Breaking Benjamin – “Aurora”

 Posted by on June 19, 2020 at 23:41  No Responses »
Jun 192020

Breaking Benjamin is a American rock band founded by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel back in 1999. Besides significant line up changes and the release of a compilation album amid the hiatus, Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin (2011), unauthorized by Burnley, brought about legal trouble within the band resulting in the dismissal of Fink and Klepask. Also in 2013 Szeliga announced his departure in citing creative differences. Amidst all of this Breaking Benjamin musical style and lyrical content have remained consistent throughout. Burnley serves as the primary composer and lead vocalist since the band’s inception. The band is known for its formulaic hard rock tendencies played off of angst-heavy lyrics, swelling choruses, and “crunching” guitars. Also in the United States, Breaking Benjamin have sold over 7 million albums  and have yielded three RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, and several certified singles, including two multi-platinum, two platinum, and five gold. The band has also produced one number one record on the Billboard 200. That is quite a repertoire to maintain especially in the modern day music environment.

The latest release on offer from Breaking Benjamin is the compilation album entitled, Aurora which was released on January 24, 2020, by Hollywood Records. It consists of a collection of semi-acoustic, and reimagined versions of previously released songs, plus one new song. The lead single “Far Away” features Scooter Ward from Cold, which was released December 6, 2019. The album also includes guest appearances from Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf), Michael Barnes of Red, Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia, and Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath.

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Breaking Benjamin – “Dark before dawn”

 Posted by on September 30, 2015 at 19:52  No Responses »
Sep 302015

breakingbenjamindarkbefore_638In a myriad of rock bands and the continued revolution of what passes and what does not pass as rock these days, it can bring on quiet a search sometimes for bands that have a distinctive sound that does not ride off the back bone of the cliché’s of rock. Does Breaking Benjamin manage that? Do they harbour a distinctive sound that is not locked down by cliché’ or tainted by commercial success?

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvanian American rock band, Breaking Benjamin has been around since 1999, founded by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The band has not been without controversy, and now days what does not make a good rock story without a sprinkle or dash of controversy. After all rock music has been the bread and butter for controversy since its inception. “The release of a compilation album amid the hiatus (Breaking Benjamin entered an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to Burnley’s recurring illnesses.), Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking 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.” – Wikipedia.

Now being in a band myself some of the characteristics of a band, or sound of a band comes from the individual members bringing their influence to the band, and often as members change, so can the sound or direction of the band. Despite those significant line-up changes that have occurred within the band they have somehow managed to maintain the lyrical content and musical style throughout their career, maintaining a consistent lineage of their sound. That has been largely due to the fact that Burnley is the primary song writer. Continue reading »