Breaking Benjamin Biography
Breaking Benjamin are an Alternative-Metal troupe from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania USA, formed late 2000. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ben Burnley, guitarist Aaron Fink, bassist Mark James Klepaski and drummer Jeremy Hummel.
Not long after its inception, the group, recorded their debut independent 5-track self-titled EP and fixed the attention of Hollywood Records who signed them and put out their first full-length disc, "Saturate", in August of 2002. It broke into The Billboard 200 at #136 and hit #2 on the magazine's Heatseekers Albums chart while the upbeat single, "Polyamorous", debuted at #19 on The Mainstream Rock chart; the second single off the CD, "Skin", hit the top 30 on the same chart, as the group supported the release with dates opening for Godsmack, 3 Doors Down and Saliva.
The Pennsylvanian quartet returned in mid-2004 with its second effort,
"We Are Not Alone", the album featured a special guest appearance
by The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy
Corgan who contributed his songwriting skills to three songs. The
album enjoyed a year-long chart run on The Billboard 200 reaching the
#20 position and went platinum on the back of smash hit "So Cold",
which crashed into the top 3 on both Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks
and also appeared on The Billboard Hot 100 at #76; the follow-up single,
"Sooner Or Later", peaked at #2 on the Active Rock chart and
at #7 on The Modern Rock airplay list. The band spent the remainder of
2004 on the road opening for Evanescence
Before the year was out they recorded a new song, "Blow Me Away", which was ultimately used for the soundtrack to the video game "Halo 2". In the meantime Hummel was fired and replaced by Chad Szeliga former drummer for the Ohio metallers Swithched.
They also released "Rain", early in 2005, this was the final single off "We Are Not Alone", it peaked at #23 on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and sneaked into the top 40 of The Modern Rock Tracks.
In August 2006 Breaking Benjamin released "Phobia"; frontman Ben Burnley has several phobias and has even said that the name of the band's third effort, was named after that simple fact. His most notable fear is that of flying, thus the reason why Breaking Benjamin never tours outside of the U.S. and Canada. The album rocketed to #2 on The Billboard Top 200 chart achieving platinum certification; it included the smash single "The Diary Of Jane" which quickly ascended to #2 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart, hit #4 on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks and even made it into the top 50 of The Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up "Breath", became the band's first single to reach #1 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart and also grabbed a #3 spot on The Hot Modern Rock Tracks; "Until The End" crested at #6 on the Active Rock chart and stopped just outside the top 20 of the Billboard's Alternative Rock airplay list well over a year after the album's release.
The band continued using the same formula of melodic alt-Metal and post-Grunge to create "Dear Agony", the 11-song set was issued in September 2009 and immediately catapulted within the top 5 in U.S. and into the top 20 in Canada. The first single, "I Will Not Bow", rose to #1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart and peaked at #5 on the magazine's Alternative Songs list; the follow-up single, "Give Me A Sign", charted at #9 on The Rock Songs and at #10 on The Alternative Songs charts in the spring of 2010.