAMM. Video footages available

California’s heavy metal masters TRAUMA recently performed with METAL ALLEGIANCE — the all-star collective anchored by Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Mark Menghi – at NAMM.

TRAUMA’s drummer Kris Gustofson comments: “Trauma was delighted to be a part of the Metal Allegiance show during the Namm show at the House of Blues in Anaheim. The show was fantastic. Metal Allegiance is a band featuring many metal legendary musicians. We are very proud to have been a part of the event!”.

Fan-filmed video footages of the performance can be seen below:

Last year TRAUMA released their comeback album entitled “As The World Dies” via Pure Steel Records.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Savage’ here:

Buy “As The World Dies” on CD or LP here:

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 Zeppelin and Sabbath and shared a love of Priest and Maiden with guitarist Mike Overton. And of course there was Trauma’s legendary early bassist, Cliff Burton.

This is the band responsible for the much sought after classic ‘80s album, Scratch and Scream, 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 its 2015 follow-up, Rapture and Wrath.

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.


Donny Hillier – Vocals

Steve Robello – Guitar

Joe Fraulob – Guitar

Greg Christian – Bass

Kris Gustofson – Drums