Charlie Benante


1983- Anthrax - drums  
1985-2002 Stormtroopers Of Death - drums  

Guest musician

2015 Metal Allegiance - guitars  

Personal information

Born on: 22.11.1962
Official website

Charlie Benante (born 27 November 1962, in The Bronx, New York) is the drummer for the heavy metal bands Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.). He has been one of the primary songwriters for both Anthrax and S.O.D. and writes and composes the bulk of Anthrax's music while Scott Ian writes the lyrics.

Benante joined Anthrax in 1983, prior to the recording of the band's debut album Fistful of Metal, and has been the band's drummer to the present day. He is known for having a very fast double kick technique and has been credited as one of the pioneers of double-bass, as well as with popularizing the blast beat technique with thrash metal. Many drummers, such as Dave Lombardo, Lars Ulrich, Mike Portnoy and Jason Bittner, consider him as one of the best drummers of all time.

He is also an accomplished guitarist, contributing lead guitar to S.O.D.'s Speak English or Die album. Along with his musician duties, Benante is also a graphic artist and has created many of Anthrax's album cover and t-shirt designs.

Personal life

Benante is the uncle of Anthrax bassist Frank Bello, whose mother is Benante's older sister.


Benante uses and endorses Tama drums and hardware, Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Evans drumheads, and ddrum electronics.

Prior to switching to Tama's Speed Cobra pedals in 2010, Benante was one of the few drummers who used Tama's HP35 Camco chain-drive pedals, equipment he had used since 1984.

Tama Starclassic Bubinga in Black Metallic w/Gold Inlay & Black Nickel Hardware

20"x22" Bass Drum (x2)
6.5"x14" Charlie Benante Signature Snare Drum (CB1465)
8"x10" Tom Tom
8"x12" Tom Tom
9"x13" Tom Tom
14"x14" Floor Tom
16"x18" Floor Tom
6.5" x 13" Side Snare

Evans Drumheads: Evans St Dry/Hazy 300 (snare), G2 clear/G1 clear (toms), EQ2 Batter Clear/ EQ3 Resonant Black (bass drum)

Paiste Cymbals

16" RUDE Crash/Ride
13" Signature Dark Crisp Hi-Hat
8" RUDE Splash (custom)
18" 2002 Power Crash
12" Signature Splash
19" RUDE Wild Crash
20" Signature Dark Metal Ride
18" RUDE Crash/Ride
14" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hat
18" 2002 Novo China
20" 2002 Novo China

Tama Hardware

Power Tower System
HP910LS Speed Cobra Single Pedal (x2)
HH905 Iron Cobra Lever Glide Hi-Hat Stand
HT730 1st Chair Ergo-Rider Drum Throne

Sticks: Vic Firth Charlie Benante Signature (SBEN) (Length = 16 5/8", Diameter =.625")