Lessons

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.

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