Review: Trauma

Trauma S/T Feral Ward

traumaHearing awesome bands from Portland, Oregon really makes me happy. Having seen Poison Idea dozens of times in their heyday, having stood around in basements watching the likes of War Machine and the Procrastinators, having watched Ian from Apt. 3G play his guitar behind his head (better than most people can play it hanging in front of them), I’ve had a lot of good times in that town. I’m always impressed at the quantity of awesome music that has come out of that town over the years. Trauma, I am happy to say, hold the banner high.

They came out with a demo in 2009 which can still be found floating around the interweb. It is well worth locating. This is raw, 1980s style thrash with unrelenting anger and attitude. Their self-titled 12”, which came out last year on Feral Ward is more of the same. They sound like a lot of bands that one could name, but to stick with the Portland theme, you might compare them to Final Warning. They roll a bit faster, and they sound slightly cleaner, but they rock incredibly hard in that same hardcore vein: guitars with a lot of midrange, occasional heel damping, but mostly just straightforward aggro with no quarter asked and none given.


One Response to “Review: Trauma”

  1. […] Portland punk as well. Until his untimely death in March, Final Warning vet Jeff Paul was fronting Trauma, one of the most promising and uncompromising up and coming acts in […]

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