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Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, founded in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The first lineup of the band also included guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. This lineup released two albums, album) (2002) and album) (2004), before Hummel was replaced by Chad Szeliga in 2005. The band released two more studio albums, album) (2006) and Dear Agony (2009), before entering an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to Burnley's recurring illnesses.

The release of a compilation album amid the hiatus, Benjamin (2011), unauthorized by Burnley, brought about legal trouble within the band resulting in the dismissal of Fink and Klepaski. Szeliga later announced his departure in 2013 citing creative differences. Burnley remained the sole member of the band until late 2014, when the current lineup was announced, including bassist and backing vocalist Aaron Bruch, guitarist and backing vocalist Keith Wallen, guitarist Jasen Rauch, and drummer Shaun Foist. The band afterward released Dark Before Dawn in 2015.

Despite significant lineup changes, the band's musical style and lyrical content has remained consistent, with Burnley serving as the primary composer and lead vocalist since the band's inception. The band has commonly been noted for its formulaic hard rock tendencies with angst-heavy lyrics, swelling choruses, and "crunching" guitars. In the United States alone, the band has sold more than 7 million units2015-1 and yielded two RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, one platinum single, one gold single, and one number one record on the Billboard 200.

History

Formation & Saturate(1998-2003)

Benjamin Burnley was originally in a band named Breaking Benjamin in 1998 that played "softer music" such
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Breaking Benjamin performing in 2015. From left to right, Keith Wallen, Shaun Foist, Benjamin Burnley, Aaron Bruch, and Jasen Rauch.

as 
Weezer and The Beatles covers, and was "nothing like" subsequent lineups.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBook2015-2|2-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBook2015-2 The name originates from an incident in which Burnley broke a borrowed microphone, prompting its owner to retort, "Thanks to Benjamin for breaking my fucking mic."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTECraft2015-3|ref-FOOTNOTECraft2015 3-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTECraft2015-3 This band included guitarist Aaron Fink, bassist Nick Hoover, and drummer Chris Lightcap, but soon broke up when Burnley moved to California.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4|ref-FOOTNOTESisak2011 4-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 After returning to Pennsylvania with drummer Jeremy Hummel, Burnley formed Plan 9, which also included bassist Jason Davoli.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5|ref-FOOTNOTESaid2012_5-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5 After returning to Pennsylvania with drummer Jeremy Hummel, Burnley formed Plan 9, which also included bassist Jason Davoli.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5 Plan 9, a reference to from Outer Space, was continually misnamed as "Planet 9", therefore the group reclaimed the name Breaking Benjamin from the previous band, as Burnley still had promotional stickers with that name.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBook2015-2|2-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBook2015-2, was continually misnamed as "Planet 9", therefore the group reclaimed the name Breaking Benjamin from the previous band, as Burnley still had promotional stickers with that name.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBook2015-2

The three-piece first gained attention when Freddie Fabbri, a DJ for active rock radio station WBSX, put the group's track "song)" in rotation.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEDuff2002-6|6-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEDuff2002-6 After it became the number one requested track on the station,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEDuff2002-6|ref-FOOTNOTEDuff2002 6-1" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEDuff2002-6 Fabbri financed the recording of the group's (EP), which sold all 2,000 copies that were printed in 2001.[7] Jonathan "Bug" Price was credited on bass, replacing Davoli.Benjamin2001-8 After growing dissatisfied with their previous band, former band mate Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski joined Breaking Benjamin.James2003-9 In early 2002, over a dozen record companies visited a two-night showcase where Breaking Benjamin was playing, and the group subsequently signed with Hollywood Records.[6] Shortly afterward, Breaking Benjamin began recording their first full-length major-label record, Benjamin album), which was released on August 7, 2002 and produced by album), which was released on August 7, 2002 and produced by Wikipedia:Ulrich Wild.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHendersonn.d-7|7-1" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHendersonn.d-7 It peaked at No. 136 on theBillboard 200,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10|ref-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200_10-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10 and was later certified gold on September 25, 2015.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11|200_10-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10 and was later certified gold on September 25, 2015.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11 In early 2003, Breaking Benjamin participated in the Tour,[12] then toured as a supporting act for Godsmack.Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEMTV_News2003-13

Of the little media coverage received, Saturate garnered positive reception, with Jason Taylor from AllMusic stating that the album "has serious potential to become one of 2002's most successful debuts," feeling that "although it is repetitive and generic, it is undeniably addictive", ultimately scoring the album 2.5 out of 5.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETaylor2002-14 The disc received a favorable review from Schwegweb's Vin Cherubino, who noted, "The music has just as much quality as any popular artist in the same genre. Influences from bands such as Tool can be heard, making the music seem all so familiar and palatable."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTECherubino2002-15|ref-FOOTNOTECherubino2002_15-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTECherubino2002-15

We Are Not Alone(2003-2005)

Breaking Benjamin returned to the studio in October 2003 with producer David Bendeth for their sophomore
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Breaking Benjamin performing at the Minnesota State Fair on August 25, 2005.

effort 
album).[16] Burnley also worked with Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan over the course of six days in December 2003 to write the songs "Rain", "Forget It", and "Follow".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17|17-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17 Despite initially being nervous, Burnley felt it was one of the highlights of his career.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17|ref-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004_17-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17

The album was released on June 29, 2004[16] and sold 48,000 copies in its first week,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard200449-18|ref-FOOTNOTEBillboard200449 18-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard200449-18 peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10|200_10-1" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10 peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10 It was later certified gold on October 21, 2004, then platinum on June 13, 2005.[11] The record features singles such as "(song)" and "(Breaking Benjamin song)", both of which peaked at No. 2 on the Benjamin song)", both of which peaked at No. 2 on the Wikipedia:Mainstream Rock (chart) chart.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream_Rock_Songs1.E2.80.932-19|Songs1.E2.80.932_19-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream_Rock_Songs1.E2.80.932-19 "So Cold" became a platinum single on September 25, 2015.[11] MTV writer Jon Wiederhorn writes that the initial commercial success of the album can be attributed to a tour two weeks prior to the album's debut which "generated prerelease buzz".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17|17-2" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17 They later co-headlined a tour with Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2004-17 They later co-headlined a tour with Wikipedia:Evanescence, Seether, andThree Days Grace.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMoss2004-20|ref-FOOTNOTEMoss2004_20-0" style="color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEMoss2004-20

We Are Not Alone garnered mixed reviews. It was met with high acclaim from IGN's Colin Moriarty, who felt "extremely satisfied," saying "safely and confidently" that it "might be my personal favorite album of the year," giving it a score of 9.3 out of 10.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMoriarty2004-21 Conversely, Exclaim!writer Amber Authier felt that, "On first listen its simply generic sound did nothing for me," though later admitted, "I listened to Breaking Benjamin several times over a week and several elements of the disc started to grow on me, even appeal to me." The writer concluded, "Breaking Benjamin created a standard of quality for themselves that they simply couldn't meet on the entire disc."Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEAuthier2004-22 On November 23, 2004, Breaking Benjamin released the note-FOOTNOTEAuthier2004-22</sup> On November 23, 2004, Breaking Benjamin released the Wikipedia:So Cold (song)#So Cold EP, which features live versions of the songs "Away" and "Breakdown", a live acoustic version of "So Cold", and studio acoustic recordings of "Blow Me Away" and "Lady Bug".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELoftus2004b-23|ref-FOOTNOTELoftus2004b_23-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTELoftus2004b-23

In late 2005, Hummel filed a federal lawsuit against Breaking Benjamin. According to the lawsuit, Hummel requested earlier that year to take a paternity leave to be with his wife during the birth of their first child, to which all members of the band agreed and hired Kevin Soffera as a temporary substitute. However, Burnley later called Hummel and terminated him, citing chemistry issues. In the lawsuit, Hummel contended wrongful termination and lack of compensation for profits accrued by We Are Not Alone and other non-album tracks that appeared in Halo 2 and National Treasure 2. The band's manager, Larry Mazer (who was also named in the lawsuit), asserted that the lawsuit was "totally frivolous" and his termination had "nothing to do with the paternity leave." Mazer said the band received no payment for the Halo 2 appearance, adding that the song was included for promotional reasons and Burnley was happy to have it in the video game. The band received minimal payment for the National Treasure 2 appearance, and Mazer stated that otherwise, "[Hummel] is 100 per cent current."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEAmerman20051a-24|ref-FOOTNOTEAmerman20051a 24-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEAmerman20051a-24 Ben "B.C." Vaught served as a sit-in drummer for the band,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4|4-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 Ben "B.C." Vaught served as a sit-in drummer for the band,Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 and they later toured with Down and Staind in November 2005.Wire2005-25 The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount in April 2006.[4]

Phobia(2005-2007)

After the departure of Jeremy Hummel, Breaking Benjamin auditioned fifteen drummers, of whom Chad Szeliga stood out for his ability as a stage performer and the fact that he had "serious problem-solving skills", according to Burnley.Drummer2010-26 The group's next album, album), was again produced by Bendeth and was the first to be recorded with Szeliga.[27]The concept of the album is dedicated to Burnley's various phobias. The cover of the album depicts a winged man suspended over a runway, which represents the singer's flying.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5|5-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5 Burnley also suffers from (psychology), a darkdriving anxiety,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMirandaHolmquest2004-28|28-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMirandaHolmquest2004-28 and hypochondriasis.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5 Burnley cites his fear of flying as for why he did not perform overseas, saying, "I'll go as far as a boat will take me", though at the time the band's record label had not facilitated travel by boat.note-FOOTNOTESaid2012-5 Burnley cites his fear of flying as for why he did not perform overseas, saying, "I'll go as far as a boat will take me", though at the time the band's record label had not facilitated travel by boat.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMirandaHolmquest2004-28 Phobias "Intro" and "Outro" tracks feature sound effects of an airport intercom, airplane turbulance, car doors, and crowd panic.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2015-29|ref-FOOTNOTEMirandaHolmquest2004_28-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMirandaHolmquest2004-28 Phobias "Intro" and "Outro" tracks feature sound effects of an airport intercom, airplane turbulance, car doors, and crowd panic.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2015-29

Phobia was released on August 8, 2006 to commercial success. The album sold more than 131,000 copies in its first week of sales[30] and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard200.note-FOOTNOTEBillboard 200-10 It went gold on November 8, 2006, then platinum on May 21, 2009.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11|ref-FOOTNOTERIAA_11-3" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11 Its lead single, "Jane", peaked at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chartRock_Songs-31 and was the fastest single added to radio playlists in the history of Hollywood Records.[4] "Benjamin song)", the record's second single, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4|ref-FOOTNOTESisak2011 4-4" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 The third single, "song)", peaked at No. 6 on the same chart,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream Rock Songs-31|Mainstream_Rock_Songs_31-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream Rock Songs-31 and became a gold single on February 11, 2014.Rock_Songs-31 and became a gold single on February 11, 2014.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11

In support for PhobiaAXS TV (then known as HDNet) aired a one-hour Breaking Benjamin concert from Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in February 2007. The broadcast recording was included on the re-released Phobia DVD in April, billed as "The Homecoming".TV2011-32[33] A music video was created for "Breath" which was made from footage of the song's performance at the show.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKelly2007-33|ref-FOOTNOTEKelly2007 33-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKelly2007-33 Breaking Benjamin followed with Spring and Fall tours alongside Three Days Grace, accompanied by [[Wikipedia:Puddle of Mudd|33-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKelly2007-33</sup> Breaking Benjamin followed with Spring and Fall tours alongside Three Days Grace, accompanied by Wikipedia:Puddle of Mudd during the Spring tour,note-FOOTNOTEKelly2007-33 Breaking Benjamin followed with Spring and Fall tours alongside Three Days Grace, accompanied by Wikipedia:Puddle of Mudd during the Spring tour,Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBlair2007-34 and Seether, [[Wikipedia:Skillet (band)|34-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEBlair2007-34</sup> and Seether, Wikipedia:Skillet (band), and Red during the Fall tour.Music2007-35

Phobia received mixed critical reception. It received praise for general composition and musicianship, but received criticism for a lack of originality. AllMusic's Corey Apar found the album "nothing if not consistent," and while generally regarding the disc with positive sentiments, noted a lack of distinction from the "rest of the post-grunge/alt-metal pack" aside from "a certain charm".[27] IGN's Spence D. gave the disc a negative review, citing tedium and lack of vocal distinction, feeling that the group's "intersection of hard rock and emo-oriented introspection" is "not a bad thing, but also not a terribly memorable or earth-shattering one, either."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36|ref-FOOTNOTED.2006 36-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36 However, the writer praised the musicianship of Fink, Klepaski, and Szeliga, ultimately giving the album a score of 5.7 out of 10.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36|36-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36 However, the writer praised the musicianship of Fink, Klepaski, and Szeliga, ultimately giving the album a score of 5.7 out of 10.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36 Entertainment Weekly graded the album C+ and noted its angst-ridden themes, saying, "as pathological angst goes, it's expertly done, with expansive choruses and epic riffs — not that that matters, when, like, we're all going to die cold and alone anyway."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEGreenblatt2006-37|ref-FOOTNOTEGreenblatt2006_37-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEGreenblatt2006-37

Dear Agony(2009-2010)

Breaking Benjamin began working on a fourth album, titled Dear Agony, in 2009. It was the first album

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Breaking Benjamin performing in Fort Wayne, Indiana in January 2010.

Burnley wrote while completely sober.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2009-38|38-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2009-38 In 2007, Burnley experienced fatigue and phosphenes following three consecutive days of no sleep and heavy drinking, after which he decided to remain sober.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2015-39 Burnley acknowledged an improved clarity and coherence within Dear Agony due to his sobriety.note-FOOTNOTEWiederhorn2015-39 Burnley acknowledged an improved clarity and coherence within Dear Agony due to his sobriety.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFlorino2010-40The album cover features Burnley's [[Wikipedia:Magnetic resonance imaging|ref-FOOTNOTEFlorino2010_40-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFlorino2010-40</sup>The album cover features Burnley's Wikipedia:Magnetic resonance imaging, representing the recurrent themes on Dear Agony related to the singer's chronic illnesses caused by alcohol consumption.note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2009-38

Burnley collaborated with then-Red guitarist Jasen Rauch on various tracks for Dear Agony: The two equally wrote together the songs "Without You" and "Hopeless", and Rauch wrote the outro for "I Will Not Bow", also helping write "Lights Out".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41|41-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41 Burnley said of the collaboration, "I love writing with him because he does stuff exactly like I would've done," adding, "writing-wise, we're like the same person."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41|ref-FOOTNOTELello2009_41-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41

Dear Agony was released on September 9, 2009, and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.200-10 The disc initially outsold its predecessor in its first week, moving more than 134,000 copies.[30] It ultimately achieved gold certification on February 16, 2010.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11|11-5" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERIAA-11 The album's lead single "Bow" reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart,Rock_Songs-31 while the other two singles, "Benjamin song)" and "Sign", peaked at No. 9[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream_Rock_Songs_100904-42|100904_42-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBillboard Mainstream_Rock_Songs_100904-42 and No. 6,100417-43 respectively.

Breaking Benjamin toured in support of the album in January and February 2010 with Three Days Grace and Flyleaf,Guitar2010-44 then with Red, Chevelle, and Thousand Foot Krutch in March 2010.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETunelab2010-45|ref-FOOTNOTETunelab2010 45-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETunelab2010-45 In April, Breaking Benjamin began touring with [[Wikipedia:Nickelback|45-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETunelab2010-45</sup> In April, Breaking Benjamin began touring with Wikipedia:NickelbackShinedown, and Sick Puppies on their Dark Horse Tour.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMorentin2010-46|ref-FOOTNOTEMorentin2010 46-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMorentin2010-46 Prior to the last show of the Dark Horse Tour, Burnley stated he was ill and therefore no longer able to tour in support of the album, placing the band on hiatus.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4|ref-FOOTNOTESisak2011_4-5" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 Prior to the last show of the Dark Horse Tour, Burnley stated he was ill and therefore no longer able to tour in support of the album, placing the band on hiatus.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4 After internet rumors began to circulate that the band had broken up, Burnley released a statement "officially letting everyone know that Breaking Benjamin has not broken up."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4|ref-FOOTNOTESisak2011_4-6" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTESisak2011-4

Dear Agony received mixed critical reception. AllMusic's James Monger gave the album a positive review, stating it "feels a lot like their first three", noting a consistency that "feels like a well-oiled machine."[47] The disc received a negative review from Sound's Alex Young, who complained of over-production and the disc's sell-out nature at the hands of three-time Breaking Benjamin producer David Bendeth: "Dear Agony is the unfortunate side effect of a trend in 'producer' David Bendeth's world, training wild chimpanzees to be more tasteful whilst handling silverware", ultimately giving the record a half-star "for teaching Breaking Benjamin's peers who not to hire for production credit."[48] About Entertainment gave the record a mixed review, feeling that "Though it lacks the breakthrough singles of PhobiaDear Agony does have its moments," adding, "frustratingly, Dear Agony never reaches greatness, settling for an admirable competency that's still the envy of many of their contemporaries."note-FOOTNOTEGrierson2009-49

Hiatus & Shallow Bay(2010-2013)

In March 2010, Hollywood Records requested that the band produce two new master recordings and a greatest hits album, and also sought permission to release a new version of the hit song "Blow Me Away" featuring Sydnee Duran of Valora.[4] In May 2011, Fink and Klepaski granted the record company's requests after they were offered a $100,000 payment.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50|ref-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011 50-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50Burnley, alleging that Fink and Klepaski acted unilaterally on both the song remix and the compilation album, not informing him or the band's management, fired the two via email, demanding at least $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the exclusive right to the name Breaking Benjamin.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50|50-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50Burnley, alleging that Fink and Klepaski acted unilaterally on both the song remix and the compilation album, not informing him or the band's management, fired the two via email, demanding at least $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the exclusive right to the name Breaking Benjamin.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50 Fink and Klepaski's attorneys stated the two "dispute and strictly deny" Burnley's allegations, instead asserting that a January 2009 agreement (allowing Burnley to dismiss them for "just cause") was no longer valid because of the singer's status of indefinite hiatus.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50|ref-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011 50-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50 The case was ordered by a judge to arbitration.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50|50-3" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50 The case was ordered by a judge to arbitration.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTESisakGaydos2011-50 Burnley's attorney, Brian Caplan, told the Associated Press, "The relationship between Mr. Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended ... Mr. Burnley intends on moving forward using the name Breaking Benjamin and the band will continue. It just won't continue in its prior configuration. He's not retiring."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERubinkam2011-51|ref-FOOTNOTERubinkam2011_51-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTERubinkam2011-51

In August 2011, Hollywood Records scheduled the release of the Benjamin compilation album, featuring every single from the band's catalog, including the remix of "Blow Me Away".[52] A two-disc deluxe edition was released alongside it, with the second disc containing altered versions of b-sides and rarities.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011-52|ref-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011 52-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011-52 Burnley publicly opposed the album's release, saying content had been altered without his consent and did not meet his standards.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011-52|ref-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011_52-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011-52 Burnley publicly opposed the album's release, saying content had been altered without his consent and did not meet his standards.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEKPNT2011-52 Burnley later elaborated, saying that the rarities were taken off of his laptop without his consent, and were intended for in-studio reference and not public release, but that he was otherwise content with previously-released tracks on Shallow Bay.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERosen2015b-53|ref-FOOTNOTERosen2015b 53-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERosen2015b-53 The album was released on August 16, 2011 and peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, also topping the Hard Rock Albums chart in 2011, 2012, and 2013.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54|54-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54 The album was released on August 16, 2011 and peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, also topping the Hard Rock Albums chart in 2011, 2012, and 2013.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54 The disc received positive critical reception. The Daily Trojan's Krishna Jetti praised it for balance and a progressive retrospective history.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEJetti2011-55|ref-FOOTNOTEJetti2011 55-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEJetti2011-55 AllMusic's Gregory Heaney felt similarly, saying, "Shallow Bay is a great jumping-on point for new fans, capturing the band at their height delivering some of their best moments in one convenient package. For older fans, this collection may just serve as a reminder of a crucial turning point in Breaking Benjamin's career."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54|54-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54 AllMusic's Gregory Heaney felt similarly, saying, "Shallow Bay is a great jumping-on point for new fans, capturing the band at their height delivering some of their best moments in one convenient package. For older fans, this collection may just serve as a reminder of a crucial turning point in Breaking Benjamin's career."Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHeaney2011-54

In April 2013, Burnley announced that the dispute involving Fink and Klepaski was resolved and that he would retain the right to continue the band under the name Breaking Benjamin.[56] Three days later, Szeliga announced his departure, citing creative differences.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFrederick2015-57|ref-FOOTNOTEFrederick2015_57-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEFrederick2015-57

Return & Dark Before Dawn(2014-Present)

In August 2014, Breaking Benjamin announced via Facebook that the band reformed as a quintet with, except for Burnley, all new members, including: Dear Agony co-writer Jasen Rauch (guitar, originally from Red); Keith Wallen (guitar and backing vocals, originally from Adelitas Way); Aaron Bruch (bass and backing vocals); and Shaun Foist (drums, originally from Picture Me Broken).[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHargis2014-58|ref-FOOTNOTEHargis2014 58-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHargis2014-58 Burnley said of the lineup: "Everybody that's in the band now is deliberately handpicked," noting that "Keith [Wallen] and Aaron [Bruch] are really, really amazing singers. That's kind of what the band always needed."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHargis2014-58|58-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHargis2014-58 Burnley said of the lineup: "Everybody that's in the band now is deliberately handpicked," noting that "Keith [Wallen] and Aaron [Bruch] are really, really amazing singers. That's kind of what the band always needed."Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHargis2014-58 On March 18, 2015, a new single entitled "Benjamin song)" as well as a new album, Dark Before Dawn, were announced for release on March 23 and June 23, respectively.note-FOOTNOTEKSHE2015-59

The new lineup debuted with acoustic shows in late 2014,[60] then went on a four-venue winter tour in the north-eastern United States.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015-61|ref-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015 61-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015-61 The band afterward announced 2015 spring,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015-61|61-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015-61 The band afterward announced 2015 spring,Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEZadrozny2015-61 summer,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHoyle2015-62|ref-FOOTNOTEHoyle2015 62-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHoyle2015-62 and fall[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMPJ2015-63|63-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMPJ2015-63 and fallWikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMPJ2015-63 tour dates, supported by bands such as (band)[61][[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHoyle2015-62|62-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEHoyle2015-62 and Starset.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMPJ2015-63 In July 2015, the band announced their first overseas performance, in which they will headline a four-day cruise venue in February 2016 along with Yngwie MalmsteenZakk Wylde, Flyleaf, et al.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETitus2015-64|64-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETitus2015-64 The band will perform on a joint U.S. tour with Shinedown in October and November along with note-FOOTNOTETitus2015-64</sup> The band will perform on a joint U.S. tour with Shinedown in October and November along with Wikipedia:Sevendust.Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEChilders2015-65

Burnley explained that writing for Dark Before Dawn was intermittent and fragmentary, taking place throughout the hiatus, though it was toward the end of the hiatus in 2013 when it became cohesive.[39] After growing frustrated with the lack of answers regarding his health condition, Burnley decided to abandon searching for a diagnosis and focus on the album.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETrunk2015-66|ref-FOOTNOTETrunk2015 66-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETrunk2015-66 Recorded and produced at a personal studio of Burnley's,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015-67|67-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015-67 Recorded and produced at a personal studio of Burnley's,Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015-67 Dark Before Dawn is the first album with the front man credited as the producer. The singer stated that "I would say that I did the same amount of producing on this album as I've done on other albums, just never had my name [on it]", adding, "You know, I'm not doing anything different here than I have done in the past. Why shouldn't I be known to be doing it?"[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETrunk2015event occurs_at_19:03-68|68-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTETrunk2015event occurs_at_19:03-68

Within an hour of pre-order availability, Dark Before Dawn reached No. 1 on the rock albums chart on iTunes and No. 3 on the overall album chart.Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBlabbermouth2015-69 It sold 135,000 pure album units and 141,000 and track_sales, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the album the group's heretofore most successful sales effort.track_sales, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the album the group's heretofore most successful sales effort.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTECaulfield2015-70 The disc's lead single "Failure" spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart as well.Mainstream_Rock_Songs1-71 Billboards Jason Lipshutz felt the album's success was "eyebrow-raising", noting that, in addition to the band's lineup change, "135,000 in pure album sales is a hefty number in 2015 — it's a bigger number than the respective bows of recent Madonna, ASAP Rocky, and Kelly Clarkson albums".[72] Joe DeTomaso, program director of active rock station WAQX-FM, added that, "They've always been a top-level band for the format, but not quite on the level of Disturbed or Shinedown or bands like that. They always seem to put out hit records without getting the kind of recognition that they deserved."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2015-72|72-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2015-72Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTELipshutz2015-72Wikipedia:Forbes Hugh McIntyre writes that runner-up Tori Kelly's 75,000 copies "puts Breaking Benjamin's figures into perspective" and that despite "a pretty extensive lineup change, it looks like fans were awaiting their return with open arms."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMcIntyre2015-73|73-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEMcIntyre2015-73

The album was met with mostly positive critical reception, many critics praising the album for staying true to the group's sound, though others criticized it for sounding too similar to previous material. Dan Marsicano from About Entertainment stated, "Burnley could have made his creation just another dose of the glitzy, overproduced crap that is heard on every rock radio station in the world. Instead, Breaking Benjamin hardly deviate from the hooky jams that were present on Dear Agony."[67] Conversely, AllMusic's James Monger felt that "it's hard to conceal the fact that most of these songs are nearly interchangeable with the band's older material."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMonger2015-74|ref-FOOTNOTEMonger2015 74-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMonger2015-74 [[Wikipedia:Revolver (magazine)|74-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEMonger2015-74</sup> Wikipedia:Revolver (magazine)s Jeremy Borjon felt that "the music's true force only becomes apparent through deeper and repeated listenings, as the songs, on the surface, have a tendency to blend into one another."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBorjon2015-75|75-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEBorjon2015-75

Characteristics

Musical Style

Breaking Benjamin's musical style is primarily classified as hard rockrock-76 and alternative rock,rock-77 more specifically post-grungeBenjamin#cite note-post-grunge-78 and alternative metal,note-alternative metal-79[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-80|ref-80" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-80 and has commonly been noted for its consistency. Corey Apar felt that "Breaking Benjamin are nothing if not consistent",[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEApar2006-27|ref-FOOTNOTEApar2006 27-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEApar2006-27 and Alex Young felt that "Breaking Benjamin is one of the few modern rock bands on the radio that, if you have heard any song in its catalog prior, could be immediately recognized."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48|48-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48 and Alex Young felt that "Breaking Benjamin is one of the few modern rock bands on the radio that, if you have heard any song in its catalog prior, could be immediately recognized."Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48 Despite a complete lineup change prior to the release of Dark Before Dawn, Dan Marsicano stated, "Breaking Benjamin hardly deviate from the hooky jams that were present on Dear Agony. They have had an established sound since their breakout We Are Not Alone — hard-edged riffs with emotional upheaval — and that isn't tampered with on Dark Before Dawn."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015-67|ref-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015_67-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEMarsicano2015-67

Their style is described by Apar as "mixing heavy hard rock dynamics with a moody demeanor that never slips into full-on dejection."[27] Spence D. characterizes the band as "[persisting] in delivering crunching guitars topped off with somewhat generic, angst-ridden [lyrics] that waffle between being plaintive and aggressive" with vocals that "[deliver] just the right amount of emotion, fluctuating between contemplative subjectivity and growling anger."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36|ref-FOOTNOTED.2006 36-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTED.2006-36 Young felt that Breaking Benjamin is "indicative of early '00s modern rock, while also now and then being more Filter-esque or technically proficient, primarily on guitar during 2002's Saturate, and from then on with bass and drums."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48|48-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48 Young felt that Breaking Benjamin is "indicative of early '00s modern rock, while also now and then being more Filter-esque or technically proficient, primarily on guitar during 2002's Saturate, and from then on with bass and drums."Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEYoung2009-48

Characteristics

Burnley is the primary songwriter in the band.[80] Music industry attorney and author Martin Frascogna writes that "it's unmistakably clear that Burnley started the group, is the creative force behind the group and essentially dictates the group's decisions."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFrascogna2011-82|ref-FOOTNOTEFrascogna2011 82-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFrascogna2011-82 Bands such as Nirvana, [[Wikipedia:Live (band)|82-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEFrascogna2011-82</sup> Bands such as Nirvana, Wikipedia:Live (band)BushPearl JamStone Temple Pilots, and The Beatles have been cited as influences.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-influences-83|ref-influences 83-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-influences-83 Burnley remarked in 2009 that while the other band members did contribute, it was "always left up to me to put all the pieces together and make it so that it's even anything at all."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41|ref-FOOTNOTELello2009_41-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41 Burnley remarked in 2009 that while the other band members did contribute, it was "always left up to me to put all the pieces together and make it so that it's even anything at all."Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41 However, Burnley expressed how he considered Rauch to be his "writing partner" during Dear Agony, and that he looked forward to writing with him in the future.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41|ref-FOOTNOTELello2009 41-3" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTELello2009-41 After joining the band in 2014 as part of the new lineup, Rauch provided writing contributions on Dark Before Dawn, writing the intro and outro tracks as well as riffs on two other tracks.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBowar2015-84|84-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBowar2015-84 After joining the band in 2014 as part of the new lineup, Rauch provided writing contributions on Dark Before Dawn, writing the intro and outro tracks as well as riffs on two other tracks.Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBowar2015-84 Burnley revealed in 2015 that the whole band would write songs for Breaking Benjamin in the future, and that "It just so happens that when they came on board for this album, I was already 95 percent done", adding, "I'm really looking forward to writing the next one all together."[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEBowar2015-84|ref-FOOTNOTEBowar2015_84-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTEBowar2015-84

Breaking Benjamin's lyrical content evolved as a product of Burnley's sobriety, the front man noting that the lyricism in Dear Agony is more thought out.[40] Rito Asilo of theInquirer writes that Burnley "owes the improved clarity and coherence in Breaking Benjamin's music to sobriety."[84] Burnley has said that before sobriety, anything that made sense thematically was a coincidence, and that he would take shots if he were dissatisfied with a lyric.note-FOOTNOTEBrayton2009-86 Breaking Benjamin's lyrics have been noted for their vague, angst-heavy themes,[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-angst lyrics-87|87-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-angst lyrics-87 Burnley saying that "I try to keep my writing vague so people can draw their own conclusions."note-FOOTNOTEFlorino2010-40

Live Performances

Breaking Benjamin's live sound has corresponded with lineup arrangements. The band originally lacked backing vocalists and tertiary instrumentation, requiring them to rely on pre-recorded tracks during live performances.[83] However, the band was noted for a change in such respects with the second iteration of the band assembled in 2014.note-live performances-88 Bruch and Wallen were selected in part for their ability as singers, providing all backing vocals on both new studio recordings and during live shows.[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-live performances-88|ref-live_performances_88-1" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-live performances-88 Burnley noted that it was important to add two new singers in order to replicate vocal techniques such as three-part harmonies, octave range, and layered vocals.[53] Rauch, acting as a third guitarist, provides the band with "more freedom while simultaneously thickening up their live sound", as some songs feature three guitar parts, layered guitars, or are meant to feature Burnley only performing vocals, such as "I Will Not Bow" and "Lights Out".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEAxton2015-89|89-0" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTEAxton2015-89 Foist utilizes Roland V-Kit electronic drums during live performances and triggers certain sounds as heard in studio recordings, such as the piano notes in "Breakdown".[[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERosen2015b-53|53-2" style="line-height:1;font-size:11.2px;unicode-bidi:-webkit-isolate;color:rgb(37,37,37);font-family:sans-serif;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin#cite note-FOOTNOTERosen2015b-53 Additionally, Rauch is equipped with a Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer allowing him to play orchestral strings and choir sound effects, further eliminating any reliance on pre-recorded tracks.Benjamin#cite_note-FOOTNOTELello2015-29

Members

Members

Former Members

  1. Aaron Fink—lead guitar(1998;2001–2011)
  2. Nicholaus Hoover—bass guitar(1998)
  3. Chris Lightcap—drums, percussion(1998)
  4. Andy Seal(Plan 9)--bass guitar(1999)
  5. Jeremy Hummel—drums, percussion(1999–2004)
  6. Jonathan "Bug" Price—bass guitar(2001)
  7. Mark Klepaski—bass guitar(2001–2011)
  8. Chad Szeliga—drums, percussion(2005–2013)

Current members

  1. Benjamin Burnley—lead vocals, rhythm guitar(1998—present)
  2. Aaron Bruch—bass, backing vocals(2014—present)
  3. Keith Wallen—rhythm guitar, backing vocals(2014—present)
  4. Jason Rauch—lead guitar, electronic strings, programming(2014—present)
  5. Shaun Foist—drums, electronic percussion, programming(2014—present)

Touring Members

  1. Kevin Soffera—drums, percussion(2004)
  2. Ben "BC" Vaught—drums, percussion(2004-2005)

Timeline

Discorgraphy

Albums

Studio Albums

  1. Saturate(2002)
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    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. Forever
  2. We Are Not Alone(2004)
    1. Normal
      1. So Cold
      2. Simple Design
      3. Follow Me
      4. Firefly
      5. Break My Fall
      6. Forget It
      7. Soonr or Later
      8. Break My Fall
      9. Away
      10. Believe
      11. Rain
    2. 2005 Re-Release Version
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  3. Phobia(2006)
    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
  4. Dear Agony(2009)
    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
    12. Blow Me Away
  5. Shallow Bay:  The Best of Breaking Benjamin(2011)
    Breaking Benjamin10
    Breaking Benjamin11
    1. Polyamorous
    2. Skin
    3. Medicate
    4. So Cold
    5. Sooner or Later
    6. Rain
    7. The Diary of Jane
    8. Breath
    9. Until the End
    10. I Will Not Bow
    11. Lights Out
    12. Blow Me Away
    13. Give Me A Sign
    14. Water
    15. Had Enough
    16. Ordinary Man
    17. Forever
    18. Lie to Me(new song)
    19. Lady Bug(new song)
    20. Enjoy the Silence(new song)
    21. Better Days(new song)
  6. Dark Before Dawn(2015)
    1. Dark
    2. Failure
    3. Angels Fall
    4. Break 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

Compilation Albums

  1. Shallow Bay:  The Best of Breaking Benjamin
    1. Standard Edition
      1. Polyamorous FROM SATURATE
      2. Skin FROM SATURATE
      3. Medicate FROM SATURATE
      4. So cold FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE
      5. Sooner or Later FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE
      6. Rain FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE
      7. The Diary of Jane FROM PHOBIA
      8. Breath FROM PHOBIA
      9. Until the End FROM PHOBIA
      10. I Will Not Bow FROM FROM DEAR AGONY
      11. Lights Out FROM DEAR AGONY
      12. Give Me a Sign FROM DEAR AGONY
      13. Blow Me Away FROM DEAR AGON/FEATURING VALORA
      14. Water FROM SATURATE/REMASTERED VERSION/EXTENDED PLAY VERSION
      15. Had Enough FROM PHOBIA/LIVE VERSION/ACOUSTIC VERSION
    2. Delux Edition Disc 1
      1. Polyamorous FROM SATURATE
      2. Skin FROM SATURATE
      3. Medicate FROM SATURATE
      4. So Cold FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE
      5. Sonner or Later FROM SATURATE
      6. Rain FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE
      7. The Diary of Jane FROM PHOBIA
      8. Breath FROM PHOBIA
      9. Until the End FROM PHOBIA
      10. I Will Not Bow FROM DEAR AGONY
      11. Lights Out FROM DEAR AGONY
      12. Give Me a Sign FROM DEAR AGONY
      13. Blow Me Away FROM DEAR AGONY/FEATURING VALORA
    3. Delux Edition Disc 2
      1. Ordinary Man FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE/JAPANESE B-SIDE BONUS TRACK)
      2. Water FROM SATURATE/REMASTERED VERSION/EXTENDED PLAY VERSION
      3. Who Wants to Live Forever FROM SATURATE/QUEEN COVER
      4. I Will Not Bow FROM DEAR AGONY/ACOUSTIC VERSION/STRINGS MIX
      5. Better Days PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
      6. Polyamorous FROM SATURATE/ACOUSTIC VERSION
      7. Lie to Me PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
      8. Lady Bug FROM WE ARE NOT ALONE/JAPANESE B-SIDE BONUS TRACK
      9. Enjoy the Silence FROM DEAR AGONY/DEPECHE MODE COVER
      10. Until the End FROM PHOBIA/LIVE VERSION/ACOUSTIC VERSION
      11. Breath FROM PHOBIA/LIVE VERSION/ACOUSTIC VERSION

EP's

  1. Breaking Benjamin
    Breaking Benjamin12
    Breaking Benjamin13
    Breaking Benjamin14
    1. Home
    2. Medicate
    3. Polyamorous
    4. Water
    5. Shallow Bay
  2. Live EP
    1. Normal
      1. So Cold
      2. Simple Design
      3. Follow Me
      4. Firefly
      5. Break My Fall
      6. Forget It
      7. Soonr or Later
      8. Break My Fall
      9. Away
      10. Believe
      11. Rain
    2. 2005 Re-Release Version
      1. Rain 2005 VERSION
  3. So Cold EP
    1. So Cold LIVE VERSION/ACOUSTIC VERSION
    2. Blow Me Away
    3. Lady Bug
    4. Away LIVE VERSION
    5. Breakdown LIVE VERSION

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions recording_certifications Album
US

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US Alt.

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US Main.

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US Pop

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US Rock

songs-29]

CAN

100-30]

"song)" 2002 31 19 Saturate
"song)" 2003 37 24
"Medicate"
"So Cold" 2004 76 3 2 We Are Not Alone
"(Breaking_Benjamin_song)" 99 7 2
"song)" 2005 39 23
"Jane" 2006 50 4 2 46 Phobia
"song)" 2007 84 3 1 87
"(Breaking_Benjamin_song)" 21 6
"Bow" 2009 40 5 note-31] 1 98 Dear Agony
"Sign" 2010 97 10 note-32] 9
"Benjamin_song)" 29 note-33] 21
"Blow Me Away" (feat. Valora) 2011 37 5 14 Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin
"song)" 2015 80 28 1 8 Dark Before Dawn
"Angels Fall" 39 1 16
"song)" 23
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or a value that is not applicable.

Music Videos

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director
"Polyamorous" 2002 Gregory Darknote-vh1_dark-34]
"So Cold" 2004 Adam Egypt Mortimernote-mortimer_2004-35]
"Sooner or Later" 2005 Micha Dahannote-imdb dahan-36][[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-dahan portfolio-37|ref-dahan_portfolio_37-0" style="line-height:1;unicode-bidi:isolate;white-space:nowrap;font-size:11.2px;font-weight:normal;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-dahan portfolio-37]
"The Diary of Jane" 2006 Ryan Smithnote-roxwel-38][[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-mtv smith-39|39-0" style="line-height:1;unicode-bidi:isolate;white-space:nowrap;font-size:11.2px;font-weight:normal;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-mtv_smith-39]
"Breath" 2007 from live footage broadcast
"I Will Not Bow" 2009 Rich Leenote-mtv_lee-40]
"Give Me A Sign" 2010 Nigel Dicknote-mtv dick-41][[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-rockdirt-42|ref-rockdirt_42-0" style="line-height:1;unicode-bidi:isolate;white-space:nowrap;font-size:11.2px;font-weight:normal;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-rockdirt-42]
"Blow Me Away" (feat. Valora) 2011 Christopher Millsnote-mtv mills-43][[Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-loudwire ramanand-44|ref-loudwire_ramanand_44-0" style="line-height:1;unicode-bidi:isolate;white-space:nowrap;font-size:11.2px;font-weight:normal;">Wikipedia:Breaking Benjamin discography#cite note-loudwire ramanand-44]
"Failure" 2015 from live footage broadcast
"Angels Fall" 2015 Unknown

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Notes

Notes 

However, the band's recurrent online biography written by AllMusic's Alex Henderson states of the alternative metal label, "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."[7]

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Sources

External links

  1. Official website

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