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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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This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You wil.either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
You hot ...
Log fire = rain
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes, when done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works.
freddiewinch e s t e r 6 7
i love this band because i can relate to every song and its just helped me through super hard times
Love this band !!
I KNOW YOUR HEART!❤️
Love this band!:) great music
This band!!! Man they can turn even the worst day into the best.
Love this band
no offense but I just cant get into ur music :(
bb.❤️
Completely love these guys!!!!!!!
BB is back!!!!!!
The whole album of Phobia is their best work by far. Great poet.
like it all, but Breath is my fave song by them!!!!
corycarp7676
Awesome
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Same :D
Absolutely in love with this band. I have almost every tshirt if theirs! I pretty much worship Breaking Benjamin <3
#1 fan
So went to the bottom of the comments and some Chicne guy seems to b dissing BB well all i have to say to this f**got is I WILL SUMMON SATAN OUTSIDE UR HOUSE AND WATCH AS HE DRAGS UR WHOLE FAMILY INCLUDING U INTO HELL THEN I WILL GO TO HELL AND SIT ON A THRONE NEXT TO SATAN AND MAKE SURE U BURN FOR ALL ETERNITY
bellalynn908 7 6 2
Love breaking Benjamin
midnightdrea m e r ...bruh
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
And Bejamin Burnley you say to many cus words last time I watched you're video where you said you where going to mess up and what if a little girl about 5 years old and stated saying that you should think more about music and YOUR FANS, LITTLE FANS. And those of you who dont know who Benjamjn Burnley is he is the lead singer or vocals, and gutarist of Breaking Benjamim and even if Benjamin doesnt have pandora then this is going to stay here until he does thats only if he dosent, so thats all
Go Breaking Benjamin or there shot one B B, FYI emmaedgell11 7 9 not true my freinds freind showed me that comment and not true and who know good luck happeneds anytime and you dont even know it
DO NOT READ THIS because it actually works. you willl be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next two days. Now you've started reading so don't stop this is scary. put this on 5 songs in the next 143 min. when done press f6 and your lovers name will come
Love this band they have the best songs and they know all the right ways to show the type of emotions that we all go through at some point in our life. They ate just one of hose since in a lifetime bands.
A**
Breaking Benjamin FTW!!!! :) Also really there's going to be a new Breaking Benjamin album soon? Be careful because it could just be rumors, before I start believing that stuff I would look at they're website and find out for sure. And yes Breaking Benjamin is a Christian band, how many times do I have to tell you guys that "Derps" :)
If u hate BB...do us all a favor and slit your throat.>:(
Did anyone else hear about the January release of a new album? I hope it's not hear say. Haven't read anyone else's post so don't judge
BB for life
My favorite song is : dance with the devil
Sometimes Burnley sounds a whole lot like a Christian. What do you guys think?
good song
fanfxckingta s t i c
Diary of Jane <3
I'm really glad Breaking Benjamin is finally back :D
Had Enough. Great song!
crwkeeton
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by your crush. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Post this on 5 songs in 143 and when you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear
more like skillit than diturbed
gladys.tineo
This guy reminds me of the group Disturbed. I have a feeling one or two of them were in that band at some point. They're awesome!! You guys rock!!!
toddhmmr
One of my favorite bands of all time. So many great songs.
josh_verdega a l
Nicko25008 I hate you Breaking Benjamin is rock!!!!!
gbush563
This band ain't rock. BB blows
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