Breaking Benjamin is a band that had been formed by the lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and takes its name from a funny incident in Benjamin’s career when he was part of another team and broke a microphone. During that time, Benjamin had played a softer style of music.
The initiation of Breaking Benjamin was in 1999 and was originally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. From the beginning, the style of the band had been that of hard rock, alternative metal, post-grunge, and rock.
Benjamin took on Jeremy Hummel – drummer, Aaron Fink – guitarist, Mark Klepaski – bassist; as initial members of the band. But it was not until 2002 that this lineup released the album "Saturate", and it was followed by the album "We Are Not Alone" in 2004. Then, Chad Szeliga – drummer replaced Jeremy Hummel.
With Chad Szeliga on board, and since he was known for his ability as a stage performer, the band’s next album "Phobia" had a unique style, and at the same time was dedicated to the issues of various phobias with which Benjamin was plagued namely fear of flying, fear of dark, driving anxiety, death anxiety, and hypochondriasis. Incidentally, those were almost the exact names of the songs in the album.
Commercial success followed the release of Phobia, and more than 130, 000 copies were sold in just the first week. It peaked at No 2. on Billboard 200 and thereafter became credited as gold, then platinum. Part of the album was the single "The Diary of Jane" and it peaked at No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart. It was also acknowledged as the fastest single to be added to radio playlists.
With that success, the band was caught up in touring and playing the songs of the album for several years. It was not until 2009 that the next album "Dear Agony" was released and again depicts personal experiences of Benjamin. He was the one who wrote the songs about his suffering due to alcohol consumption and subsequent cessation. The album peaked at No. 4 on Billboard 200, and eventually outsold the previous album. Singles from the album not only got several Mainstream Rock Songs charts but also achieved gold and platinum.
With such successes, the band should have gone on with producing their exceptional style of music, but that is not the case and in 2010, due to differences between band members, the band broke up and there was only Benjamin holding on to the band name and base. It was not until 2014 that Benjamin managed to bring on the present members and set up Breaking Benjamin anew; Aaron Bruch – bass and backing vocals, Shaun Foist – drums, Jasen Rauch – guitar, Keith Wallen – guitar and backing vocals.
"Dark Before Dawn" was their comeback album in 2015, and was their ticket to worldwide success, as well as tours that took them around the world. "Ember" was the next album got released in 2017. Both these albums helped Breaking Benjamin in gaining recognition as well as a wide fan base with a style that is as unique as it touches on the human factors and weaknesses, emotions, and acceptance of all these factors that make up humans.