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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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Wow this song f@€@ing rock!!!
What song? :)
Amazing song ever i got caught singin this in class
What their getting new members?! Yes BB will rock again :D
My Favorite!
They are coming back, with new members and new music. Yes!
Breaking ben is da best :D
Love. By far my favorite. :)
What lies beneath<3 This band is my top favorite. Got me through a lot of f**ked up s**t. Thanks guys<3 keep making sick a** music
I love breaking benjamin... Theyre music is amazing
Awesome band... follow 4 follow
My favorite song of theirs is "I will not bow"
Diary of Jane <3
They're a awesome band :) I love the song, Without You and another song. Haha, I forgot what the name of the song is that is my favorite ;)

I can't face the dark without you
There's nothing to lose
The fighting never ends
Love them follow meh
Great band awesome
They have so many songs that are much better than blow me away and hopeless. Also Ben hopefully will start writing music again here soon.
Love them. I love diary of Jane
Why give up? Why give in? Its not enough, it never is , so I will go on until the end...
Blow me away is my favorite and hopeless is my second favorite all the others are alright but good band sucks that they broke up the band :(
Tyler's right listen to the drums and other they rarely play any music anymore BB has a good meaning to their songs that's what makes them good :|
Jeff do you even know what BBs songs mean?
Jeff go f**k yourself they are a great band who put a lot in to their music don't just listen to the lyrics listen to the drums and guitar even the bass everything is it's own thing it's just stacked like a sandwich which makes the songs great it's kinda like a puzzle
My favorite Breaking Benjamin songs are Blow Me Away, Unknown Soldier, Sooner or Later, Firefly and Into The Nothing.
secondary82g
If u read this comment ur true love will kiss u on the nearest friday. But...u have to post this comment on 5 other songs in 143 minitues or u will die in 2 days
They got in a fight about who owned the band
My favorite band the song believe was amazing !
I love their song dear agony best of all their songs for sure
What happened between them? Idk what happened
Bb and disturbed r my favorite bands
Love the remix of this song and the original

XD
Jeff u like justin f**got
haha who'd ever waste their time to hate on such a beautiful band? Rock on BB, I hope you get back together again.
Shut up jeff this band is an amazing band
There guitarist is terible and their singer is a wannabe
maxcass01
I wish they could put their legal issues behind them and get back together! Great band!
Follow 4 follow.... awesome freakin band
Same joshua same
Hopeful to see this band back together!
Follow for a follow
I love this song. It's really awesome. I really hope Ben gets better tho.
Ki
If this band got back together, I would be the happiest person alive
Love it /-^
Aww dang really? I hope they didn't break up
Heard they broke up, ever getting back together?
Breaking Benjamin is so perfect, I truly love all their songs and they are so... real.
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