Brought together in 1998, Breaking Benjamin (BB) is a post-grunge rock group from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Similar bands include Saliva, Trapt, and Papa Roach. The group started with lead vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Burley. He then added guitarist Aaron Fink, Chris Lightcap, Jeremy Hummel and Nick Hoover to form the ensemble. During the formative years, the band underwent changes adding Jason Davoli and Johnathan Price.
The group began playing in the local Northeast area, where they recorded their first self-titled EP. After it released to fans, they sold 2,000 copies and earned a deal with Hollywood Records. Soon, Breaking Benjamin entered the studio, and in 2002 released their debut album, Saturate. The first single “Polyamorous,” didn’t do well with mainstream fans; yet made it on to the game, WWE vs. Smackdown Raw. The band went on to release two more singles off the album that did worse than the first.
In 2004, BB re-entered the studio to work on their next project. The first single “So Cold” became one of the bands most popular songs, reaching No. 2 on US Billboard charts. Their second single “Sooner or Later,” didn’t do as well; yet, it score with fans and received a respectable amount of radio time. We are Not Alone garnered modest success pushing the group to later add additional live footage. The band also released videos to accompany their releases and promote the new movie Hell Boy.
After extensive performing on the road and playing on every night show including, Conan O’Brian and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hummel departed and Chad Szeliga replaced him. Later, in 2006, Breaking Benjamin dropped their third album, Phobia. After the release, the band put on a memorable performance at the Stabler Arena in Pennsylvania. They used the video from the show to accompany their singles off the album. The bands song “Breath” reached No. 1 on US Billboard charts making it their most successful single to date.
In September 2009, the band released their final album, Dear Agony. The album became a commercial success for the band reaching in the top ten on iTunes music charts. After the release, Breaking Benjamin toured with Flyleaf and Three Days Grace to promote their album. The next year things came to a halt for the rock group.
In 2010, Burley announced the band went on an indefinite hiatus and began to work on side projects. During this time, the group became involved in an internal dispute over music rights that tore them apart. After the feud, Burley took the rights to the band name and left. Although there is nothing in sight, Burley insists Breaking Benjamin is not done and will have new music in the future.
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