A Blast Beat is a drum beat that originated in Death Metal, and is often associated with Extreme Metal and Grindcore. It is utilised by many different styles of Metal. In Adam MacGregor’s definition, “the blast-beat generally comprises a repeated, sixteenth-note figure played at a very fast tempo, and divided uniformly among the bass drum, snare and ride, crash or hi-hat cymbal.” Blast beats have been described as, “maniacal percussive explosions, less about rhythm per se than sheer sonic violence”.
The English band Napalm Death coined the term “Blast Beat”, though this style of drumming had previously been practiced by others. Daniel Ekeroth argues that the blast beat was first performed by the Swedish group Asocial on their 1982 demo. D.R.I...Read More