Music / Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is an American Hard Rock and Alternative Metal band formed in 1998.

Current members: Benjamin Burnley (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Keith Wallen (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jasen Rauch (guitars), Aaron Bruch (bass) 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 Alternative Metal successes of the 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, so the band is returning... albeit with a completely new lineup, as Chad Szeliga announced just a few days later that he would no longer be working with Breaking Benjamin due to "creative differences."

The band released their fifth record Dark Before Dawn on June 23, 2015.

Studio Albums:

  • Saturate (2002)
  • We Are Not Alone (2004)
  • Phobia (2006)
  • Dear Agony (2009)
  • Dark Before Dawn (2015)

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