Benighted live at Coolness'Tival 2007
|Genres||Deathgrind, technical death metal|
|Labels||Season of Mist, Osmose Productions, Adipocère Records|
Benighted is a French deathgrind 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.
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. With Insane Cephalic Production the band also started working with producer Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner in his Kohlekeller Studio in Germany. Kohlmannslehner has produced all Benighted albums since then. Benighted subsequently toured throughout Europe with Morbid Angel, Deicide and Fear Factory among others.
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. In late 2009, Benighted signed to Season of Mist and released Asylum Cave in 2011. Truchan contributed guest vocals to 2011 album Global Flatline by Aborted. A music video for the song "Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth" was released in February 2012.
- Julien Truchan – vocals (1998–present)
- Olivier Gabriel – guitar (1998–present)
- Emmanuel Dalle – guitar (2014–present)
- Pierre Arnoux – bass, backing vocals (2014–present)
- Romain Goulon – drums (2016–present)
- Chart – bass (1998–2002)
- Rémi Aubrespin – bass (2002–2003)
- Bertrand Arnaud – bass (2003–2004)
- Fred Fayolle – drums (1998–2006)
- Liem N'Guyen – guitar (1998–2012)
- Eric "Candy" Lombard – bass (2004–2014)
- Alexis Liu – bass (2014)
- Adrien Guerin – guitar, backing vocals (2012–2014)
- Kevin Foley - drums (2006-2016)
- Benighted (2000)
- Psychose (2002)
- Insane Cephalic Production (2004)
- Identisick (2006)
- Icon (2007)
- Asylum Cave (2011)
- Carnivore Sublime (2014)
- Brutalive the Sick (live album) (2015)
- Chris True, Benighted, Allmusic
- Benighted Signs With Seasons of Mist - Dec. 9, 2010. Blabbermouth.net
- New Aborted Album To Feature Guest Appearances By Rotten Sound, Benighted Members - July 6, 2011. Blabbermouth.net
- Benighted: 'Let The Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth' Video Released - Feb. 8, 2012adrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=169405