Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
All of last week was Shredders Week! During their new show called "Shredders Of Metal", the folks at BangerTV went on a quest to find the ultimate shredder. The show featured seven guitarists from across Canada that were given a chance in the spotlight to show off their abilities to the world, and their performances were being judged by the show's esteemed panel of judges, which included Banger Films founder and all-around metal expert Sam Dunn, guitarist of Diemonds and many other bands, Daniel Dekay, and to make things more special, and maybe even a little intimidating, the final judge was the one and only Alex Skolnick of Testament.
To become the ultimate shredder, the seven contestants were put to the test of mastering six shredding challenges over the course of six episodes. At the end of each episode, the contestant with the weakest performance in that challenge would receive elimination, or as they say in the show: "be shredded" from the competition, as the piece of paper with their name is put through the paper shredder.
Check out the series recap down below.
To kick things off, contestants had 1 minute each to showcase who they are as a player with a solo. In the end, Tim was the first contestant to be shredded from the competition, leaving Bri, Ric, Sim, Derryl, Alex and Frankie left.
At the end of the episode, Bri was shredded from the contest. After seeing her performance, I could tell immediately that she would be the one to go because she did struggle at the increasing tempos with a lot of flubs and missed notes. This left us with Ric, Alex, Frankie, Sim and Derryl.
At the end, it came down to Derryl and Ric to see who would be eliminated next, and that call unfortunately went to Derryl. Ric turned out to be safe along with Alex, Frankie and Sim, who all moved on to the next round.
In the end, Frankie and Sim were safe, while it came down to Alex Z. and Ric to see who would be eliminated. As Blayne opened the envelope, there was no paper. Alex and Ric both tied up with their performances, so in order to break the tie, they had to "shred for their lives" with a 60-second solo that will prove whether they advance or be shredded. Afterwards, Ric was shredded from the contest, and we were now down to three shredders: Frankie, Alex and Sim.
When the elimination round came, the scores were added up and unfortunately, Sim received the lowest score, which counted for automatic elimination. This left us with Alex Z. and Frankie heading into the finals to determine who would be the ultimate shredder.
It was incredibly close, but in the end, the shredder to be sent home.....was Alex, making Frankie the ultimate shredder.
That wraps up the "Shredders Of Metal" series. Do you think BangerTV might have another show like this for drummers, bassists and vocalists in the future? You never know. Watch the entire "Shredders Of Metal" series down below.
EPISODE 1 - SHREDDER'S CHOICE (PREMIERE)
EPISODE 2 - SPEED KILLS
EPISODE 3 - METALIZE THIS
EPISODE 4 - THE BIG SCORE
EPISODE 5 - FIGURE SHREDDING
EPISODE 6 - SHRED OR DIE (FINALE)