“Jeff Jones onboard is going help us by adding some new dimensions to our sound and overall vibe” ~ Kris Gustofson
Legendary Bay Area Metal Band TRAUMA announced this week that guitarist Jeff Jones (founding member of the metal rock act “ST. ELMO’S FIRE”) as the new replacement for axe wielding guitar player Kurt Fry. The departure of the thrash metallier was due to the guitarist wanting to peruse other musical interest.
TRAUMA is known to quite a few Heavy Metal-enthusiasts out there for their contribution to the “Metal Massacre”-sampler and the release of their 1984 debut album “Scratch And Scream” which was remastered and re-released last year with Shrapnel Records. Now, after three decades, the band from California have decided to give it another go with their latest release “Rapture And Wrath” to include a SOLD OUT limited edition of 200 black copies with printed insert on vinyl through Pure Steel Records. “TRAUMA has returned to deliver more face-melting Heavy Metal unto the hungry masses and having Jeff Jones onboard is going help us by adding some new dimensions to our sound and overall vibe” says drummer and co-founder Kris Gustofson. In addition, Kris goes on to say that he and Jeff have been friends for many many years and laments that “recent rehearsals have been sounding awesome!!!! So, with that being said, he is our new guy in the band as of this week. He is an awesome guitarist and songwriter too”…
On the band’s New Album, It’s all there: The powerful and charismatic high-pitched vocals of Donny Hillier, which can be described as a cross between Geoff Tate and Bruce Dickinson, the hard rockin’ guitars and many exciting melodic passages. This album has everything you need, satisfaction guaranteed! On “Rapture And Wrath“, groove, anthemic melodies and catchy hooklines go hand in hand. Combine that with a clean, crisp production and you got yourself a hell of a good time.
Trauma’s “Scratch and Scream” recording in its entirety has been added to Spotify and added to Pandora. The station is TRAUMA Radio
Currently, Jones has joined TRAUMA and is working on new material for a upcoming album and tour.