2002 “SKIN” from SATURATE
Benjamin Burnley and his band, Breaking Benjamin, have released only four CDs in ten years but each collection has generated platinum selling sales and received critically acclaimed reviews. Their debut, Saturate, featured Rock Radio favorites, Polyamorous and Skin. They tackled two covers, Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence and Queen’s Who Wants To Live Forever. I’m going with Skin, ironically Benjamin hates his own song and has said on stage that he won’t sing along with the audience! Talk about a diva move there! They wanted Medicate as the single, the label won and picked Skin.
2004 “SOONER OR LATER” from WE ARE NOT ALONE
The band’s success piqued the curiousity of Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Billy helped with their 2nd CD and the Corgan-produced “Rain” was a popular radio hit. Lead single, So Cold, was added to the Hellboy Soundtrack and Blow Me Away was the theme song to the epic video game, Halo 2. The song that gets the most plays on my iTunes is “Sooner Or Later“, love that intense line, “Your scream is burning through my veins”
2006 “DIARY OF JANE” from PHOBIA
Benjamin Burnley has a fear of flying, hence they poked fun at by naming their third CD, Phobia. With heavy promotion and a killer lead single, The Diary Of Jane, record sales were out of control, as the CD went straight to #1. Their sound was becoming more aggressive, Until The End (on a previous blog) features a Burnley death scream in the mix. Capitalizing on their increased popularity, Breaking Benjamin released a concert DVD to follow up the CD. The Diary Of Jane is the band’s biggest selling single and their only #1 hit. The video has an ironic twist at the end, if you missed it, please check it out!
DAILY MUSIC TRIVIA: Which band have Breaking Benjamin co-headlined two separate major tours? Yesterday:
2009 “WITHOUT YOU” from DEAR AGONY
Breaking Benjamin continued to grow and continued with their flirtation with a nu-metal sound hinted on Phobia especially on tracks like Crawl. On a previous blog, I shared “I Will Not Bow” which exploded on Rock Radio and video channels. The title track and Give Me A Sign showed they could sing a ballad that still rocked hard. “Without You” is probably my favorite song by the band for adding up all of the elements that I love from Breaking Benjamin into one song. Great love song lyrics with dramatic nu-metal breakdowns, killer screams, yet a melodic soft overall tone. Sadly the band is on hiatus, Benjamin’s been fitting an illness and fired the other group members, so who knows if future CD’s are coming, it’s been 3 years already.