Benighted announces special anniversary show and festival dates!

Benighted have announced a big birthday party for their band in Villeurbanne (Lyon) on May 5th. The French death grind extremists will be joined by many special guests.

Vocalist Julien Truchan stated this about the anniversary show:

“We will celebrate 20 years of Benighted with a special show at the CCO in Villeurbanne, Lyon on the 5th of May! We hope that you can make it and bring along all the craziness that you are capable of! We have prepared a very special setlist and invited many dear friends to join us on stage like Niklas from Shining, Sven from Aborted, Arno from Black Bomb A, and also former members of the band! We will record this show to be a part of our Anniversary EP, which will be released later this year by Season of Mist! Come and join us and let’s make this an unforgettable party!”


Festival show dates:

24 Mar 18 Heidelberg (DE) Halle 02 (Heidelberg Deathfest)
07 Apr 18 Moita (PT) Moita Metal Fest
05 May 18 Villeurbanne (FR) CCO (20 Years Anniversary Show)
26 May 18 Lac de la Vingeanne (FR) Outch Festival
16 Jun 18 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
18 Jul 18 Trutnov (CZ) Obscene Extreme Fest
27 Jul 18 Chicago (US) Durty Nellie’s (Domination Fest )
03 Aug 18 Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans (FR) Sylak Open Air
10 Aug 18 Schlotheim (DE) Party San Metal Open Air

Vocalist Julien Truchan stated this about the song and the music video ”Necrobreed”:

“We are proud and stoked to unleash this new creepy episode of our ”Necrobreed” story in the shape of a music video for the track ‘Leatherface’! Kick Your Eyes Productions once again did a great job and delivered this second piece of insanity starring the gorgeous Cecylia Suicide! Enjoy!”

Benighted are playing live in support of their latest full-length, ”Necrobreed”. Artwork and tracklist can be viewed below.


01. Hush Little Baby
02. Reptilian
03. Psychosilencer
04. Forgive Me Father
05. Leatherface
06. Der Doppelgaenger
07. Necrobreed
08. Monsters Make Monsters
09. Cum With Disgust
10. Versipellis
11. Reeks Of Darkened Zoopsia
12. Mass Grave

BENIGHTED (2018) by Sven De Caluwe

Madness reigns!  Benighted deliver the radical soundtrack to these savage times. With their new full-length ”Necrobreed”, the French sidestep the steadily growing complexity of their previous albums ‘Asylum Cave’ (2011) and ”Carnivore Sublime”(2014) by recalibrating their sound along with their roots.

”Necrobreed” is the result of modern violence combined with an undercurrent of old-school feeling. Benighted keep their grinding influences but classic death metal clearly shows through the fabric. Those insane pig squeals are backed-up by massive growling. Crushing riffing and nuclear drumming meet subtle melodies and hidden hooks are fuelling the fury.

Benighted were spawned by members from French Death and Black metal bands Dishumanized, Darkness Fire, and Osgiliath, who joined forces in 1998 for a more brutal, heavy and modern way of expression. When their first self-produced and self-titled full-length hit the streets in 2000, it immediately had a strong impact. This turned a side-project into a main act. A fast-growing fan base was built by a string of acclaimed albums: ”Psychose” (2002), ”Insane Cephalic Production” (2004), ”Identisick” (2006), and ”Icon” (2007) were all enthusiastically received.

BENIGHTED video still Cecylia

On the live front,  Benighted quickly started to capture audiences with sweat driver performances that bulldozer any resistance mercilessly aside. This allowed the French to climb up the ladder fast and soon came invitations to all major European festivals including Neurotic Death Fest, Hellfest, Wacken, Brutal Assault, Summer Breeze, and Inferno Festival among many more.

Benighted recorded ”Necrobreed” once again in Germany’s Kohlekeller Studio in continuation of a very successful relationship. The other constant with these brutal death addicts is an album concept that comes based on a theme revolving around the abysmal potential of the human psyche. This time vocalist (and caretaker in a mental asylum) Julien Truchan penned lyrics dealing with a man, who is stitching dead animals to his abdomen. On feeling the warmth of his infected flesh, the schizophrenic “gives birth” to the carcass and places it in his house as the result of a severe childhood trauma involving a dead cat.

”Necrobreed” gives an extreme musical voice to the madness lurking within. Let your mind be shaken by Benighted. In case of side effects, please see a doctor.

Available formats:
Jewel case CD
Vinyl LP in various colors

Recording line-up:
Julien Truchan: vocals
Olivier Gabriel: guitars
Romain Goulon: drums
Pierre Arnoux: bass, backing vocals
Emmanuel Dalle: guitars

Current line-up:
Julien Truchan: vocals
Emmanuel Dalle: guitars
Kevin Paradis: drums
Pierre Arnoux: bass, backing vocals
Fabien “Fack” Desgardins: guitars

Guest appearances:
Asphodel (Chenille): vocals on “Hush Little Baby ”
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder): vocals on”Forgive Me Father”
Arno (Black Bomb A): vocals on “Cum With Disgust”





Check out the music video for ”Leatherface” here, enjoy it: