Chuck Biscuits, a well known heavy metal/hard rock drummer, died last Saturday at age 44 due to throat cancer. This legendary rocker was best known for playing the drums in bands like Black Flag, Danzig, and Social Distortion.
Check Biscuits was born on April 17, 1965, under the name of Charles Montgomery, in British Columbia. Biscuits moved to California in 1982 to join Black Flag, but left after five months. He then proceed to jump around from band to band, playing with classic punk-rock acts like the Circle Jerks, Fear, and the Weirdos. Chuck is best known for playing with Danzig in 1988. He was with Danszig for the band’s first four albums, as well as their 1993 EP release, Thrall: Demonsweatlive.It was during this time that Biscuits started to make a name for himself in the underground-music world. Rumor has it that he was even at the top of Nirvana’s drummer “wish list” for awhile.
In 1996 Biscuits played with Social Distortion for their 1998 release, Live at the Roxy. He then left the band a year later for unknown reasons. Some speculate his sudden departure was due to the beginnings of the cancer that later claimed his life.
“Chuck was one of the best of the original wave of punk drummers,” Descendants drummer Bill Stevenson said to a source. “His style was easily recognizable, and he seemed to have just a ton of extra energy when playing drums. He is one of those people who did not have to practice a lot to play really well.”
“It came very natural to him,” Stevenson continued. “He was hugely influential without really being as ‘famous’ as drummers who were actually much less influential musically.”
It’s a tragedy that someone, who contributed so much to the rock and music world, had to die so young. His work will live on and his talent won’t be forgotten.
Here’s a video of Chuck Biscuits with Circle Jerks: Enjoy!