ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante spoke to “Drum For The Song”, the podcast hosted by Danish Campbellson of ex-MOTORHEAD guitarist Philip Campbell, on how he became the group’s main musical writer. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “How it happened was that I couldn’t really convey what I was hearing in my head playing the drums to someone else, so I had to learn to play from another instrument, which happened to be the guitar, because it came very naturally to me; it was easy. And that’s how I did it. I was just putting tons of riffs on tapes and then just later I was listening to them and compiling them and just making a song out of them and then bringing it to the band and that’s how it happened. And basically that was after our first album [1984’s ‘Fistful Of Metal’] when we lost our singer [Neil Turbin]and we went in to start writing, which would be the “Spreading the Disease” record, our second album, and Scott [Ian, guitar] essentially took over much of the lyrics; it was his department. So I stepped up and took over the main musical aspect of things. And that’s how it was, and that’s how it is.”
ANTHRAX celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021 with a number of activities and special events. Trained by Ian and bassist Dan Lilker in Queens, New York, on July 18, 1981, ANTHRAX were one of the first thrash metal bands to emerge from the East Coast and quickly became a leader in the genre alongside METALLIC, KILLER and MEGADETH.
Active for five decades, ANTHRAX released 11 studio albums, received multiple gold and platinum certifications, received six grammys nominations, has toured the world since 1984 playing thousands of shows, including headlining Madison Square Garden and playing Yankee Stadium with the “Big Four.”
ANTHRAXthe last effort of 2016 “For All Kings”, has been called by some critics her strongest album to date. His arrival follows a five-year period in which the band experienced something of a renaissance, starting with ANTHRAXthe inclusion of in the “Big Four” tour and the continuation of the 2011 release of the comeback album “Worship Music”.
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