Anthrax’s Charlie Benante Reveals His Favorite Song by Slayer
In honor of the hugely anticipated Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 14, Revolver and Guitar World are celebrating the Big Four Weeks leading up to the show. Our websites will be giving fans eye-popping exclusives, previously unseen backstage video, excerpts from our interviews with the bands—including those in Revolver’s special issue devoted to the Big Four, which you can buy right here—and much, much more. Additionally, Revolver’s September/October issue (available here) features collectible trading cards, which you can view here.
While making the Big Four issue, we talked to some of the Big Four’s most heralded musicians about their favorite songs from the other bands. Today, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante tells us about his favorite Slayer song.
“I have to say, ‘At Dawn They Sleep,’ [off 1985’s Hell Awaits]. I just love everything about the song. The way it kind of creeps throughout the song and just its relentless pounding. It’s just great. We just kind of joke about the sound of that record, the amount of fucking reverb. It sounds like it was recorded in a cave down in hell, and they just threw mics up and they recorded it. Of course, people would think I would pick something from Reign in Blood, which I love that record, too, but that one’s great.”
Photo by Andy Buchanan