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Benighted Rock unter den Eichen 2017 04.jpg
Benighted live at Rock unter den Eichen 2017
Background information
OriginSaint-Étienne, France
GenresDeathgrind, blackened death metal (early)
Years active1998–present
LabelsSeason of Mist, Osmose Productions, Adipocère Records
MembersJulien Truchan
Kevin Paradis
Emmanuel Dalle
Pierre Arnoux
Fabien "Fack" Desgardins
Past membersRomain Goulon Christophe Charretier
Fred Fayolle
Liem N'Guyen
Eric Lombard
Rémi Aubrespin
Adrien Guerin
Alexis Liu
Kevin Foley
Olivier Gabriel
Emmanuel Dalle at RudE 2017

Benighted is a French deathgrind band formed in Saint-Étienne in 1998. The group comprises vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Emmanuel Dalle and Fabien "Fack" Desgardins, bassist Pierre Arnoux and drummer Kevin Paradis, Benighted have released eight 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. 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.[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] Following a brief recording session, Benighted released their 8th full-length studio album "Necrobreed" on February 24th, 2017 via Season of Mist records. This record is also the first record to feature veteran death metal drummer Romain Goulon. Benighted is currently headlining their own tour "Worship the Necrobreed".


  • Julien Truchan – vocals (1998-present)
  • Pierre Arnoux – bass, backing vocals (2014-present)
  • Emmanuel Dalle – guitar (2014-present)
  • Kevin Paradis – drums (2017-present)
  • Fabien "Fack" Desgardins – guitar (2017-present)
  • Christophe Charretier – bass (1998–2002)
  • Fred Fayolle – drums (1998–2006, died in 2019)
  • Liem N'Guyen – guitar (1998–2012), bass (2002)
  • Oliver Gabriel – guitar (1998–2017)
  • Remy Aubrespin – bass (2002–2003)
  • Bertrand "Bert" Arnaud – bass (2003–2004)
  • Eric "Candy" Lombard – bass (2004–2014)
  • Kevin Foley – drums (2006–2016)
  • Adrian Guerin – guitar (2012–2014)
  • Alexis Lieu – bass (2014)
  • Romain Goulon - drums (2016-2017)




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