|Interview by Burt Wolf with Artur "Chudy" Chudewniak, singer for TRAUMA.
Interview done on December 5th, 2005.
TRAUMA HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW. CAN YOU GIVE SOME OF THE
BANDS HISTORY UP TO NOW? HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER? WHY YOU CHANGED THE NAME
OF THE BAND?
We have been on stage since 1988 when we released our first two demos, "DEO OPTIMO MAXIMO" & "OUT
OF SANITY" as THANATOS. After that we recorded or next demo "INVISIBLE REALITY", which harvested
very good reviews in many famous magazines. In 1996 TRAUMA recorded our debut album "COMEDY IS
OVER", which was released on VOX MORTIIS RECORDS. Next year we got a deal with PAGAN RECORDS
& made for them albums 'DAIMONION" (1996), "SUFFOCATED IN SLUMBER" (2000) & live album "CRASH
TEST LIFE" (2001) - recorded on tour with VADER & DECAPITATED. In 2002 we signed a deal with
EMPIRE RECORDS & made for them "IMPERFECT LIKE A GOD" (2003) & new album
"DETERMINATION" (2005). We changed our name in 1992 cause, as you know, there was the same called
band in Netherlands. The Dutches had formed their THANATOS two years earlier.
WHY WAS THE NAME THANATOS ORIGINALLY CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME & WHY WAS
THE NAME TRAUMA CHOSEN AS THE NEW NAME?
THANATOS in Greek language means Death, so you will understand our choice, haha... Besides that word
"THANATOS" sounds very good for a Death Metal band. I think that they are really lucky from owning their
name, however I wouldn't change TRAUMA's name now!
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED INFLUENCE YOU IN MUSIC &
LIFE IN GENERAL?
I will not be original, so I can tell you that our first inspirations were bands like: BLACK SABBATH, SLAYER,
METALLICA, EXODUS, etc... Later in 1995 we were mainly inspired by Prog-Metal & Art Rock & of course
by more extreme kinds of music. You can find the result of our enchantment of "progressive" on our debut
album. Now we are inspired by many kinds of music, not only Death Metal. If I was asked to count out bands
names, I would never finish this interview. We are also searching of inspirations in movies, books, theater, etc.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST
DESCRIBE THE STYLE &
SOUND OF TRAUMA?
It's a difficult question.
TRAUMA is a Death Metal
band. There are many
opinions about our style:
technical, brutal but melodic,
climatic brutal Death Metal,
Death Metal precision. I
don't know how to define
our style. With details I'm
only sure that we're playing
pure Death Metal & I hope
that we will do it to the end.
YOUR CD "IMPERFECT LIKE A GOD" (THE ONLY ONE I HAVE) HAS BEEN OUT FOR SOME TIME
NOW. HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN DOING? WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN LIKE?
We were really satisfied with the response for "IMPERFECT...". There were many great reviews in Poland
magazines, radio stations, etc. In many of them "IMPERFECT..." was voted for best Polish Metal album in 2003.
Response from the rest of the world was amazing!!! People can't believe that we have been existing for over 17
years & they hadn't heard about us! Finally "IMPERFECT..." was very good rated in many zines & radios on the
world. I can tell great thanx for all who supported us & "IMPERFECT...".
THIS DISC WAS PUT OUT ON ADIPOCERE RECORDS. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP WITH
THEM? HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
ADIPOCERE RECORDS is well working, but still an underground label. I can compare it to Polish PAGAN
RECORDS which we cooperated with for years. They are honest labels, but their abilities aren't great.
ADIPOCERE RECORDS released "IMPERFECT..." on base of license deal with EMPIRE RECORDS. Finally
I can tell that we are satisfied from our cooperation with Frenchmans.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COVER ARTWORK A LITTLE BIT & WHO DID IT?
Cover artwork of "IMPERFECT..." was created by Jacek Wisniewski, main artist of EMPIRE RECORDS. He is
the author of cover arts for VADER, DECAPITATED, SINISTER, KRISIUN, MARDUK & many, many more
famous bands. Front cover is based on photo which I've seen in press. It was called "Lesson Of Anatomy" &
presents a dead body on section table in a morgue. We were enchanted by that picture & we wanted to buy it,
but it's price was too big. In my opinion the cover artwork of "IMPERFECT..." is an ideal complement with our
DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW MATERIAL AVAILABLE? ARE YOU STILL ON ADIPOCERE RECORDS?
Yeah! We're just after Polish release of our newest album "DETERMINATION"!!! First reviews are amazing!
It's said that it is a strong candidate to Metal album of the year, he he!! How we are very proud of new album.
Sorry, but I can't be objective, ha ha!!! I don't know who will release new album in Europe. I've got some
information about our license deal in the U.S., deal with new label is almost signed. Now I can't tell you any
details about it, but in days all will be clear!
CAN YOU GIVE A LITTLE INFORMATION ON YOUR PAST RELEASES & THEIR AVAILABILITY?
First two demos were a Thrash Metal recordings influenced by SLAYER. "INVISIBLE..." was our first shtick
Death Metal releases which made some rumour in underground in 1992. Our debut album "COMEDY IS OVER"
presented mix of our fascinations of Art Rock, Progressive Metal & Death Metal of course. Rest of releases
were a pure Death Metal records. I think that our first 4 albums are still available in PAGAN RECORDS in
Poland & in SYSTEM SHOCK in Europe. "IMPERFECT..." is distributed by EMPIRE in Poland, ADIPOCERE
in Europe & (probably) CRASH in U.S. About "DETERMINATION" I told earlier.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR SONG LYRICS?
All lyrics of TRAUMA are concentrated on human. It's about his fears, problems, diseases, failures. Mainly it is a
look for negative parts of being a human. As you probably seen lyrics on "IMPERFECT..." was created by
Lukasz Szurminski (Anarcha 93). He is an author of lyrics of VADER, DIES IRAE, etc. We are really satisfied
by his work.
HOW DO YOU FEEL TRAUMA HAS PROGRESSED OR IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS SINCE
YOUR FIRST RELEASES TO THE PRESENT?
However first demos was mainly Thrash recordings, TRAUMA was, is & will be based on pure Death Metal. By
all these years we have strongly improved our musician skills. Also we still try to create better music. Sound of
our newest albums is more powerful than previous. Music is evolution however is it still Death Metal. And finally
we are different people..
DOES TRAUMA PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED? WHO
ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
Yeah! Now we are after Polish part of tour with VITAL REMAINS, DISSENTER, RESURRECTURIS &
FORLORN LEGACY. These were the best gigs in my life! Earlier we had played many tours, for example with
VADER & DECAPITATED in 2001 in Poland. With KRABATHOR, MASTER & XENOMORPH in 1996
over Europe. With MONSTROSITY, VOMITORY, LOST SOUL, DISENTER in Poland 2002. With DIES
IRAE, SCEPTIC, SHADOWS LAND in Poland 2003. Also we had played on many festivals like Metalmania
(main stage with MORBID ANGEL, KRISIUN, TIAMAT, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, SOULFLY,
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US?
There were many funny situations on tours. For example in Warsaw we seen a Metal girl who came on gig with
her mother. They were going hand by hand & the mother was dressed like elegant woman, but her daughter had
a Hardcore/Metal uniform with corpse paint. That was really funny view. Rest of sins I don't remember, he he...
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST & WORST PART ABOUT BEING IN A BAND?
I think that there are more disadvantages than advantages of being in band TRAUMA. Disadvantages are:
problems in work: (tours, gigs), you have to invest in instruments & other..., you got no money for your work,
at last you got problems with family. Advantages are: creating music, playing gigs, meeting new people & many
different things, he he.
WHO DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS,
LABELS, ZINES, ETC IN POLAND?
There are a lot of good bands in Poland like: VADER,
DECAPITATED, BEHEMOTH, DISSENTER, SCEPTID,
VESANIA, FRONTSIDE, DEMISE, HERMH, DEAD
INFECTION, INFERNAL WAR, DISHED, HELLBORN,
DAMNATION, AZARATH, THORNEUM, INFATUATION OF DEATH, MASTABAH (my second band!),
NEOLITH, ENTER CHAOS, SQUASH BOWELS, SPINAL CORD, TOXIC BONKERS, LOST SOUL,
ESQARIEL, etc... From Zines I can recommend: MASTERFUL, NECROSCORE, THRASH'EM ALL, 7
GATES, MEGASIN, HERETYK, METALHEART, MULTUM IN PARWO, SADISTIC, MESSERSHMITT,
FUCKIN' BITCH, etc. Also we got some good labels in Poland like: EMPIRE RECORDS, SELFMADEGOD
RECORDS, CONQUER RECORDS, METALRULZ PROD. CO, as you cans see, our scene is really strong.
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE POLISH SCENE TO THE SCENE HERE IN THE U.S.?
I think that main difference are abilities of both scenes. There are the same differences like between USA &
Poland. We got the same fantastic Metal maniax totally involved in playing, creating zines, radio DJ's. But their
financial abilities to push this Metalish up are worse. In music topic I think that we got more vicious bands in
Polish scene, but U.S. Metal scene is more technical. And finally Americans are more optimistic than Poles.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT LIFE IN POLAND?
I can write a "Bible Of Polish Misconceptions", ha ha! Poland is a very sick country. Now we got new "holy"
government. All of ministers are Catholic hypocrites. In every town there are monuments, buildings or roads
called with pope's name. Day by day we got new affairs with corruption in office. I can unlimitedly continue...
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I don't know what think will surprise potential listeners of our music. Maybe sound of our albums, musician
skills, intelligent lyrics? Maybe fact that in Poland you can record a good album too? I really don't know...or
maybe I am too modest, ha ha!?
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF TRAUMA DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
JOBS? HOBBIES? ETC?
It's hard to say, but two of us are unemployed. Marty is worker in fabric & Mister has got shop with car thing.
Our hobbies are movies, books, whole art, history (Marty collects all stuff from WWII) and of course music.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO?
Yeah! All of us plays besides TRAUMA in other bands. Mister & Marty got their LAFAYN. His is Heavy/Hard
Rock - nice stuff!!! Firana plays also in MISTRUST (Heavy/Thrash) & HORMONOGRAM (Rock). Filip (our
new guitarist) has his solo project DESOLATION, where plays Death Metal too. I've got also brutal Death Metal
band MASTABAH. I play here with guys of AZARATH, DAMNATION, DARK LEGION & BISCLAVERET.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS: SEX, DRUGS, RACISM, RELIGION,
POLITICS, MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Sex is a fantastic thing! I can't imagine life with out it! I can't write some more cause my girlfriend can run it.
Drugs: I like smoke sometimes, but I don't use any hard drugs. I think that this shit drives people into madness &
turns them into weak slaves. Racism: stupid & senseless ideology for xenophobes! I don't understand how
people may believe in that shit! We don't support stupidity! Religion: the same shit!!! That's for weak &
masochistic cowards who want to be controlled! Politics: plague of our world! I told you about these
motherfucker's earlier. Thief's, hypocrites, bandits... Music Industry: look around. Everything is ruled by money.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM TRAUMA?
In July 2005 we created our new album "DETERMINATION". New material was recorded in the same Heartz
Studio in Bialystok & produced by Wieslawscy brothers. If you like "IMPERFECT LIKE..." you'll not be
disappointed by "DETERMINATION". New album sounds really heavier & is really fresh. We're still waiting for
last details about our U.S. label deal. You can also expect from us crushing gigs in your country, but I can't tell
you now any dates.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S
Before this interview I worked & now I will fall asleep cause I'm fuckin tired.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS INTERVIEW. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO
ADD ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO CLOSE OUT.
Thanx Burt for your support & patience!!! Also thanx for all who supported us all these years & believe in us!!
You are great! I hope that we will meet you on gigs in USA! And finally: give a chance for "DETERMINATION"
& "IMPERFECT...", you will not be disappointed! Stay Traumaed!