Benighted is a French brutal death metal band. Characterized by their major Genre Roulette
and Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly
tendencies as well as the endlessly flexible vocal chords of frontman Julien Truchan, they have built up a dedicated following both in Europe and abroad.
Formed in 1998 by Julien "Truch" Truchan (vocals), Olivier "Gab" Gabriel and Liem "Litchy" N'Guyen (guitars), Christophe "Chart" Charretier (bass), and Fred "Fight" Fayolle (drums) from the ashes of various death and black metal bands in the Saint-Etienne area, the band spent the first two years perfecting their craft before releasing a self-titled full-length debut in 2000, followed by Charretier leaving in 2001 and N'Guyen briefly doubling up on bass for Psychose
, their 2002 sophomore album. Several bassists came and went before Eric "Candy" Lombard finally settled in just in time for 2003's Insane Cephalic Production
. As a result of the surprisingly big splash it made, the band went through a lengthy period of touring before writing and releasing Identisick
, their fourth album, in 2006, which proved to be their true breakthrough, though Fayolle left and was replaced by a promising young drummer from Ireland by the name of Kevin Foley. Icon
followed in 2007 and was met by widespread critical acclaim, though things slowed down for a while after that until a deal with the high-profile indie label Season of Mist was inked, followed by the release of Asylum Cave
in 2011. Other than N'Guyen's departure and replacement by Adrien Guerin in 2012, things have gone smoothly since then, with various fest appearances and tours (including several with their buddies in Aborted
) having taken place. In addition to that, their new album, Carnivore Sublime
, will hit on February 14, 2014.
- Benighted (2000)
- Psychose (2002)
- Insane Cephalic Production (2003)
- Identisick (2006)
- Icon (2007)
- Asylum Cave (2011)
- Carnivore Sublime (2014)
This band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Brutal Death Metal
- Careful With That Axe: Julien frequently sounds completely unhinged, and it is certainly fitting that he works in a psychiatric hospital.
- Concept Album: Asylum Cave.
- Cover Version: They have covered "Meticulous Invagination", "Du riechst so gut", and "Old" as bonus tracks for the deluxe edition of Carnivore Sublime.
- Deathcore: They certainly play with elements of this a fair bit, but they've never outright been this.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Their first few albums are heavily influenced by Black Metal and have much worse production.
- Gratuitous French: Justified in that they're from, you know, France.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Truchan can do mid-ranged roars, gurgles, a hardcore-esque shout, pig squeals, grindcore-esque shrieks, thrash yelps similar to Paul Baloff's work in Exodus, and even straight-up rapping. Surprisingly, clean vocals are one of the few styles he hasn't done.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid 10 for the most part, occasionally a hard 10 on their heavier songs.
- Motor Mouth: A frequent technique of Truchan's.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Has, at various points, mixed elements of brutal death metal, black metal, melodic death metal, grindcore, thrash metal, deathcore, and even hip-hop.
- New Sound Album: Identisick was where their Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly tendencies really started to take hold.
- Special Guest: A common part of their albums from Identisick onwards, with Leif Jensen (Dew-Scented), Christophe Gerardin (Kronos), Karsten Jager (Disbelief), Asphodel (Pin-Up Went Down), Sven de Caluwe, Mike Majewski, Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), and Michael Kern (Carnal Decay) having been among the more notable ones. Truchan has been one himself at various points, while Foley has become a frequent live session fill-in for various bands in need of an emergency substitute.
- Technical Death Metal: Has flirted with this, but they've never really outright crossed the line and become this.
- Teen Genius: Kevin Foley was only eighteen when he joined.
- True Companions: With Aborted.
- X Meets Y: Cryptopsy meets Dying Fetus meets Suicide Silence meets Fuck the Facts.