Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Known as one of the pioneers of contemporary double-bass technique, Charlie Benante has been an influence on countless drummers throughout the world! Idolized as the drummer for the band Anthrax since 1983, he has had a big part in popularizing the blast beat technique with thrash metal.

As the creative force behind Anthrax since day one, Charlie Benante could be called the “yin” to Scott Ian’s “yang.”

Of course it’s much more complicated than that, but when it comes to what you SEE and FEEL in the band- Benante is likely behind it. Whether it’s a drum kit, or computer, each is a tool that channels his aural and visual senses into the thrash metal monster that is Anthrax.

But when it comes to taste, Benante’s is held in the highest regard…and we’re not talking fashion! His taste is of the palatable kind. A coffee fanatic, Benante not only sports a Starbucks tattoo (yep, true), he creates his own bean blends and signature roasts under his own brand of java greatness.

When not caffeinating the world with his high-energy percussive ways in Anthrax, he can be found in his adopted hometown west of Chicago with his wife and young daughter.