How To Play Anthrax’s “Fight ‘Em Til You Can’t”

How To Play Anthrax’s “Fight ’Em Til You Can’t”

Charlie Benante

Anthrax’s multitalented musician and ripping metal drummer Charlie Benante begins “Fight ’Em Til You Can’t” with a triplet bass drum ruff leading into quarter-note triplet cymbal crashes. He then plays a backwards polka or downbeat skank beat with the snare on the beats and the kick drum on the &’s. Next, he amps it up with the sixteenth-note double bass version of this groove. There’s a nice fill based on “quads” (RH LH RF LF) used to set up the entrance of the first verse. The kick pattern in this section implies a 4:3 relationship.