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This article is about the French death metal band. For other uses, see Benighted (disambiguation).
Benighted Coolness'tival 2007 01.jpg
Benighted live at Coolness'Tival 2007
Background information
Origin Saint-Étienne, France
Genres Deathgrind, technical death metal
Years active 1998–present
Labels Season of Mist, Osmose Productions, Adipocère Records
Members Julien Truchan
Olivier Gabriel
Emmanuel Dalle
Pierre Arnoux
Kevin Foley
Past members Adrien Guerin
Alexis Liu
Eric Lombard
Rémi Aubrespin
Fred Fayolle
Liem N'Guyen

Benighted is a French death metal band formed in Saint-Étienne in 1998. The group comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Emmanuel Dalle and Olivier Gabriel, bassist Pierre Arnoux and drummer Kevin Foley. Benighted have released seven studio albums.


Benighted was formed in Saint-Étienne, Rhône-Alpes, France, in May 1998 by vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Liem N'Guyen and Olivier Gabriel, drummer Fred Fayolle and bassist Chart. Their self-titled first album was self-released in 2000 and was a combination of death metal, black metal and grindcore. The following positive response earned the band a record deal with Adipocère Records in early 2001. During the 2001 recording sessions, Benighted moved towards a more technical form of death metal and released their second album, Psychose, in 2003. For the subsequent touring, Remy Aubrespin took over on bass.[1]

The band entered studio in late 2004, without a bassist. After the 2004 release of Insane Cephalic Production, bassist Eric Lombard joined as a new member. Benighted subsequently toured throughout Europe with Morbid Angel, Deicide and Fear Factory among others.[1]

Benighted released their fourth album Identisick in 2006 and Fayolle was replaced by Kevin "Kikou" Foley on drums. The band signed a new deal with Osmose Productions in 2007 and released Icon in October that year.[1] In late 2009, Benighted signed to Season of Mist and released Asylum Cave in 2011.[2] Truchan contributed guest vocals to 2011 album Global Flatline by Aborted.[3] A music video for the song "Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth" was released in February 2012.[4]


Current members
  • Julien Truchan – vocals (1998–present)
  • Emmanuel Dalle – guitar (2014-present)
  • Olivier Gabriel – guitar (1998–present)
  • Pierre Arnoux – bass (2014–present)
  • Kevin Foleydrums (2006–present)
Former members
  • Liem N'Guyen – guitar (1998–2012)
  • Fred Fayolle – drums (1998–2006)
  • Rémi Aubrespin – bass (2002-2003)
  • Chart – bass (1998–2002)
  • Eric "Candy" Lombard - bass (2004-2014)
Benighted members
Man singing
Julien Truchan 
Man playing an electric guitar
Liem N'Guyen 
Man playing an electric guitar
Olivier Gabriel 
Man playing a bass guitar
Eric Lombard 



  • Benighted (2000)
  • Psychose (2002)
  • Insane Cephalic Production (2004)
  • Identisick (2006)
  • Icon (2007)
  • Asylum Cave (2011)
  • Carnivore Sublime (2014)
  • Brutalive the Sick (live album) (2015)


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