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Breaking Benjamin

In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski made a surprising and unexpected decision: they leftLifer,analternativemetal band that was signed to Universal and was gaining commercial acceptance. Fink and Klepaski departed Lifer(whichwasoriginally calledStrangers with Candy) so that they could join forces with singer Ben Burnley and drummer JeremyHummel and formBreakingBenjamin. Whywould Fink and Klepaski leave a band that had a contract with Universal to form a newalternative rock band that, atthe time,was unsigned?According to Breaking Benjamin's press releases, ...read more

In late 2000, guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark James Klepaski made a surprising and unexpected decision: they leftLifer,analternativemetal band that was signed to Universal and was gaining commercial acceptance. Fink and Klepaski departed Lifer(whichwasoriginally calledStrangers with Candy) so that they could join forces with singer Ben Burnley and drummer JeremyHummel and formBreakingBenjamin. Whywould Fink and Klepaski leave a band that had a contract with Universal to form a newalternative rock band that, atthe time,was unsigned?According to Breaking Benjamin's press releases, the ex-members of Liferhad so much faith in Burnley's songwritingtalentsthat they werewilling to take a gamble and uproot themselves. So in late 2000,Breaking Benjamin got started with a four-man lineupthatconsisted ofBurnley on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Fink on leadguitar, Klepaski on bass, and Hummel on drums. Breaking Benjaminwasn'tthe firsttime that Fink had worked with Burnley; he hadknown the singer since high school. All four members of the band are fromWilkes-Barre,asmall 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 aradio-friendly post- grunge approach that was aggressive and forceful yet melodic. The band's various influences include, amongothers,Live,Bush,Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nirvana. Burnley has been quoted as saying that at age 14, he taughthimself to play guitarbylistening toNirvana's seminal 1991 release Nevermind over and over. Korn and Tool have also beencited as influences, but unlikeKorn,BreakingBenjamin doesn't have strong hip-hop leanings and isn't quite alternative metal --hard alternative rock, certainly, but notquitealternativemetal. However, that isn't to say that Breaking Benjamin hasn't beeninfluenced by certain aspects of Korn's sound.ThePennsylvanians doincorporate the sort of choppy, downtuned guitars that arequite prevalent in alternative metal, and even thoughBreakingBenjamin has a lotin common with post-grunge bands like Creed,Default, Cinema8, and Third Eye Blind, they tend to be a bitheavier. In 2001, Breaking Benjamin's Wilkes-Barre gigs caught the attention of a local radio DJ named Freddie Fabbri, who was an on-airpersonalityatalternative rock station WBSX-FM. Fabbri put their song 'Polyamorous' in rotation, and he also financed the recordingof theirself-titleddebut EP-- which, in 2001, ended up selling about 2,000 copies in and around Wilkes-Barre. It was also in 2001that BreakingBenjamin signedwithHollywood Records, which united the band with Ulrich Wild (a busy producer/engineer who hasworked with Powerman5000,StabbingWestward, White Zombie, Static-X, Pantera, Slipknot, and quite a few others). Wild servesas both producer and engineeronBreakingBenjamin's first full-length album, Saturate, which Hollywood released in August2002. We Are Not Alone followedtwoyears later,complete with a few collaborations with Billy Corgan; the band landed aprimo spot on the Evanescence tour in support oftheeffort, as threeof the album's singles made their way onto the Billboardcharts ('So Cold' and 'Sooner or Later' both peaked at number twoinMainstreamRock). Breaking Benjamin issued their third album, Phobia, in August 2006 before heading out on nationwide headlining dateswithEvansBlueand Dropping Daylight in tow. The album featured new drummer Chad Szeliga and was spearheaded by the single 'TheDiary ofJane',whichquickly heated up airwaves and helped the album debut at number two on the Billboard charts. Phobiawas reissued thatfallwithadditional bonus tracks, while the band continued touring alongside Godsmack. After the tour, BreakingBenjamin dove back intothestudio tobegin work on their fourth full-length. The resulting Dear Agony, fueled by the firstsingle 'I Will Not Bow', arrived inthesummer of2009. « hide

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LPs
Dark Before Dawn
2015

3.1
403 Votes
Dear Agony
2009

3.2
1,185 Votes
Phobia
2006

3.5
1,697 Votes
We Are Not Alone
2004

3.4
1,377 Votes
Saturate
2002

3.4
1,021 Votes
EPs
So Cold
2004

3.5
167 Votes
Breaking Benjamin
2001

3.7
47 Votes
Live Albums
Live
2004

3.6
24 Votes
Compilations
Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin
2011

3.3
98 Votes

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