By Keith CarmanA tragic loss for the world of punk rock has just been announced. Seminal punk rock drummer Chuck Biscuits (born Charles Montgomery) lost his lengthy battle with throat cancer, passing away Saturday (October 24) at the age of 44.
A brief but mournful note from his family was emailed to press yesterday morning (October 28), stating simply:
"In response to the inquires, thank you for all the support. Chuck did not survive his battle with throat cancer. He passed surrounded by his family on 10/24/09."
Biscuits was initially introduced to the world via Vancouver-based punk rockers D.O.A. in the early '80s. His aggressive drumming on their seminal albums is partially responsible for the term "hardcore" being attached to the punk rock sub genre.
In 1982, Biscuits relocated to California where his career began to soar. Initially taking over the drum stool for fellow hardcore punk rockers Black Flag, he also kept time for the likes of scene acts such as the Circle Jerks, Fear and the Weirdos.
It wasn't until joining former Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig's eponymous band that Biscuits' name came to prominence though. Drumming for Danzig over the course of four albums, he's responsible for the signature drum fill on their most notable tune, "Mother." He returned briefly in 1993 to be a part of the Thrall: Demonsweatlive EP.
After departing from Danzig, Biscuits performed with the likes of hip-hop stars Run D.M.C. and other Danzig band Samhain for their reunion stint before joining Social Distortion from 1996 to 1999.