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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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Breaking Benjamin is the sickest band in the 2000's
Breaking Benjamin couldn't be better!
I do not know a single song by this band that isn't good
*to the person two posts down* Yes? What do you want? XD Seriously though, this band is great. Also, all of you other people here, Stop saying Great song! if you don't realize you're posting on the band page and not the song page. Please learn to read. XD
Anybody know when they are making a new CD or music period
Halo
I really like this song.
This song is awesome
Love this song
YAY YOU GUYS ARE BACK YESSSSSS :DDDD
Yes
Time to Smash Things again!
Blow Me :-o
I love this song -- I'm SOOOO excited they're back!
Another song that just gives me a rush it's awesome man love it I can listen 2 them all day the ROCK!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
This is one of my many Theme Songs to My Life! This song slowly makes me build up to wanting to smash things.... YEEAAAHHHH!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
chadmaier2
THEY'RE BACK
Follow me and I will follow you back!!
Who else just about sh!t themselves when Breaking Benjamin came back?!
I loved breaking benjamin as i was growing up bc i would hear them on the radio. I live about 2 towns over and my cousin is good friends with ben bc they were in the same homeroom for highschool
I love this band very awesome n epik
You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you will die now that you started reading you can't stop.
They're new album is coming soon! :)
venessa622
You left a hole where my heart should be you gotta fight just to make it through cause I will be the death of you...
Breaking Benjamin awesome song
:D
You rock
Don't read this cuz it actually works. You will be kissed on 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 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 done press f6 and your lovers name come on screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works.
Don't read this bc it actually works. U will be kissed on 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 u will die in2 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 done press 6 and ur lovers name will appear in big letters this is so scary bc it actually works.
Yeah, they're definitely back
I love it hehehe
R u serious? @adtrcc2013
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Breaking Benjamin IS BACK
I love his voice
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They got back together two months ago with drummer Shaun Foist.
u know they broke up awhile ago
The Diary of Jane is a awesome song. XD
XDDDD i love this band!!!! XDDDDDD
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