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Breaking Benjamin

Pennsylvania natives Breaking Benjamin, named after founder and lead singer Ben Burnley, play a brand of metal-tinged alternative rock that came to define the sound of mainstream rock in the early 2000s. Indebted equally to the minor-chord dirges of first-wave grunge rockers like Alice in Chains and the pyrotechnic bombast of vintage arena rock, Breaking Benjamin became one of the most popular rock bands in the United States, scoring a number one with the single "Breath" in 2007. Two of their albums, 2004's We Are Not Alone and 2006's Phobia, have been certified platinum in the U.S.

In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski made a surprising and unexpected decision: they left Lifer, an alternative metal band that was signed to Universal and was gaining commercial acceptance. Fink and Klepaski departed Lifer (which was originally called Strangers with Candy) so that they could join forces with singer Ben Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel and form Breaking Benjamin. Why would Fink and Klepaski leave a band that had a contract with Universal to form a new alt-rock band that, at the time, was unsigned? According to Breaking Benjamin's press releases, the ex-members of Lifer had so much faith in Burnley's songwriting talents that they were willing to take a gamble and uproot themselves. So in late 2000, Breaking Benjamin got started with a four-man lineup that consisted of Burnley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Fink on lead guitar, Klepaski on bass, and Hummel on drums. Breaking Benjamin wasn't the first time that Fink had worked with Burnley; he had known the singer since high school. All four members of the band are from Wilkes-Barre, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania.

When Breaking Benjamin started playing around Wilkes-Barre, they were far from a carbon copy of Lifer -- instead, they favored a radio-friendly post-grunge approach that was aggressive and forceful yet melodic. The band's various influences included, among others, Live, Bush, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana. Burnley has been quoted as saying that at age 14 he taught himself to play guitar by listening to Nirvana's seminal 1991 release Nevermind over and over. Korn and Tool have also been cited as influences, but unlike Korn, Breaking Benjamin doesn't have strong hip-hop leanings and isn't quite alt-metal -- hard alt-rock, certainly, but not quite alt-metal. That isn't to say that Breaking Benjamin haven't been influenced by certain aspects of Korn's sound. The Pennsylvanians do incorporate the sort of choppy, downtuned guitars that are quite prevalent in alt-metal, and even though Breaking Benjamin have a lot in common with post-grunge bands like Creed, Default, Cinema8, and Third Eye Blind, they tend to be a bit heavier.

In 2001, Breaking Benjamin's Wilkes-Barre gigs caught the attention of a local radio DJ named Freddie Fabbri, who was an on-air personality at alt-rock station WBSX-FM. Fabbri put their song "Polyamorous" in rotation, and he also financed the recording of their self-titled debut EP -- which, in 2001, ended up selling about 2,000 copies in and around Wilkes-Barre. It was also in 2001 that Breaking Benjamin signed with Hollywood Records, which united the band with Ulrich Wild (a busy producer/engineer who had worked with Powerman 5000, Stabbing Westward, White Zombie, Static-X, Pantera, Slipknot, and quite a few others). Wild served as both producer and engineer on Breaking Benjamin's first full-length album, Saturate, which Hollywood released in August 2002. We Are Not Alone followed two years later, complete with a few collaborations with Billy Corgan; the band landed a primo spot on the Evanescence tour in support of the effort, as three of the album's singles made their way onto the Billboard charts ("So Cold" and "Sooner or Later" both peaked at number two in Mainstream Rock).

Breaking Benjamin issued their third album, Phobia, in August 2006 before heading out on nationwide headlining dates with Evans Blue and Dropping Daylight in tow. The album featured new drummer Chad Szeliga and was spearheaded by the single "The Diary of Jane," which quickly heated up airwaves and helped the album debut at number two on the Billboard charts. Phobia was reissued that fall with additional bonus tracks, while the band continued touring alongside Godsmack. After the tour, Breaking Benjamin dove back into the studio to begin work on their fourth full-length. The resulting Dear Agony, fueled by the first single "I Will Not Bow," arrived in the summer of 2009. More touring followed, including legs with Three Days Grace and Nickelback, before Burnley announced a hiatus due to alcoholism-related health issues. Ensuing legal disputes within the band led to Fink and Klepaski being fired just before a collection, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin, was released in 2011. Szeliga exited the band in 2013. The following year, Burnley confirmed that Breaking Benjamin would continue as a quintet, and in June of 2015 they released their first album of new material in six years, Dark Before Dawn, with Burnley (who also produced), guitarists Jasen Rauch and Keith Wallen, bassist Aaron Bruch, and drummer Shaun Foist. With a notably similar sound to prior releases, its lead single, "Failure," cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. The album became their first American chart-topper. ~ Alex Henderson
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Their new album is great
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I don't like Breaking Benjamin. Just to be honest.
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You know many people say that the band sucks but I am going to be honest. They are making some great music. They haven't really changed in sound. Breaking Benjamin will and always will be my favorite band.
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Lot of people here saying this band went down the drain and they're dead? Personally I love their new songs and so do a lot of other people. And this album was one of their most successful, if not the most.
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alemak6114
I love Breaking Benjamin, a lot of their music is inspirationa l and meaningful. Has helped a lot of people.
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raubmiddle66 6
I have no hate their awesome
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It just doesn't feel the same. 3dg added more rhythm and a decent new start. BB was flipped on its head with their new album. I just wasn't amazed because 2 important band members were kicked out because of that b***h Valora
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This band is the true definition of one hit wonder. One good song is all they have. They are = to Nickleback. So that means for all you fanboys that they suck .
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ALL TIME FAVORITE SONG
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His voice ❤️❤️❤️
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Despite the fact I didn't like Dear Agony nearly as much as any other of their records. They are an amazing band, they sound like a combination of Disturbed and Seether, (along with their original significant sound)
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Doesn't BB Blow Me Away take u back to the days when Halo 2 was just coming out
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Three Days Grace's album was not better than Breaking Benjamin's. I Am Machine was okay, but Failure and Angels Fall are a hell of a lot better than Painkiller and Landmine. 3DG seems a little cookie cutter without Adam.
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What a downfall. 3dg and Disturbed made great comebacks this year, but it might be R.I.P. here. =/
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Not the same without Fink!!!! Damn
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#bossband
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they Rock

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esmith4075
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Ok, now I'm p**sed. I expected things to be back to normal
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Come back to Laredo����
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Just saw them in Richmond VA, amazing show well worth a over 4 hour drive. Cant wait to see them again
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I got to see them in concert at Welcome To Rockville 2015 and they were amazing!
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jadendonahue
Diary of Jane is my fav song
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jadendonahue
Diary of Jane is my fav song
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That guitar/Bass at the beginning makes me hard
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Follow me and I will follow u!!!
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BB is so f**king awesome
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danny88067
Without You lyrics are incorrect. It is Sing Something New not say.
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omg I love this band so much abxjakanxkam
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Awesome band. They still got it despite all they've been through.
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tatenm2
Definitely my favorite band, and they probably will be for the rest of my life.
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Favorite band ever . ��
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It took me a while but I love Breaking Benjamin now. My Dad even has the new album!
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fireflyjar
Diary of Jane sounds like Diarrhea Jane EVERY TIME.
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I think. Unless i am on a totally different page.
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Um. That is quite obvious.
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Two questions.
1 who came up with the name Breaking Benjamin?
2 what part of Benjamin is breaking?
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I will not bow is a good song very deep...
But true.
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Guau
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This song has to have the saddest music video ever
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Will the faithful be rewarded
When we come to the end
Will I miss the final warning
From the lie that I have lived
Is there anybody calling
I can see the soul within
And I am not worthy
I am not worthy of this
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Dark Before Dawn is gold. I've been listening to its songs nonstop lately and I gotta say Breaking the Silence is among my favorites! Y'know, along with Bury Me Alive, Close to Heaven, Failure, and everything else..
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Add me on kik s.siatras
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Omg I love them
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NASCAR 07 lol
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HI
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