Charlie Benante joined Anthrax in 1983, prior to the recording of the band's debut album Fistful of Metal. He has been the band's drummer ever since. He is known as one of the pioneers of double-bass drumming, 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 to be one of the best drummers of all time. Charlie is also an accomplished guitarist, contributing lead guitar to S.O.D.'s Speak English or Die album. Along with his musician duties, Charlie is also a graphic artist and has created many of Anthrax's album covers and t-shirt designs.