Charlie Benante (born 27 November 1962, in The Bronx, New York) is the drummer for the heavy metal bands Anthrax and Stormtroopers of Death.
Charlie 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, as well as the majority of the music for Anthrax. Along with his musician duties, Benante is also a graphic artist and has created many of Anthrax's album cover and t-shirt designs.
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.