Mike Terrana

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Mike Terrana
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Background information
Born (1960-01-21) January 21, 1960 (age 56)
Buffalo, New York
Genres Instrumental rock, power metal, neoclassical metal, heavy metal, progressive metal, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Drummer, musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Axel Rudi Pell
Tarja Turunen
Yngwie Malmsteen
Kiko Loureiro
Roland Grapow
Savage Circus
Tony Macalpine
Vision Divine
Website www.terrana.com
Notable instruments
DrumCraft, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Trick BassDrum Pedals, Evans Drum Heads

Mike Terrana (January 21, 1960) is an American hard rock and heavy metal drummer. His first professional work was in 1984 with the MCA band Hanover Fist from Toronto,[1] after which he recorded and toured with other bands, playing many styles of music in Western New York state. Between 1987 and 1997, he was based in Los Angeles and worked with various virtuoso guitarists, including Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Steve Lukather, and bands like Kuni and Beau Nasty.

In 1997 Terrana moved to Europe, first in the Netherlands for six months and then Germany.[2] He worked with the German bands Rage, Gamma Ray, Savage Circus, Axel Rudi Pell, Roland Grapow and Masterplan.[3] Nowadays he lives in Italy and in 2016, joined Italian heavy metal band Vision Divine.[4]

Mike has played with many popular groups and toured the world. Mike is currently one of the top drummers in the business and he is currently touring with his own 3 piece Rock Band "TERRANA".

Terrana is also engaged in projects in the instrumental fusion genre and performs drum clinics around the world for DrumCraft and Paiste cymbals.


Terrana is well known and admired for his fast and furious drumming, which includes rapid solos. He is also a heavy user of accent drums and cymbals like gong drums and splashes, adding to his sound. When playing he often prefers to play mixtures of rapid beats on bass drums complimented by fast beats alternating between the toms and snare.


Terrana endorses Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP) a division of DW Drums. He also endorses Evans drum heads and Vic Firth drum sticks, with whom he has his own signature pair of sticks designed to his specifications, which are well favored among the drumming community. He is now also endorsing Paiste cymbals (all cymbals in custom white colorsound):

  • 14" Signature sound edge hi-hats
  • 10" 2002 splash
  • 10" 2002 splash/5.5" 2002 cup chime (stacked)
  • 8" 2002 splash/5" 2002 cup chime (stacked, x2)
  • 17" Signature full crash
  • 12" Signature flanger bell/5" 2002 cup chime (stacked)
  • 8" Signature splash/5" 2002 cup chime stacked)
  • 18" Signature full crash
  • 19" Signature full crash
  • 19" 2002 wild china (x2)
  • 16" Signature thin china/14" Signature sound edge hi-hat top (stacked)
  • 20" Signature full ride



  • Into The Eye Of The Storm (1996)
  • Phoenix Rising (1997)
  • Sacred Pathways (2001)
  • New Discovery (2002)
  • Future World (2004)

Axel Rudi Pell[edit]

Beau Nasty[edit]

  • Dirty But Well Dressed (1989)

Ferdy Doernberg[edit]

  • Storytellers Rain (2001)
  • Till I Run Out Of Road (2004)


  • A Relative Coexistence (2008)


  • Self-Inflicted (2001)

Emir Hot[edit]

  • Sevdah Metal (2008)


  • Chasing Shadows (2007)

Jean Fontanille[edit]

  • Unknown Parameter Value (2008)

Roland Grapow[edit]


  • Tales Of Ithiria (2008) (as narrator)

Hanover Fist[edit]

  • Hungry Eyes (1985)

Tony Hernando[edit]

  • The Shades Of Truth (2002)
  • Ill (2005)
  • TH III-Live! CD/DVD (2006)
  • "Actual Events" (2009)


  • Looking For Action (1988)

Kiko Loureiro[edit]

Marco Iacobini[edit]

Tony MacAlpine[edit]

Yngwie Malmsteen[edit]




  • Deadringer (2007)


Savage Circus[edit]

Damir Simic[edit]

  • The Quest (1998)
  • Live In Zagreb (2002)
  • Demomstratus (2004)

Stuart Smith[edit]

  • Heaven & Earth (1998)


  • Made For Eternity (2000)
  • Under The Cross (2002)

Taboo Voodoo[edit]

  • Somethin's Cookin' (2003)

Tarja Turunen[edit]

  • What Lies Beneath (2010)
  • Act 1 (2012)
  • Colours in the Dark (2013)
  • Beauty and the Beat (2014)
  • Luna Park Ride (2015)
  • The Brightest Void / The Shadow Self (2016)

The Dogma[edit]

  • Black Roses (2006)

Tracy G[edit]

  • Deviating From The Set List (2003)

John West[edit]

  • Mind Journey (1997)


  • Zillion (2004)

Theodore Ziras[edit]

  • Superhuman (2008)

Kee Marcello[edit]

  • Judas Kiss (2013)

Terrana solo CDs[edit]

  • Shadows Of The Past (1998)
  • Man Of The World (2005)
  • Sinfonica (2011)

Other releases[edit]


Axel Rudi Pell[edit]


  • "From The Cradle To The Stage Live DVD" (2004)
  • "Full Moon In St. Petersburg Live DVD" (2007)

Tony Hernando[edit]

  • "Tony Hernando THIII Live DVD" (2006)

Tony MacAlpine[edit]

  • "Starlicks Master Session VHS" (1992)
  • "Live in L.A. DVD" (1997)

Yngwie Malmsteen[edit]

  • "Live at Budokan DVD" (1994)

Tarja Turunen[edit]

  • "Act I : Live in Rosario" (2012)
  • "Beauty and the Beat" (2014)

Terrana solo DVDs[edit]

  • “Rhythm Beast Performance DVD” (2007)[5]
  • "Double Bass Mechanics DVD" (1996)
  • "Beginning Rock Drums DVD" (1995)


  1. ^ "Hanover Fist on MusicMight". Musicmight.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.lebmetal.com/2010/10/who-is-dream-theater-new-drummer/
  3. ^ "Savage circus line up completed - official website news". Savagecircus.de. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Ladies and gentleman....our new drummer!". Vision Divine Facebook page. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Drummer MIKE TERRANA To Release 'The Rhythm Beast - In Session' DVD news". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 

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