San Jose, Calif., -- Anniversaries can often bring reflection. And, DRUM is no exception as it celebrates 20 years of publishing. It’s appropriate that DRUM!'s October issue features Anthrax drummer, Charlie Benante, since it was 20 years ago last month that he appeared on the first cover of the magazine. At that time, DRUM! was a free tabloid with a circulation mainly in California. Benante, on the other hand, had already made a name for himself with his eight years of blast beats that had propelled Anthrax to the forefront of the rock/metal music scene during the late eighties and early nineties.
Charlie Benante and Joe Franco appeared on DRUM!'s first cover in 1991.
Benante, in his interview with DRUM! assistant editor, Andrew Lentz, gives the reader a complete insight regarding what Benante and crew had been up to since the 2004 release, We’ve Come For You All. Over that period, the group experienced a series of ups and downs, based on each player’s interests. Benanate had let his passion for the fret board loose, which resulted in new material that he explored with guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano as well as bassist Frank Bello. However, after a brief, successful reunion in 2006, Joey Belladonna, vocalist and a solid drummer as well, announced that he would not take part on the album of material led by Benante. Click for more.