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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 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 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 alt-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 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 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. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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hi
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Rock music is life....
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soundguydez
The original from the EP was WAY better. Don't like female vocals on this remix.
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Great F**kin song!
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Hell* I MEANT HELL lol
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Band* oops
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Hey I am 14 if there is any rock chick's out there or just anyone that wants to talk then hit me up and Breaking Benjamin is one he'll of a banf
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Nice
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I love this group.
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Love this song
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Breaking benjamin rock's. I love em.
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LP doesnt even come close to BB on any level. Love all benjamin songs
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1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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..this one specially
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Glad to see a lot of good bands coming back
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Lyric section is back. Woohoo.
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I'm glad they finally got lyrics back
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FINALLY LYRIC SECTION IS BACK!
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The only band beter than them is Linkin Park
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not sure how Breaking benjamin measures up to LP...BB didnt change their sound 15 times to get an audience...
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mistresselvi r a h
I havent listened to one of their songs that i did not like...they come second to Linkin Park in my book
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⚡️♠️⚡️❤️⚡️♠️
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✨❤️✨
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⚡️❤️⚡️
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Your so cold don't judge botch lol
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This s**t go hard as hell
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Be good never curse anyone love your Neibor cause 3 fold is a b**ch this actually works...
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...to
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And I just feel like s**t
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Hey guys I need someone to talk to because my step dad is abusing me and my brothers and my mom and I can't take it anymore I just want to kill my self because what's going on in my life so some one please help me ):
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ivy531
brain?
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bwithnell115 9
Great lyrics. They've came along way
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boring bands
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I love the song broken!
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Love them saw them twice in concert I got water thrown at me by Ben burnley. 'Twas a good time.
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trumpet81397
That moment when someome uses there* instead of their* lol please go back to high school.
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I love there songs
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Best band ever
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So Cold,, good tune. .ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Best band ever!!!!!! My fave song is "I will not bow"
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Amaze balls!! Diary of Jane, failure, cold,evil angel and I bought basically every song in ITunes!
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one of my all time favorite bands
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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 spray of your life. How ever if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary out this on 5 other songs in 143 minuets. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so scary because it actually works.
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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 two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on. The screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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How can Benjamin live with that bunch of phobias??!!? ! ! ? ! ? ? !
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I did
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New to this band. They seem cool :3
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This is one of my son's favorite bands. I don't like them though.
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