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Sounds | Benighted, A Personified Evil

Wat kunnen er toch mooie dingen gebeuren als mensen samenwerken om nieuwe hoogten te bereiken. Dat geldt natuurlijk voor twee (of meer) mensen die elkaar aantrekkelijk vinden en letterlijk tezamen streven naar hoogtepunten, maar het geschiedt ook als death metalhelden samenspannen om, zoals in dit geval, dissociatieve stoornissen te bezingen. Aldus zag A Personified Evil het levenslicht.

Het Franse Benighted is de studio ingedoken met Francesco Paoli van Fleshgod Apocalypse. En het resultaat is een bijzonder aangename nummer. Buitengewoon strakke drums die het geheel op sleeptouw nemen en naar een mooie hoogte brengen, waar de strotten van Truchan en Paoli een bak agressie over je uitstorten die ongekend is.

A Personified Evil staat niet op het album Obscene Repressed, dat op 10 april jl. uitkwam en dat ik hier al eerder besprak.

Vocalist Julien Truchan comments: "Here we go with "A Personified Evil", our brand new single featuring none but our amazing brother Francesco Paoli from Fleshgod Apocalypse !! 2'53 of pure violence available in this lyrics video released by our friend Guilherme who did a great job! Tell us what you think about this new piece of insanity and please spread it everywhere you can, not only on the beach !! 🤣 Thank you for your support and let's dance! We want to thank Francesco, Remy Headsplit Design who released this beautiful artwork, Frek from La Forme du Son who recorded my vocals and of course Kohle from the Kohlekeller Studio who made the mix and master of this track! SHARE SHARE SHARE!"


A French heavy metal outfit that dabbled in blackened death metal before going full-on deathgrind, Benighted emerged in the late 1990s with a crew that was culled from some of the region's most insidious noisemakers: Dishumanized, Darkness Fire, and Osgiliath. After snapping necks with their 2000 debut, the group went on to issue a string of influential grindcore/death metal albums like Insane Cephalic Production (2004), Icon (2007), Asylum Cave (2011), and Necrobreed (2018), all the while forging new paths of sonic brutality and lyrical depravity.

Formed in Saint-Étienne around the talents of vocalist Julien Truchan, guitarists Liem N'Guyen and Olivier Gabriel, drummer Fred Fayolle, and bassist Chart, Benighted's combustive blend of black metal and grindcore was introduced on their eponymous debut in 2000. The album caught the attention of Adipocere Records, who signed the group the following year. Moving toward a more technical, less blackened form of death metal, the band issued the punishing Psychose in 2002. Chart departed shortly thereafter, making way for new touring bassist Remy Aubrespin. More lineup changes heralded the arrival of 2004's uncompromising Insane Cephalic Production, with Eric Lombard taking over for Aubrespin. The LP was produced by Kristian Kohlmannslehner, who would helm all of the band's session from then on. The ensuing two years were spent relentlessly touring in support of the album, appearing alongside a slew of high-profile metal acts like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Fear Factory, Slipknot, and Soulfly. Implementing elements of thrash, groove metal, and hardcore, the band released Identisick in 2006. Longtime drummer Fayolle was the next to leave the fold, and was replaced by new kit man Kevin Foley, who made his studio debut on 2007's hard-hitting Icon. In 2009 Benighted inked a deal with Season of Mist, and their first outing for the popular French indie, Asylum Cave, followed in 2011. The punishing Carnivore Sublime dropped in 2014, with Necrobreed, the band's eighth studio long player, arriving in 2017.




Benighted © Anthony Dubois

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