Trauma is one of the most experienced Polish death metal formations. It started to function at the end of the 80s as THANATOS. There are two taped demo recordings from that period thanks to which this band from Elblg had been mentioned more and more often as one of the team leaders of a native underground scene. In spring 1992 a decision was made to change the name of the band which from then on is called TRAUMA. In May in the Polish radio station in Olsztyn a material INVISIBLE REALITY was recorded. It came onto market in June 1993 owing to LOUD OUT rec./ MORBID NOIZZ prod. evoking very positive and enthusiastic response in underground, official magazines as well as among fans.
It was not until October 1995 that gave the release of further ideas when TRAUMA recorded in SL studio in Gdansk its first debut album COMEDY IS OVER. The material was released in Autumn 1996 by VOX MORTIS rec. exclusively on tape. Despite extraordinary music contents, the record company didnt guarantee even the most basic promotion and distribution of the recording.
The outcome of the next recording session held in October 1997 in SELANI studio in Olsztyn was a mini-album DAIMONION, which resulted in signing a contract with PAGAN rec. The co-operation was followed by CD release DAIMONION featured by remastered works from INVISIBLE REALITY. In the meantime TRAUMA came back to playing successful concerts all around the country.
In spring 2000 the band entered HERTZ studio in Bialystok and recorded the second album SUFFOCATED IN SLUMBER. By the end of September the CD came onto shops. At the same time, also owing to PAGAN rec. there was another release of the debut album COMEDY IS OVER available in a new visual setting and for the first time in a CD format.
SUFFOCATED IN SLUMBER was a real milestone in the band career. In March 2001 SYSTEM SHOCK company made it possible for the CD to reach European market. In the same month TRAUMA went on tour with DECAPITATED and VADER performing in REIGN FOREVER WORLD TOUR and visiting the major Polish cities. During these exciting concerts, a live material was recorded under the name of CRASH TEST: LIVE. The premiere took place in November the same year, again owing to PAGAN rec.
In January 2002 TRAUMA went on EXPRESSION OF HORROR TOUR in the company of DEVILYN and MISTERIA. A run of good luck was going on and in April the band went to play its first foreign concerts for SYSTEM SHOCK OVER EUROPE TOUR PART TWO with MASTER, KRABATHOR and XENOMORPH. The tour was held almost in all Germany and Holland and was enthusiastically welcomed by the fans. Soon after its return from the tour, the band started working on a new album. In October 2002 TRAUMA was invited for the next edition of TRASHEM ALL FESTIVAL, this time sharing the stage with MONSTROSITY, VOMITORY, LOST SOUL, SCEPTIC, DISSENTER and CONTEMPT. After the concerts the band was totally focused on the successor of SUFFOCATED IN SLUMBER.
With the beginning of 2003, the band resigned from the PAGAN rec. which for five years it had been connected with. In February a new contract was signed with EMPIRE rec. Soon after the band recorded in HERTZ studio its newest album IMPERFECT LIKE GOD.
On 13 March 2004 TRAUMA took part in the 18th edition of the METALMANIA festival which was traditionally held in Spodek in Katowice. The band gave its performance on a large stage next to SOULFLY, MORBID ANGEL, KRISIUN, ENSLAVED, TIAMAT, MOONSPELL and many more. At the same time TRAUMA played a series of concerts promoting its album all around Poland.
In spring 2004, thanks to French ADIPOCERE record company, IMPERFECT LIKE GOD officially got into European market and received favourable reviews in professional press.
In June TRAUMA went to play promoting IMPERFECT LIKE GOD concerts together with DIES IIRAE, SCEPTIC and SHADOWS on EMPIRE INVASION TOUR.
In Autumn, the band played its last concerts for the promotion of IMPERFECT LIKE GOD . At the turn of 2004 and 2005 the band decided not to play any concerts. The reason being that, the band concentrated on a new album release. The DETERMINATION recording took place in May and June 2005 again in Hertz studio.
The album was released on 25th August, thanks to EMPIRE rec. and as the previous album it joined TRASH’EM ALL.