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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: Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin

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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: 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: 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: 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: Failure (Single)

1. Failure

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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Breaking Benjamin is my life ❤��
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One of my favorite bands, your music is timeless~ UuU
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Your music has just... It make me happy b.b. Keep on making music please! My favorite 3 songs you made are dance with the devil, diary of jane, and I will not bow.
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allencorrell
Agree with previous posters. If you get a chance to see them live, take it! Very fun show, especially if they do their version of the Imperial March.
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Love you guys keep up the good work




Btw i love this song
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ericreyes79
They rocked Open Air Chicago this weekend they still got it!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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All their albums except the latest you rock breaking Benjamin!
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Love this band! BB and Shinedown are my top two bands I listen to.
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Coming to Tampa in October with Korn--im threre!!!!!
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Stay with me don't let me go. Cuz there's nothing left at all
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love it
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1 of my top favorite songs by them.failure explains part of how I feel .
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Love this song
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Youre so COLD
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Lol Frosty
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Smack God
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Blurryface so let me ask would ya like that? Would ya like that?
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I will not bow is one of the bands classics
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I will try to find my place in In the Diary of Jane
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I follow you, you follow me
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love blow me away
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Love this song
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LOVE BB SO MUCH ♥️♥️♥️♥️����
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Bob's sage

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If u don't like as ya call this BILLSHIT... Don't listen dude...lol.. . . E v e r y d a y an everyone isn't u Mr MYSELF...lol
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noevidencefo u n d
For the love of god quit playing this bullshit music
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This band sucks big hairy gorilla balls
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Great Jam by Breaking Benjamin Had enough, this rocks I like it. Rock on!
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Coment on my profile if you want yo f**k
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I'm obsessed with this song ��������
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Love diary of Jane when I here this song I'm Rollin to this song ����
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DONT READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOU LIFE.NOWYOU' V E STARTED READING THIS.DONT STOP THIS IS FREAKY.BUTIF YOU READ THIS AND IGNORE IT YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK.PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN.WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.....
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My family and I love you guys rock on, hope to see you guys in concert soon
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Love them guys been a big fan since they came out keep it up music matters
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linkx20009
DONT READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOU LIFE.NOWYOU' V E STARTED READING THIS.DONT STOP THIS IS FREAKY.BUTIF YOU READ THIS AND IGNORE IT YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK.PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN.WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.....
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best thing ever this site just gave me a iTunes Card Code absolutely free! If you want one here: http://freei t u n e s f o r e v e r . c o m
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I love "i will not bow" because it re minds me of kiba and blue fighting from wolf rain if anybody likes possibly action of battle between good and evil you need to see wolfs rain but you have to see it Engesh .____.sry advertising i love i will not bow
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Without you on dear agony is the best song I have ever heard, it makes me tear up listening to it.
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I love this band I have all their songs and they have inspired me to write songs and play guitar
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They are great the way he or they are
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Ok they and or he is and or are amazing eater way
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Actually most of the BIO is correct Ben went on hiatus due to  Wernicke–Ko r s a k o f f syndrome which is caused by alcoholism
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The stuff in the bio isn't right... Ben went on hiatus from respiratory issues, not alcoholism. And Fink/Klepask i were fired because they were the ones that authorized and organized Shallow Bay: The Best of BB without discussing it with Ben at all. Just thought that should be said .-.
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