Breaking Benjamin announce new lineup
2014-08-20 by Christopher Geriak | 97 Comments

After a 5 year hiatus, alternative rock band Breaking Benjamin have just announced their newest members after drummer Chad Szeliga left to pursue a career with
Black Label Society and Aaron Fink and Mark Klepaski were fired.

The new members includes former Red guitarist Jasen Rauch, former Adelitas Way member Keith Wallen as lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Aaron Bruch on bass,
and former member for Picture Me Broken Shaun Foist on drums.

However, it is unsure whether or not a new record is currently being worked on at the moment, but further details are expected to come within the year.

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/breaking_benjamin_tease_new_music_with_video_clip

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Beardog
August 20th 2014
290 Comments


Jasen rauch was kinda already a part of the band, he co-wrote most of the songs, especially on Dear Agony

TheSpirit
August 20th 2014
17803 Comments


There was also a teaser posted, not sure how the article poster missed that

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Evanpowers
August 20th 2014
93 Comments


band is trash

RogueNine
August 20th 2014
1271 Comments


Jasen had a lot of co-writing credit with Red even through their last album. I wonder if this new commitment will change that.

Drummerboy123
August 20th 2014
2353 Comments


Will listen for nostalgic reasons. BB is an alright band.

MuhNamesTyler
August 20th 2014
4018 Comments


Better do as little Benjy says or your ass is gone

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


"Will listen for nostalgic reasons. BB is an alright band."

123

I won't lie, I'm pretty fucking excited.

There was also a teaser posted, not sure how the article poster missed that [2]

"However, it is unsure whether or not a new record is currently being worked on at the moment, but further details are expected to come within the year."

There is a small video of them in the studio posted in their facebook page, I think that's pretty much it.

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d0raz
August 20th 2014
1 Comments


I understand Ben's reason to fire Aaron and Mark and these news are great, I'm looking forward to see more of them. New roster seems promising.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2014
15968 Comments


I'll probably listen

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melonade
August 20th 2014
300 Comments


Oh god just quit already

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kaparoni
August 20th 2014
127 Comments


Dear Agony was great IMO . Hope to hear from them soon

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Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


Dear Agony is great. [2] The only album I haven't enjoyed completely is We Are Not Alone because it had a lot of meh songs.

tresm87
August 20th 2014
827 Comments


maybe they can bring more energy or some aspects that could make this band reach their full potential. they've always squandered a bit though i enjoy their albums.

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emester
August 20th 2014
3208 Comments


lol this band

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SnakeDelilah
August 20th 2014
7107 Comments


dear agony had some jams yea

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RivalSkoomaDealer
August 20th 2014
773 Comments


I dont care.

SnakeDelilah
August 20th 2014
7107 Comments


then why did you bother commenting itt

Durrzo
August 20th 2014
1105 Comments


Enjoyed this band a lot when I was younger, not sure what I'll think of new material from them now, but I'll check it out.

tempest--
August 20th 2014
13429 Comments


"omg"
- fromtheinside

nononsense
August 20th 2014
3376 Comments


Oh god just quit already

They quit for 5 years.

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kaparoni
August 20th 2014
127 Comments


"They quit for 5 years."

Naa . Ben had some health issues and he fired the rest of the band mates . It was an hiatus .

tempest--
August 20th 2014
13429 Comments


"hiatus" is just a way of quitting for pussies who can't commit to their decisions

DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


Could be good.

kaparoni
August 20th 2014
127 Comments


""hiatus" is just a way of quitting for pussies who can't commit to their decisions"

You know , sometimes you not sure it's the right thing to do and need more time to think about it .
Moreover , don't forget Ben 's health wasn't so good . I think it's fair enough . Don't you think ?

DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


Not going to lie, I'm pretty fucking excited. Might get a different change in sound.

Toondude10
August 20th 2014
3926 Comments


Wow, people besides me and Snide actually care about this band?

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Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


My only concern is that I may not enjoy it as much as the other albums because of obvious reasons.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


@Toondude10: I used to fanboy hard for them. Even though I don't jam them frequently I still really really like them.

DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


from that teaser i pretty much shit my pants in excitement. so much potential for a fresh sound. i cant fucking wait

Friday13th
August 20th 2014
2423 Comments


Not gonna lie, I still jam some of their best songs from time to time.

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DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


They aren't fucking Nickelback. No guilty pleasure here. Band rules.

EvoHavok
August 20th 2014
1359 Comments


This could turn out well.

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Toondude10
August 20th 2014
3926 Comments


[2]

Muisc4Life26
August 20th 2014
2666 Comments


omg the 14 year old in me squealed like a baby

Betray
August 20th 2014
2911 Comments


I used to fanboy hard for them. Even though I don't jam them frequently I still really really like them. [2]

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Dancedrewdance
August 20th 2014
530 Comments


weird

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Green Baron
August 20th 2014
20000 Comments


someone told me there were 3 guitarists

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Toondude10
August 20th 2014
3926 Comments


Burnley, Rauch, and Wallen are all on guitar

titanslayer
August 20th 2014
1708 Comments


I gotta admit I'm kinda excited

DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


Yeah, i was wondering why the hell there is 3 guitars. Must be going for a super heavy sound.

titanslayer
August 20th 2014
1708 Comments


I really can't imagine them needing three guitars

Dancedrewdance
August 20th 2014
530 Comments


why were fink and klepaski fired though?

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


Because of the Blow Me Away remix, I think.

sapient
August 20th 2014
1991 Comments


Gonna sound over-saturated as fuck with 3 guitars

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BassDemon333
August 20th 2014
3376 Comments


Burnley has one of the best voices in mainstream rock. Looking forward to new music from these guys.

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TheSupernatural
August 20th 2014
1173 Comments


Looking forward to this. I really don't know what to expect but it should be good.

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LepreCon
August 20th 2014
4075 Comments


Hopefully it is a change for the better

Drummerboy123
August 20th 2014
2353 Comments


'why were fink and klepaski fired though?'

They basically made the Blow me Away music video without Ben's permission and he got a bit pissy since it's his band pretty much.

TheSupernatural
August 20th 2014
1173 Comments


Not exactly, they authorized this band Valora to do a pretty shitty remix of the song and I think Ben was pissed when he heard it, not to mention they went behind his back to do it

wwf
August 20th 2014
703 Comments


That Valora remix was godawful

Band's usually not too shabby, used to listen to them a lot. And since Rauch is actually in the band now this incarnation is probably about as legitimately Breaking Benjamin as the last incarnation

Also kinda unrelated but I never really understood why Red is received fairly well and Breaking Benjamin isn't on this site

Breaking Benjamin is marginally better imoimo

wwf
August 20th 2014
703 Comments


Eww I just listened to the Valora version again and it's even worse than I remember

The harmonies on the chorus are literally the worst thing I've ever heard

Music video is great tho

DrGonzo1937
August 20th 2014
5658 Comments


I can see where Ben was coming from with it tbh, but he was still a douche for firing them.

CutMan
August 20th 2014
1788 Comments


Oh, man, I was worried it was over for Breaking Benjamin. I am relieved I was wrong.

SirDrumsalot
August 20th 2014
1553 Comments


I know lots of people dont like these guys, or him, cause their too mainstream. But I still like them, and am excited for this!

Romulus
August 20th 2014
8434 Comments


BREAKING ROMULUS RISES

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2014
15968 Comments


I believe I played the tambourine for that band

PorcelainRain
August 20th 2014
537 Comments


REPAIRING VULCAN FALLS

WashCloth
August 20th 2014
58 Comments


gonna sound like kyuss with 3 guitars

hopefully

Koffiiing
August 20th 2014
1127 Comments


whats gucci middle school

Koffiiing
August 20th 2014
1127 Comments


inb4 post/sludge metal 5/5 release

Dancedrewdance
August 20th 2014
530 Comments


ah thank you everyone who responded and thanks supernatural for clarifying

Kupasexy15
August 20th 2014
15 Comments


Say what you want about Breaking Benjamin being butt rock, but the hard rock/post grunge got intolerable during their hiatus. Three Days Grace has gotten progressively worse, Seether, Nickelback, etc. The last really good post/grunge CD was Shinedown's "Sound of Madness." Simply, Breaking Benjamin's melodic hooks are better and more consistent than the rest of the pack.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


Even more simply: Burnley has the best voice in the pack. He does some good harsh vocals too.

Kupasexy15
August 20th 2014
15 Comments


Oh, and contrary to popular belief, some of their non-single stuff is great and shows depth that most people don't associate with them: "Forget It" and "You Fight Me."

And really, how many don't jam to "Polyamorous," "So Cold," "Sooner or Later," "Blow Me Away," "The Diary of Jane" and "Breath"? Admittedly, "Dear Agony" was a step back, but their first three LPs should be shown to anyone who wants to know what 2000s Post Grunge/Hard Rock sounded like some 50 years from now.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


Calm down, this thread is almost made of praise only.

Kupasexy15
August 20th 2014
15 Comments


I disagree, actually. For me, Brent Smith of Shinedown has the best chops. Corey Taylor is second when he's singing for Stone Sour. Burnley, however, is the most dynamic. His voice naturally kind of settles to a melodic rasp which is a cross between his harsh and tender vocals. He can surprisingly transition from this median to any of those poles with a natural ease that I don't think is matched.

Kupasexy15
August 20th 2014
15 Comments


Sorry, just excited.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


I am too. :]

Spice
August 20th 2014
33 Comments


They made a lot of good songs, hopefully this isn't a bust.

scottpilgrim10
August 20th 2014
3406 Comments


Diary of Jane is a good single, but I have not expectations for this

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Friday13th
August 20th 2014
2423 Comments


Ben's voice is the best thing about the band. I hope he can still sing after all his health problems.

TheGreatQ
August 20th 2014
1391 Comments


Fuck yes!

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Toondude10
August 20th 2014
3926 Comments


To be fair, there are a few good vocalists in the mainstream world. Burnley included.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


I used to like Skillet's vocalist, but he got meh in their last effort (well, everything was meh there...).

dfevil085
August 20th 2014
35 Comments


Can't wait.

bloc
August 20th 2014
34847 Comments


They should name everyone in the band Benjamin

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KjSwantko
August 20th 2014
9277 Comments


Band is pretty alright as far as mainstream music goes.

Sabrutin
August 20th 2014
875 Comments


Yep.

furpa
August 20th 2014
47 Comments


I'm genuinely surprised that the Sputnik community has responded so positively to this news.
Doesn't bother me though, I used to love this band. This is pretty exciting.

TheSupernatural
August 21st 2014
1173 Comments


I really wish they'd put out a sludge album instead of post-grunge

MuhNamesTyler
August 21st 2014
4018 Comments


I laughed so hard when I found out the singers name is actually Benjamin

Toondude10
August 21st 2014
3926 Comments


You just found that out?

MuhNamesTyler
August 21st 2014
4018 Comments


nah I found out when all the shit went down with him firing everybody, that made it even more funny

Toondude10
August 21st 2014
3926 Comments


Oh, that makes sense then :P

MuhNamesTyler
August 21st 2014
4018 Comments


Yee I'm just poking fun though, still gonna check their new stuff cause nostalgia

DrGonzo1937
August 21st 2014
5658 Comments


How the band name came about is terrible.

MuhNamesTyler
August 21st 2014
4018 Comments


Prior to becoming a band, Benjamin Burnley performed as a solo act. Once, he knocked over and cracked a borrowed microphone. The owner of this microphone came onto the stage and said "I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my f**king microphone."


So Deep, makes me ponder my existence


DrGonzo1937
August 21st 2014
5658 Comments


Just awful

Toondude10
August 21st 2014
3926 Comments


lol

Mutantsnowstorm
August 21st 2014
111 Comments


I have a friend who will be very excited to hear this

wwf
August 21st 2014
703 Comments


'inb4 post/sludge metal 5/5 release'


if God loves the world he would make this happen

VaxXi
August 21st 2014
438 Comments


I myself welcome our new Breaking Benjamin overlords.

Seriously though, I can't wait to hear Ben's sweet butter voice again.

BaseballJames
August 22nd 2014
375 Comments


Fucking love Breaking Benjamin. Hope the new album kicks ass.

DeadStarShine
September 13th 2014
775 Comments


I really hope they take a look at Saturate. It remains their most spontaneous and raw album, two points they missed for the last two albums.

DotEight
September 13th 2014
5530 Comments


Interesting. I've always liked Ben, even through his alcoholism days. Dear Agony was tight.

Dreakon
September 13th 2014
361 Comments


Phobia was my jam in the first year or two of college. I'm pretty psyched for this.

MuhNamesTyler
September 13th 2014
4018 Comments


Dudes just got a cool voice



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