Meet the Shredders of Metal Season 2 Finalists

MIKE NASSO was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario and plays in a metal band called Plethora.

TAYLOR WROBLEWSKI is the lead guitarist for Kitchener’s Cathartic Demise and has toured Canada with his previous band Æpoch. Growing up in a musical family, his guitar influences include Dimebag Darrel, Muhammed Suicmez, Chuck Schuldiner and Vogg Kieltyka. His latest release is Cathartic Demise’s self-titled EP.

NIK NOCTURNAL is a YouTuber and independent solo artist from Toronto. He became obsessed with guitar at age 10 after hearing bands like Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold and As I Lay Dying, and playing Guitar Hero. Many years later, he’s self-produced and released four metal albums, including Infinite Void, Calamity, The Well and Undying Shadow.

ADAM PELL lives in Ottawa where he plays lead guitar and sings for Death Metal band Accursed Spawn, who released their first full-length album The Virulent Host this year. A multi-instrumentalist, he also plays bass and drums and counts among his influences guitarists James Murphy, Marty Friedman, Vinnie Moore as well as film scores and 8-16 bit video games.

RIC GALVEZ lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He picked up guitar at age 12 and has been performing in bands since 2011. He currently plays with Toronto’s extreme metal band Astaroth Incarnate, whose latest release, Omnipotence: The Infinite Darkness, came out in 2017. You may also recognize Ric from Shredders Of Metal Season 1 — he’s back for redemption!

NICK MILLER is a guitarist from Ottawa, Ontario with a Bachelor of Music from Carleton University, who started playing at age 10 and joined his first band at 16. He has performed and toured as lead guitar, second guitar, and bass with metal bands in a variety of genres including Erimha, Crimson Shadows, First Fragment, Drillpoint, Obduracy and Sonburst and currently plays in tech death band Killitorous.

JT HARRIS is from Toronto, where he plays in Heavens Fire and a mighty list of bands including Southern Cross, Jade and Decibels of DIO. He taught himself guitar at age 16 and has been recording on and off since 1992. His influences include Jake E Lee, George Lynch, Criss Oliva, John Sykes, John Petrucci, and Eddie Van Halen. His latest release is 2017’s Playing With Fire.

MATT CUTHBERTSON is lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist and vocalist for Saskatoon Thrash/Death Metal band Untimely Demise and also plays in Progressive Death Metal band Into Eternity. He apprenticed under former Megadeth/Testament/King Diamond guitar virtuoso Glen Drover and has been playing live for 20 years. A full time guitar and bass instructor, in 2019, he appears on no less than four albums: UD’s No Promise Of Tomorrow, Into Eternity’s The Sirens, Glen Drover’s Walls Of Blood and Generichrist’s Rotting In The Swamp.