Re: Charlie Benante
1940s/50s/60s - Big band drummers bring it to the public, e.g. the Buddy Rich Stick Trick video on Drummerworld.
1984 - DRI, Dirty Rotten LP - sped up punk beat (also, Cryptic Slaughter)
1985 - SOD, Speak English Or Die
1987 - Napalm Death, Scum - used as white noise
1989 - Morbid Angel and Altars Of Madness = first record to make the blast a timekeeping element
1990 - Cannibal Corpse = Cannibal/Bomb blast
1993 - Morbid Angel again, Covenant - Pushed to 230odd
1993 - Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh = Hyperblast
2000 - Origin Demo = Gravity blast
2005 - Nile - Annihilation, Hate Eternal - I, Monarch - pushed to near 270, plus other patterns with free limbs
The history of blast beats.