This Friday’s Guest DJ: TRAUMA

Trauma Band Photo 2022

“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.”

Many into music recognize Trauma 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 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 a different lineup reemerged in support of a re-mastered edition of their debut and delivered its 2015 follow-up, Rapture And Wrath.” Now seven years later and the band is still going strong with a new full-length album in 2022!

This week’s Guest DJ Show features founding member, and drummer, Kris Gustofson of Trauma who will play ten of his favorite Classic Metal tracks. After his playlist, we’ll spin a handful of tracks from Trauma’s latest full-length release, Awakening.

The Friday Guest DJ Hour Show airs at the following times:

15:00 and 21:00 Central Europe
10:00 am and 4:00 pm US East Coast
7:00 am and 1:00 pm US West Coast

Find ways to tune in here.

While you wait check out the official video for “Death Of The Angel” taken from Trauma’s latest album, Awakening.


  • Scott Jeslis

    Scott is one of the partners at Metal Express Radio. He handles a lot of Metal Express Radio's public relations, screening of new music and radio scheduling. On occasion, he also does reviews and interviews. He has been a proud member of the Metal Express Radio crew since 2004.

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