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Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante is "tired of people not crediting" him for inventing the blast beat

Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:27 AM PT

Who invented the blast beat? It's a question that has been asked many times over the years. The most frequent answer to the question seems to be D.R.I. drummer Eric Brecht (1982) or the drummer of Asocial (1981), along with Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris, who is credited with coining the term.

(Of course some out there proclaim that jazz drummers were doing blasts as early as the 1950s.)

While S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) are often mentioned in the conversation for their 1985 track "Milk," drummer Charlie Benante (more famously of Anthrax) wants to ensure that everyone knows he invented the blast beat.

In a newly uploaded interview with Drumtalk (see below), Benante had the following to say:

"There's this style of beat called 'blast beat,' and I will say that the first time ever that type of beat was recorded and played on a record was on this S.O.D. record that we did in 1985. And I'm tired of people not crediting that that was the first time. And, of course, people perfected it and play it way better, but that was the first time that a blast beat was on record. If you can prove me wrong, prove me wrong, but I believe that that was the first time. And, like I said, other people have mastered it and done it way better, and I never took it any further — that was it. It fit in that song 'Milk'. Like, when we would play it live, the more I played it, the more I started to develop a different way of playing it. Because I would always play it with a single kick drum, and I would either reverse it, which I think Paul [Mazurkiewicz] from Cannibal Corpse played more of that style of blast beat. I would play it either with the ride or I would play it with the hat, reversing it. When S.O.D. would play more and more shows, I would always develop it and not just do a single kick — I would throw in a double. And then I discovered that some of the black metal bands, later on, were doing it [slightly differently]. So it was being developed even more. And then when I heard the Dimmu Borgir record 'Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia', Nick Barker's drumming on that record was, to me, one of those moments where another door opened and he took the blast beat style to a whole other level."

[via Blabbermouth]