Breaking Benjamin is an American HardRock and AlternativeMetal band formed in 1998.

Current members: Benjamin Burnley (vocals/guitar), Keith Wallen (guitar/vocals), Jasen Rauch (guitars), Aaron Bruch (bass/vocals) and Shaun Foist (drums)

Former members:, Aaron Fincke (lead guitar), Mark Klepaski (bass), Jeremy Hummel (drums), Chad Szeliga (drums)

The band had released four albums to date and were considered one of the major AlternativeMetal successes of the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]], led by lead singer Ben Burnley's emotive baritone. In the summer of 2010, they went on hiatus so Ben could address his health. In August 2011, it was revealed that Ben fired Fincke and Klepaski over the planned release of a remix for "Blow Me Away" to be included on a greatest hits album. In September 2011, Szeliga was hired as the drummer for Black Label Society. In 2013, Benjamin Burnley finally won his lawsuit against Fincke and Klepaski and won the rights to the Breaking Benjamin moniker. The band returned with a completely new lineup and released their fifth record ''Dark Before Dawn'' on June 23, 2015, and the sixth, ''Ember'', in early 2018.

!Studio Albums:

* ''Saturate'' (2002)
* ''We Are Not Alone'' (2004)
* ''Phobia'' (2006)
* ''Dear Agony'' (2009)
* ''Dark Before Dawn'' (2015)
* ''Ember'' (2018)

+ Music/BlackSabbath, Music/{{Nirvana}}, Music/AliceInChains, Music/{{Tool}}, Music/{{Metallica}}, Music/ThePixies, Music/NineInchNails, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Melvins}}
!!Tropes that apply to Breaking Benjamin include:
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** "Failure" drops the title of the album in a verse.
-->Drive the cloud away\\
We will fall from last to none\\
The ''dark before the dawn''
** "Psycho" from Ember does it in the chorus.
-->I am the ember fading
* TheAlcoholic: Ben Burnley was one early in the band's career.
* AlliterativeName: The band ''and'' the lead singer (Benjamin Burnley).
* AlternativeMetal: Their primary genre, along with PostGrunge. Being a part of this genre, they have been called NuMetal before, but they generally aren't considered to be part of that scene.
** Although, their song "Sugarcoat" from their debut album seems to have drawn influence from the waning nu metal scene.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: The song ''Home'' refers to the Wizard of Oz and includes the line : "cause Iím gonna get you and your little dog too".
* TheAntiNihilist: The narrator of "Until the End":
-->''Why give up, why give in?''
-->''It's not enough, it never is.''
-->''So I will go on until the end.''
* TheAtoner: The soldier in "Blow Me Away" ("I will stay in the mess I made")
* BadassBaritone: Ben's signature deep and soulful voice.
* BadassBoast: "Lights Out" is this.
* TheBerserker[=/=]BloodKnight[=/=]DeathSeeker: From both the title and the lyrics, one could interpret "Unknown Soldier" being about one of these:
-->''Borderline, dead inside...''
-->''Show me what it's like''
-->''To dream [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity in black and white]]''
-->''[[DeathSeeker So I can leave this world tonight.]]''
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Ben Burnley whips out the axe every so often; perhaps the most notable example is during "Until The End", at the very quietest part of the song where he's very nearly whispering:
--> Living is hard enough
* ContinuityPorn: The music video of "Torn in Two" is a sequel to "Red Cold River" but also references their previous music videos.
* DarkerAndEdgier: WordOfGod states that the upcoming album ''Ember'' will be heavier due to fan demand. A sneak preview of the song Red Cold River would seem to confirm this.
* DeadAllAlong: The music video for "Diary of Jane."
* {{Determinator}}: "Until The End" and "I Will Not Bow" are pretty good examples.
* DueToTheDead: "Anthem of the Angels."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness‎: Benjamin used to have his tongue pierced. That's why he sounds a bit off in the first album.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: The band is named after the lead singer.
* GameBreakingInjury: Ben Burnley's Wernicke's Encephalitis (aka Wet Brain Syndrome) combined with his lung infection became one for the band. Without Ben being forced to go on hiatus, it's very unlikely that the events that caused Ben to part ways with the rest of his members actually ever happened.
* TheGrimReaper: The subject of "Evil Angel."
* IAmTheBand: Since 2011, Ben Burnley is the only original member left.
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: Heavily implied in "Rain" if you pay attention to the lyrics:
-->Rain, rain, go away...
-->Come again another day...
-->All the world is waiting for the sun...
-->To lie here, under you...
-->Was all that I could ever do...
* LighterAndSofter: Their first two albums were more influenced by HeavyMetal, and as such the more alt rock influenced latter two albums are slightly softer in the music department. The lyrics are arguably darker, however, and metal is still present.
* MeaningfulName: The name of the album ''Phobia'' is a reference to Benjamin Burnley's numerous clinical phobias.
* MetalScream: Ben occasionally gives off a psuedo DeathGrowl. The choruses of "Sugarcoat" and "Believe" were performed in this manner.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their songs range from 4 to 7.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A literal version of this trope. Apparently, the band got its present name from an incident at an open mic night where Ben Burnley was covering a {{Music/Nirvana}} song and knocked over the microphone he had borrowed, cracking it. After the song was finished, the owner of the microphone came up on stage and said, [[DeadpanSnarker "I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my fucking mic."]]
** May count as an AppropriatedAppellation.
* NotChristianRock: The song "Give me a sign" is close to a prayer and "The Great Divide" outright references prayer, and many of their songs seem to have some religious messages. However, the band isn't labelled as Christian.
* OffToSeeTheWizard: The song ''Home'' is basically a wholesale reference to The Wizard of Oz.
* PostGrunge: Often considered to be one of the best of this genre.
* PrecisionFStrike: As far as hard rock bands go, Breaking Benjamin's music is relatively clean. But they'll get a couple of these in every album. Notable is "Simple Design" on ''We Are Not Alone'':
-->You must be out of your mind
-->This was a simple design
-->You '''fuck''' it up every time
-->How could you leave me behind?
** ClusterFBomb: On the other hand, when Ben's talking between songs during concerts, he uses the F-bomb like a comma.
* RainRainGoAway: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Rain."]]
* ReincarnationRomance: The music video of "Ashes of Eden" has a couple of AncientAstronauts who falls on Earth then find each others again in modern time
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Keith and Aaron regularly perform lead vocals for certain songs during live shows.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Forget It" and "Rain" from ''We Are Not Alone'', "Ashes of Eden" from ''Dark Before Dawn''.
* TheresNoPlaceLikeHome: The line is featured in and one of the major themes of "Home", a song that is basically a wholesale reference to The Wizard of Oz,.
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: The videoclip ''I will not bow'' promoted the movie ''Surrogates'' but shows many key scenes and the ending.
* VillainSong: "Failure", if you consider the lyrics from a certain perspective.
--> ''Tired of feeling lost, tired of letting go. Tear the whole world down, tear the whole world down...''
* WhatHaveIBecome: Actually said (or, rather, [[MetalScream screamed]]) word for word in "Diary of Jane."
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The title of their third album, ''Phobia'', is a reference to Ben Burnley's many phobias. The most notable of which is his fear of flying as it is the reason why the band didn't tour outside the United States and Canada for a very long time.
* WorldHalfEmpty: Played with on a few of their songs.