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Breaking Benjamin

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 hasn'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 has 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 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. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on two other songs look under your pillow
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one of my favorite bands
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like the new song hollow
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Love Breaking Benjamin!!
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Awesome band!!
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Awesome lows
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fabulous.a
Love em
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Love it
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Never heard of them but wow ohh
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Follow me and I will follow you back
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This band has the Potato seal of approval!
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Love this band!!!!-)
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My favorite album is saturate
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Breaking Benjamin is the modern rock group that I can tolerate the most. I find their music less derivative and more interesting to listen to than Three Days Grace.
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I swear, every song of them I can relate. It's always of me struggles with myself. Me in the battle. Me in the war. I may be losing right now, but f**k it's hard. I love Breaking Benjamin. I cried when they came back together. I'm so glad.
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Great music, great group. Breaking Benjamin makes my days better
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The first time I heard this song I was like ooooooooohhh h h h h h : 0
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Say Ariana brande 5 times, clap your hands, and follow me, then check your singing voice, My voice sounds better a lot.
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ricksastar22
new album out! it rocks!
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Ah, sweet nostalgia every time I listen to Breaking Benjamin.
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Kiss your hand 10 times and post this on 2 other songs look at your hand
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Awsome for life
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bwagz04
Dark Before Dawn is their best album yet my favorite band when it comes to rock/metal music!
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Works
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Post on five different songs
Your love of your life will kiss you n the closest Friday
If you don't do it all you will DIE in two days.
Then press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big bold letters.
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Awesome best band ever
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My mom grew up with Mark James Klepowski o_O they were in Pennsylvania . Mark played baseball with my uncle mark
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oran7655
The guy's are the greatest, I've lived then since they started and they just better!
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LOOOOOVE
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Kiss your hand 10 times and post this on 2 other songs look at your hand
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Follow for follow breaking Benjamin is f**king awsome
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They F**king Rock!! I'm good friends with their producer and I get all their cool new s**t.. Pics and all!! Love them❤️❤️❤️
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Their SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD
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Holy crap the album is out FINALLY. I'M SO HAAAPPPPPPYY Y Y !
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Omg breaking Benjamin is seriously a daily part of my life i have to listen to them at least once a day i can listen to the same songs over and over,
Here we are
Evil angel
Dance wirh the devil
Topless
<3 Love you guys!
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selemag73
Diary of Jane, acoustic version. Why doesn't pandora have a repeat?
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Can't For Tomorrow Album Of My #1 Bands
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Amazing ^_^
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Something always gets in the way will never let that stop you
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i think its going to be out soon if not now!
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Can't wait for the new album!!! <3
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will be injured (but not die) in two days now you started don't stop post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your lovers name will pop up in big letters .
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but won't die) in two days now you started so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is scary because it actually works
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Lo he bien ante : le nube ante San su km c
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! ir ni r Sigan Nadie ante Muerte Norte no he
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Nascar 07
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So excited for the new album, love them.
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In diary of Jane my mom made a parody and that parody makes me still 11 wich I am I'm just using my step dad's old phone
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New drummer Shaun Foist is a badass
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Really good song.
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I've been counting down how many days until the new album comes out. Only 8 more days! :D
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