Meet the Shredders of Metal Season 3 Finalists

Shareef “Reef” Hassanien

Shareef “Reef” Hassanien is a thrash drummer based out of Kitchener, Ontario. He is a proud member of the Los Cabos Drumstick family. Reef currently plays in the melodic thrash band Invicta. He also has previously played with Canadian thrash legends Razor, symphonic metal Monarch Woods and London thrashers Mutual Execution.

Andrew Suarez has been playing drums for over 15 years, having been involved in the lineups of over 15 bands with hundreds of North American shows under his belt. Coming from a strong thrash metal background, he drummed in the thrash metal band Fatality for several years as well as tracked and engineered their first album and subsequent EP while creating and editing a plethora of video content for the band. Andrew is now a current member of two prestigious bands: the prog metal band The Slyde, who is the reigning Canadian champion of the Wacken Metal Battle 2019 and the well-loved and homegrown ’80’s Metallica tribute band, Liquor Messiah.

Dherryk Doucette started drumming at the age of 14. Based in Toronto, his current band, Centuries of Decay released their debut album in 2017, and in 2018 were named the winners of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada. In 2019 they did their first tour of western Canada and are currently hard at work on their second full length album. Dherryk takes influence from drummers of all styles and genres, such as Gene Hoglan, Mario Duplantier, Anika Nilles, Gavin Harrison, Thomas Lang and Tony royster Jr. to name a few.

Nick Rodgers is a technical death metal drummer that evolved from the punk, emo and deathcore genres. Drumming since the age of 15, Nick’s focus has been on being precise and hard hitting whilst balancing speed and technical elements into his playing. Blast beats, fast fills and intricate footwork are among Nick’s strengths behind the kit. As a very committed session drummer and teacher, Nick is extremely dedicated to his craft, and hopes he can inspire other drummers to play fast and meticulously, using various techniques to accelerate their abilities. Nick is endorsed by Los Cabos Drumsticks, Trick Drums USA.

Alexis von Kraven started his drumming career by playing covers during his childhood. In his teens AVK became a session musician and then started playing for different musical theatre plays as well as touring internationally. Alexis has recorded over a couple hundred albums of different musical genres and whenever he plays metal, he literally melts the face of his skin off. Alexis is currently drumming for the following acts: Hollywood Monsters, Eternal Halloween, Heavens Fire and more and uses and abuses: MAPEX Drums, D’Addario Accessories, Evans Drum Heads, Puresound percussion, Los Cabos Drumsticks, Eccentric Systems (Buzzkill, Quick Torque Cams and Flat Headz), DX drumbags, GS custom heads and Jelly Drumpads.

Vito De Francesco

Vito De Francesco is the powerhouse percussionist and driving force behind the progressive metal band Pyramid Theorem. Vito’s current setup includes an 11-piece DW drum kit with a vast array of Sabian cymbals. He also has a formal endorsement partnership with Collision Drumsticks. Pyramid Theorem is set to release its third LP on August 21, 2020. The album was produced by Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater) who challenged Vito and his bandmates to step outside of their comfort zone to achieve a record that they are incredibly proud of.

Mike Harshaw is a 32 year old Canadian drummer. Hailing from Grimsby, Ontario Mike specializes in Metal, Rock Progressive rock/metal. Mike is currently the drummer for Prismind, AZP and Warmachine as well as being a live and recording session player. Past groups include Annihilator, Mastery, Profaner, Motorheadache among others. Mike plays Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo drumheads and Los Cabos drumsticks.

Chris Stephenson is a Professional touring/recording artist & drum instructor based out of Ottawa. He has toured internationally and recorded albums with Cauldron and Skullfist, both were nominated for Juno Awards, and is currently the drummer of Canadian power trio OLD JAMES as well as putting his knowledge of theory and application in drum performance towards his first educational book ‘The Rhythm Trees’. Having studied under the likes of Alex Landenburg, Thomas Lang, Chris Coleman, Benny Greb, Matt Garstka and Aquiles Priester, Chris has developed his own concept to drumming in hopes to influence, educate and inspire drummers globally. Chris proudly endorses Los Cabos Drumsticks, Mapex Drums, Murat Diril Cymbals and Remo Percussion.