Charlie Benante says that he is “tired” of not being recognized as a pioneer of the “blast beat”. A type of fast drum beat characteristic of extreme heavy metal styles such as black metal, death metal and grindcore, a blast beat is basically a single stroke roll broken up between the snare drum and the bass drum, with the hi-hat/ride hand playing unison strokes with the bass drum.
“If you can prove me wrong, prove me wrong, but I believe that that was the first time. 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’ “
A monster of blast beats in thrash metal. One of the best… Definitely.