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Famous Firsts: Benighted

The firsts of Benighted’s Julien Truchan

As the band are about to tour the UK next month, Benighted’s vocalist reveals how all this started with a laugh and why corpsepaint is now thankfully a thing of the past for him...

What was the first album you ever bought?

“That must be Cannibal Corpse's Butchered At Birth. That was actually the very first tape I bought, period. The thing is that until then, I just wasn’t into music, at all. I wasn’t even listening to the radio! It turned out I was really into horror movies so when totally by random I came across it with that shocking artwork, I knew I had to get this, even if I had no clue what I was spending my cash on. Obviously, having not experienced any form of extreme music before, my initial reaction was bewilderment to say the least ha ha. It actually became some kind of ongoing joke in between me and my friends: we were playing Butchered At Birth at the loudest volume possible to whoever hung out with us, just for laugh. Still, I kept playing it over and over again until I realised at some point that although I first found it absolutely absurd, I had come to like what I was hearing. That’s when Oliver and I (Gabriel, Benighted founding guitarist) decided to start doing music so we could emulate that racket. So as a musician, I went from nothing to brutal death metal right away.”

What was the first single you ever bought?

“Well, I’m sorry for all the hardcore music fans out there but I simply never bought any! As I told you, I wasn’t interested at all in music until Cannibal Corpse. And back then, CDs were already dominating the market – I still enjoy that format as a matter of fact and I never use Spotify, Deezer etc. Ironically, I do have some vinyls at home because I like the design and the object itself but I don’t have any turntable to play them with, I actually have to go to my mom’s to use hers.”

What was the first gig you ever went to?

“That should be Artefacts in 1998 – an outdoor festival in Strasbourg, France with Moonspell, Therion and Cradle Of Filth on the bill. Since I wasn’t into music previously, I wasn’t interested either in live shows. And it’s only after we had formed Benighted and started rehearsing that I realised maybe I should go to at least one concert, just in case we were asked at some point to do one ha ha! I ended up going to Artefacts because I was living in a part of France where very little was happening so I really wanted to see as much as I could in one go. And I was then heavily into Cradle Of Filth so this prompted to choose this one.”

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