Mike Terrana | Shadows of the Past

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Shadows of the Past

by Mike Terrana

world class drummer with guests such as Steve Lukather and Kevin Chown
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pleasure Cube
5:32 album only
2. Anteres
4:00 album only
3. Samantha
4:39 album only
4. Press One For English
5:54 album only
5. More Coffee
3:28 album only
6. Shadows of the Past
5:31 album only
7. Rio
4:10 album only
8. Internal Affair
5:19 album only
9. Communication
11:33 album only


Album Notes
Drummer Mike Terrana on Shadows Of The Past, his solo CD, "This CD commemorates the 30th Anniversary of my drumming career! I wanted to make a drum oriented CD, but I didn't want it to be a boring self-indulgent collection of drum solos. I felt it was important to show people another side of my playing style. The melodies and the arrangements of the songs were just as important as the grooves that propel them." To achieve this, Terrana enlisted the help of super bassist Kevin Chown, who co-produced, played bass, and recorded and mixed the album. The CD also features a number of guest guitarists, included Steve Lukather (solo guitar on "Pleasure Cube" and "Press One For English"), George Burnhart ("Samantha"), Brian Lord ("Press One For English", "Shadows Of The Past", "Rio")and Paul Kramer ("Internal Affair"). Oh, and not to disappoint his drum fans, Terrana added an almost 12 minute drum solo at the end ("Communication") recorded in Holland on his most recent tour of Europe, and which truly captures the primal energy, spirit and sole of his drumming.



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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Mike Terrana - Shadows of the Past
Do you know that man? No? Oh, no problem, haha! I realize that novices sometimes can visit Department of Virtuosity and it's necessary to look up to them and write a few words about even most popular bands and artists.

An American drummer started a musical adventure in his parents' basement. When he moved to Germany, he trained playing in a bunker. Currently, he is one of most esteemed drummer in hard'n'heavy world. Luckily, he wasn't discouraged by his dad's critique and didn't lose a zeal to hard training. His name is associated with such bands and artists like: Zillion, Hanover Fist, Kuni, Beau Nasty, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen, Roland Grapow, Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell, Rage, Taboo Voodoo, Artension, Squealer, Metalium and lately Masterplan. I guess that it isn't a complete list of the bands, but a poor substitute for them, haha.

Mike hit upon an idea to record his solo material on the occassion of the thirtieth anniversary of his artistic activity. To be more interesting, he gave up had rock and metal music in jazz's and fusion's favour. What did his plans work out from? Pretty good musical gem! His music is unusually soothing and relaxing. Our ears are riveted not only on Terrana's drumming, but also on Dave Reinstien's charmingly spinning saxophone, Steve Lukather's rich sounding guitar and Company's, and Kevin Chown's pulsating bass guitar. Steve is most famous for his playing in Toto, however Kevin is Mike's colleague from Artension. At the end of CD, Mike prepared "Communion", that is over ten-minute show of drumming art (especially valuable for practicing percussionists). The rest can regard it as an interesting fact, haha. Mike Sandomirsky of Canadian website "Guitar Mania" described Terrana as a "drum killer", so it is to Mike's credit ofc course.

I am very pleased that hard rock and metal musicians more often participate in different-genred ventures. Thereby they provide that withdrawing into tightly defined confines of music styles can seem to be destructive for them. I think that no one should steadily "torment" the same stuff, because it can direct an artist to burning out. A musician's professionalism also stems from his versatility and the courage to take new challenges. Mr. Terrana has provided for a long while that he is a professional of Musical Premier League. I remember that I was beaming after the first listening. If you want to have a vigour and feel the cheerfulness, you have no other choice, but to play that disc!