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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 alternative 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. (Philadelphia and its suburbs are considered southeastern 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 include, 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 alternative metal -- hard alternative rock, certainly, but not quite alternative metal. However, 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 alterna-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 alterna-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 has worked with Powerman 5000, Stabbing Westward, White Zombie, Static-X, Pantera, Slipknot, and quite a few others). Wild serves 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. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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my first song was blow me away
20hilyrh
:D this was the first song I heard from them. I know it word of word. Singing it as I type!!! :D
This song is so true
Follow and I will follow back and also love u Breaking Benjamin
bilbo0304
Love their sound!
at 1:37 in You, the guitar is sick
Great band and way too many misguided childish fans ... Considering the comments below ... Grow up kids and get over it ... It never gets easier ... Life is hard but worth it if you can stop blaming and get to work ... We all have issues to overcome ... You chose this life ... Accept it, move on and appreciate what's around you ... Case in point, thank you BB ... Always been a fan!
Kiss ur left Hand say ur crushes name put it in 4 songs and ur crush will ask u out it happened to me once follow me Laney Penn from Grojband
Into the nothing .!!!!!
Blow me away is my fav song form the
Can't stop listening. For years and years more music needed. Its perfect blend
People need to realize that these pages we post comments are for the artist in general. When you say you love a particular song, we have no idea which song you're referring to. There are song pages for that. Click on each one from the albums.
Picture this at the end of hell boy and the golden army =)
1 kiss your left hand
2 Say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
This is my fave song
Love this song
Why are they so depressing /:l
Haha
Halo 2 <3
Nice
lol
benbachelor
It has everything to do with it tin man.
corbinfonten o t
This makes me laugh knowing it has to do with the wizard of oz lol
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crush's name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say your name
6 post this on 15 more songs and on the day you picked your crush will ask you out no joke
This song is forever in a special place in my heart
Skillet doesn't have explicit content? Well that depends on how you define 'explicit'. Because anything involving faith, is certainly not explicit, it's the exact opposite
sam6976
Skillet Doesn't even have explicit content!
sam6976
i like b.b but you fans of B.B should try skillet they are both awsome!
Follow me and scythe radio if you like this
This song never gets old, love it! Love Breaking Benjamin ❤
sam6976
2 bad they stoped makeing songs
I love this so much
Awesome band!!!
Love breaking Benjamins
Love this song!
rosemustang1 7
Sorry U guys have looser comments cause U Rock Sooo Good...Loved U for past 6 years...Sing e r is sooo Hot...Ally
Stop posting that don't read this, because it works bullshit!! Its f**king ridiculous!! !
Get back together already and get back to makin sick music!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
1. Open your hand
2. Kiss your left hand
3. Say your crushes name 3x
4. Say your name 3x
5. Post this on two other songs and your crush will ask you out tomorrow
@Swag Master .08 (:|) @Zach the Immortal Well you obviously don't know my family. When you find out that your grandfather abused your mother, that your uncle murdered your aunt, that your aunt and uncle tried to sell you for drugs or that your family has called dcfs to get you and your siblings taken away for dumb s**t that's not even sort of true then you can tell me that its f**ked up for me to say s**t like that.
Search for answers I knew all along, I lost myself, we all fall down, Never the wiser of what I've become, Alone I stand a broken man.
cheyanneandj u b i
Don't read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life . However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters . This is so scary because it actually works.
@tiny princess
Woah. . . Thats cruel.
That just lowered my self-esteem.
:'(
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