The heavy metal band OR8 is from Chicago, IL, has just released their second album IN TRAUMA. They start off the album with the title song IN TRAUMA, all instrumentals to invite you to the rest of the album. RICHIE BARNES vocals took me by surprise, it is not too often that you hear more softer vocals from a heavy metal band, I feel like he would be good in a hair band from the 80’s, but he makes it work for this band. When CHASING DREAMS came on, I thought that I would get a better vibe of thrasher music that the website promised, but UNISON actually does that for you, the guitars from AL VEOLUS and MACK DUFF are strong and melodic. As I was listening to the album, I was trying to figure out what was sounding different to me and realized that it is SKABBS drumming and his snare drum, it stands out in each song, I’ll let you be the judge if it is production or just the style for this Chicago band. OR8 picks up the beat in THOSE LEGS, bringing in an 80’s vibe for the album. The boys finish IN TRAUMA with a cover song from THE BEATLES, DRIVE MY CAR, it is a unique approach to the song and actually isn’t bad, kind of catchy. Give it a listen, you may be surprised and really like them.