Legend Sounds: Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is a Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-based American rock band founded in 1999 by lead vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel.

The band’s inaugural lineup also comprised guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. Before Hummel was replaced by Chad Szeliga in 2005, this combination issued two albums, Saturate (2002) and We Are Not Alone (2004).

Before taking a long sabbatical in early 2010 owing to Burnley’s reoccurring illnesses, the band produced two additional studio albums, Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009).

Dark Before Dawn (2015) and Ember (2018) followed, debuting at number one and three on the Billboard 200, respectively. Following these albums, the band produced Aurora (2020), a collection comprising acoustic renditions of former songs as well as one original new song.

Despite numerous membership changes, the band’s musical style and lyrical substance have remained similar, with Burnley acting as the band’s principal songwriter and lead vocalist since its start.

The band has sold over 7 million units in the United States alone, earning three RIAA-certified platinum records, two gold records, and multiple certified singles, including two multi-platinum, two platinum, and five gold. The band has also had one Billboard 200 number one single.

Breaking Benjamin returns to the stage after a two-year absence with a superpower collaboration with Judge & Jury and STARSET, delivering a very similar sound but with a cheerful attitude that is the polar antithesis of the band’s history.

Breaking Benjamin was one of my favorite bands in my teens, and obtaining Waiting On The Sky To Change, as well as unreleased music from Chester Bennington, was a big deal for us.

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