Review: Dead Horse Trauma – Life

Review: Dead Horse Trauma – Life

Eric Davidson – Vocals

Seth Peters – Guitar

Jayson Kempf – Guitar

Brian Carter – Touring Bass

Jason Handy – Drums

Don’t judge a band by its name” is rock and roll’s version of literature’s “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, that’s what I’ve been doing for the past several years with Dead Horse Trauma, the self-proclaimed 5 headed war machine out of Des Moines, Iowa. I assumed they were a death metal band, which…being an old guy is just too heavy for me.

Don’t get me wrong, LIFE is plenty heavy at times. The first track and first single Left Unsaid shows the versatility of the entire album. Meaningful lyrics mixed with melodic vocals, enhanced by screams and heavy riffs. Left Unsaid deals with addiction and the silence that comes along with the elephant in the room that no one talks about.

“They put the fun in dysfunctional”

I had a hard time choosing a favorite between track 6 and track 11. Track 6 In Viscera has a haunting feel to it as it describes a failed relationship in the lyrics “you’re everything but dead to me.” Track 11 The Family is one of the heavier songs, but it hooked me with the line “We put the fun in dysfunctional, and maybe we’re not ok.” As a person who embraces his weird side, I can definitely relate.

Luckily, reviewing albums forces me to listen to bands that I normally wouldn’t…like Dead Horse Trauma.

Track List

1 Left Unsaid – 8 of 10

2 Gasoline Dance – 7 of 10

3 TNT – 7 of 10

4 Resting In Pieces – 7 of 10

5 Always (Never) – 7 of 10

6 In Viscera – 9 of 10

7 Fugue State – 7 of 10

8 Deepest Sleep – 7 of 10

9 Love and War – 6 of 10

10 The Massacre – 6 of 10

11 The Family – 9 of 10

Overall Rating – 7/10


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