Mike Terrana

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Mike Terrana
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Background information
Born (1960-01-21) January 21, 1960 (age 59)
Buffalo, New York
  • Drummer
  • musician
  • songwriter
Years active1978–present
Associated acts

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 (where he now owns and runs a cattery).[2] He worked with the German bands Rage, Gamma Ray, Savage Circus, Axel Rudi Pell, Roland Grapow and Masterplan.[3] In 2016, Terrana joined Italian heavy metal band Vision Divine.[4] In 2017, Terrana also joined Spanish band Avalanch and Czech band Kreyson.[5][6]

In addition, Mike has his own three-piece hard rock band, "TERRANA", and a live musical project that combines classical and rock music with operatic vocals, "Beauty of the Beat", which started at the time he was playing with Finnish vocalist Tarja Turunen, with the name Beauty and the Beat.


Terrana is known for his powerful and technical drumming with many metal and rocks bands and for his exciting drum solos.


Terrana currently uses pdp drums, a sub brand of dw, Remo drumheads, Paiste cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks, with whom he has his own signature sticks. In the past he has also used Drum Craft drums and Meinl cymbals.


Terrana solo CDs
  • Shadows of the Past (1998)
  • Man of the World (2005)
  • Sinfonica (2011)
  • Into the Eye of the Storm (1996)
  • Phoenix Rising (1997)
  • Sacred Pathways (2001)
  • New Discovery (2002)
  • Future World (2004)
Axel Rudi Pell
  • El Ángel Caído 2017 (2017)
  • Hacia La Luz - Directo desde Madrid (2018)
Beau Nasty
  • Dirty But Well Dressed (1989)
Ferdy Doernberg
  • Storytellers Rain (2001)
  • Till I Run Out Of Road (2004)
  • A Relative Coexistence (2008)
  • Self-Inflicted (2001)
Emir Hot
  • Sevdah Metal (2008)
  • Chasing Shadows (2007)
Jean Fontanille
  • Unknown Parameter Value (2008)
Roland Grapow
  • Tales Of Ithiria (2008) (as narrator)
Hanover Fist
  • Hungry Eyes (1985)
Tony Hernando
  • The Shades Of Truth (2002)
  • Ill (2005)
  • TH III-Live! CD/DVD (2006)
  • "Actual Events" (2009)
  • Looking For Action (1988)
Kiko Loureiro
Marco Iacobini
Tony MacAlpine
Yngwie Malmsteen
  • Deadringer (2007)
Savage Circus
Damir Simic
  • The Quest (1998)
  • Live In Zagreb (2002)
  • Demomstratus (2004)
Stuart Smith
  • Heaven & Earth (1998)
  • Made For Eternity (2000)
  • Under The Cross (2002)
Taboo Voodoo
  • Somethin's Cookin' (2003)
Tarja Turunen
The Dogma
  • Black Roses (2006)
Tracy G
  • Deviating From The Set List (2003)
John West
  • Mind Journey (1997)
  • Zillion (2004)
Theodore Ziras
  • Superhuman (2008)
Kee Marcello
  • Judas Kiss (2013)
The Ferrymen
  • The Ferrymen (2017)
Other releases


Axel Rudi Pell
  • "From The Cradle To The Stage Live DVD" (2004)
  • "Full Moon In St. Petersburg Live DVD" (2007)
Tony Hernando
  • "Tony Hernando THIII Live DVD" (2006)
Tony MacAlpine
  • "Starlicks Master Session VHS" (1992)
  • "Live in L.A. DVD" (1997)
Yngwie Malmsteen
  • "Live at Budokan DVD" (1994)
Tarja Turunen
  • "Act I : Live in Rosario" (2012)
  • "Beauty and the Beat" (2014)
Terrana solo DVDs
  • Rhythm Beast Performance DVD (2007)[7]
  • Double Bass Mechanics DVD (1996)
  • Beginning Rock Drums DVD (1995)


  1. ^ "Hanover Fist on MusicMight". Musicmight.com. Archived from the original on 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  2. ^ Rouhana, Rami. "[Revealed] Who is Dream Theater's new drummer?".
  3. ^ "Savage circus line up completed - official website news". Savagecircus.de. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. ^ "Ladies and gentleman....our new drummer!". Vision Divine Facebook page. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Avalanch anuncia nueva formación y gira mundial". Avalanch Net. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "KREYSON Ládi Křížka má Terranu a Grapowa". Spark Rock Magazine. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Drummer MIKE TERRANA To Release 'The Rhythm Beast - In Session' DVD news". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-10-29.

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