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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dark Before Dawn

1. Dark

2. Failure

3. Angels Fall

4. Breaking The Silence

5. Hollow

6. Close To Heaven

7. Bury Me Alive

8. Never Again

9. The Great Divide

10. Ashes Of Eden

11. Defeated

12. Dawn

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Track List: Failure (Single)

1. Failure

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Track List: Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin

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Track List: Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin Deluxe Edition (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Polyamorous

2. Skin

3. Medicate

4. So Cold

5. Sooner Or Later

6. Rain

7. The Diary Of Jane

8. Breath

9. Until The End

10. I Will Not Bow

11. Lights Out

12. Give Me A Sign

13. Blow Me Away (Feat. Valora)

Disc 2

1. Ordinary Man

2. Water

3. Who Wants To Live Forever

4. I Will Not Bow

5. Better Days

6. Polyamorous

7. Lie To Me

8. Lady Bug

9. Enjoy The Silence

10. Until The End

11. Breath

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Track List: Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin (Clean)

1. Polyamorous

2. Skin

3. Medicate

4. So Cold

5. Sooner Or Later

6. Rain

7. The Diary Of Jane

8. Breath

9. Until The End

10. I Will Not Bow

11. Lights Out

12. Give Me A Sign

13. Blow Me Away (Featuring Valora)

14. Water (EP Version)

15. Had Enough (Live Acoustic)

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Track List: Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin (Explicit)

1. Polyamorous

2. Skin

3. Medicate

4. So Cold

5. Sooner Or Later

6. Rain

7. The Diary Of Jane

8. Breath

9. Until The End

10. I Will Not Bow

11. Lights Out

12. Give Me A Sign

13. Blow Me Away (Feat. Valora)

14. Water

15. Had Enough

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Track List: Blow Me Away (Single)

1. Blow Me Away

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Track List: Dear Agony (Radio Single)

1. Dear Agony

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Track List: Dear Agony

1. Fade Away

2. I Will Not Bow

3. Crawl

4. Give Me A Sign

5. Hopeless

6. What Lies Beneath

7. Anthem Of The Angels

8. Lights Out

9. Dear Agony

10. Into The Nothing

11. Without You

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Track List: Breaking Benjamin: Digital Box Set (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. Wish I May

2. Medicate

3. Polyamorous

4. Skin

5. Natural Life

6. Next To Nothing

7. Water

8. Home

9. Phase

10. No Games

11. Sugarcoat

12. Shallow Bay

13. Forever

Disc 2

1. So Cold (Remix)

2. Simple Design

3. Follow

4. Firefly

5. Break My Fall

6. Forget It

7. Sooner Or Later

8. Breakdown

9. Away

10. Believe

11. Rain

12. Rain (Alternate Single Version)

Disc 3

1. Intro

2. The Diary Of Jane

3. Breath

4. You

5. Evil Angel

6. Until The End

7. Dance With The Devil

8. Topless

9. Here We Are

10. Unknown Soldier

11. Had Enough

12. You Fight Me

13. Outro

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Track List: Phobia

1. Intro

2. The Diary Of Jane

3. Breath

4. You

5. Evil Angel

6. Until The End

7. Dance With The Devil

8. Topless

9. Here We Are

10. Unknown Soldier

11. Had Enough

12. You Fight Me

13. Outro

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Track List: Phobia (Explicit) (Bonus Track Version)

1. Intro

2. The Diary Of Jane

3. Breath

4. You

5. Evil Angel

6. Until The End

7. Dance With The Devil

8. Topless

9. Here We Are

10. Unknown Soldier

11. Had Enough

12. You Fight Me

13. Outro

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Track List: Phobia (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. The Diary Of Jane

3. Breath

4. You

5. Evil Angel

6. Until The End

7. Dance With The Devil

8. Topless

9. Here We Are

10. Unknown Soldier

11. Had Enough

12. You Fight Me

13. Outro

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Track List: The Diary Of Jane

1. The Diary Of Jane

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Track List: Rain

1. Rain

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Track List: So Cold EP

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Track List: We Are Not Alone

1. So Cold

2. Simple Design

3. Follow

4. Firefly

5. Break My Fall

6. Forget It

7. Sooner Or Later

8. Breakdown

9. Away

10. Believe

11. Rain

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Track List: We Are Not Alone (Clean Version)

1. So Cold (Remix)

2. Simple Design (Album Version (Edited))

3. Follow (Radio Edit)

4. Firefly (Album Version (Edited))

5. Break My Fall (Album Version (Edited))

6. Forget It

7. Sooner Or Later

8. Breakdown

9. Away

10. Believe

11. Rain

12. Rain (Alternate Single Version)

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Track List: Saturate

1. Wish I May

2. Medicate

3. Polyamorous

4. Skin

5. Natural Life

6. Next To Nothing

7. Water

8. Home

9. Phase

10. No Games

11. Sugarcoat

12. Shallow Bay

13. (unnamed)

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Track List: Lights Out (CD Single)

1. Lights Out

2. Lights Out

3. Lights Out

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Track List: Lights Out (Radio Single)

1. Lights Out

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Love it all so much ���� so sick
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Intense feelings with this band.Totally part of how to deal with life for me. Thanks for your work breaking Benjamin!
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I love Anthem of the angels. That is a very awesome song
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One of my favorite bands of its era. Frickin awesome! The newest Breaking Ben that has come out within the last 2 years is unbelievably good too!
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Chillz...... e v e r y . . . . . . f r i c k i n . . . . . . . . t i m e . . . . . Y e e e e e a a a a a a h h h h ! ! ! !
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Awesome BAND its very cool you know since umm I'm emo So yeah......
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My favorite band since the day I heard so cold. Saw you guys at the hard rock Las Vegas. One of the best days of my life. Amazing line up. Nothing more, Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown.
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My fave band ❤love them!
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You take the BREATH right out of me !!!! BREAKING BENJAMIN IS ONE BAD A** BAND !!!! ROCK ON
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I am pondering a time when life was innocent. Shedding tears for you guys. I'm a beautiful Pennsylvania n like all of you. Meaning and passion go beyond my soul. I just have a memory of another life hanging out with you... my senses absorb the environment. Keep making me dreaming!
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Happy birthday to the fabulous Benjamin Burnley!
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I love you dudes! You have such awesome songs! �������� If someone told me to take a bullet for you dudes, I wouldn't because that's just stupid.
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Love this song so f**king much
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That's gay
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CAN you too BELIEVE IT IS BREAKING BENJAMIN bad a**.....����
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I have to listen to this song for all eternity
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U always get what u deserve. #God
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Mighy. Good. Luv the version
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Man this is a good tune
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U had to have it all didn't u??? Had Enough excellent tune... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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I'm not that big of a fan of Breaking Benjamin, the song Diary of Jane however, made me change my mind!
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❤❤Love this song ❤❤❤
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I like the new band, But like the 4 piece better. Bring back the boys Ben
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*weed
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Saw them with Korn a little while back. Effen awesome!!!
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favorite band of all time.. after i heard i will not bow i was hooked
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I never heard of until the end before. Catchy song though.
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