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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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Love this song !!!!!!
Update the bio.
Wow pinkie ur beautiful
never forget....
hey your not alone :) in this path frends
you can go on without me its ok
Great band
That awkward moment when you realise the song isn't about cake
rosemustang1 7
Breaking Benjamin Kicks A**...but this song is Beyond Kick A**...Love Ben Sooo Bad...Allyso n
atodaro85
Keep playing Ben. F**k flying anywhere. Your American and I wouldn't fly either. These posts are really gay... Band is the s**t. F**k off haters!!!
Hey :)) BenjiX. . . about your post, NOW I SEE WHY YOU WENT THERE WITH HIM lmao. Some ppl have NO RESPECT OR HOME TRAINING
This page is FOR COMMENTING ON MUSIC WTH?!?! May Jesus be with YOU Zach you mention Him, Jesus, but you are doing the OPPOSITE of what He is/is about. YOU'RE STILL VERY YOUNG & HAVE SO much to learn. I have 20 years on you & I'll say your ways & bratty girly tantrums will get old & you'll outgrow them. Btw wearing a Hitler mustache WILL TOO its NOT becoming. YOU'RE 14, FREE YOURSELF OF THE IGNORANCE. Now enough of this a Middle school BS, get going back n 4th. As i wish all children, have a gre
The song is so oh so sick :-) :-) :-)
Nice caps lock b**ch
Your lucky i cant comment on your page motherf**ker . Trust me. You havent done s**t. Cuz thus "ignorant prick" just doesnt want to see your nasty a** black tits on pandora thats all. And did i mention that you will never win this argument? Cuz you cant. Once you start a fight with me, you destined to lose.
Zack the DIM'mortal GROW UP, YOU'RE IGNORANCE WILL GET IN PLACES YOU'LL REGRET FOREVER. TRUST ME. First time =a pass 2 time YOU'RE GOING TO GET WTF YOU ASK FOR., SMALL BRAINS & PRICK? EWWWWWWWWW GO AWAY! NASTY, EMBARRASSING , DISGUSTING, & DISAPPOINTIN G , GO AWAY!
Awesome song and awesome band
nice song
Thank you don't forget me ik its my fault for what i do and done to you please spare me some peace for i did it all for you.......
Ewwww what the f**k black tits. Nasty. Go away.




One of the best bands ever btw.
I like Ben's acoustic recordings. They show off his unique vocals and personality on stage.
svenged sevenfold is better than breaking
BB/YOU = My Eyes ALWAYS close & I take in the voice that I'm SO IN LOVE WITH. When it gets to the last :45 seconds the INTENSITY OF "YOU" BEING SUNG IS FREAKN CRAZY, LMAO i CAN'T get engh.
Omfg the INTENSITY THAT'S IN HIS AMAZING VOICE WITH THE TWIST OF AN IRISH HOTTIE ACCENT. I frig'n LOVE when he says " I KNOW THAT 'PEOPLE BE LIKE'. . . . . . . .AY, WHO'S HAND IS THAT"
nuts... nuts everywhere.. .
Hey BenjiX why don't you get of "zac the immortals" nuts
benbachelor
Hey zac the immortal. Comment on these nuts.
Follow 4 a follow ♡
I wish I had his epic voice
I like how there is the morons that think they are commenting on a song. O slow people. Still the best band.
I love Breaking Benjamin :3 my fav band :)
��this song was the first to make me love this kinds of songs
Ahhhhhhh, this song. XD
Wow first time I had to dislike a breaking Benjamin song :(
Breaking Benjamin is awesome! "You had to have it all..." Such a good song from phobia
ibarraj1987
Follow for follow
I love this band :D It's such a shame they broke up because of their album, Shadow Bay :`( But I LOVE their music :D
Probably my favorite rock band OF ALL TIME
bb is my shiettttt
The feelssss
This sing is part of my f**kin life <3
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tommorow 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 you're done, press f6, and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Favorite f**king band ever!!
I first heard diary of jane but I didn't know It was breaking Benjamin but I can't find one som g to be my favorite
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
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