On Friday afternoon, Breaking Benjamin released the fourth single, 'Psycho', from their highly-anticipated upcoming album Ember coming out April 13th on Hollywood Records. The track hits hard and heavy just like the previous tracks we have heard so far and the fan reaction has certainly been positive. The song starts off with a heavy, groovy riff that feeds off of a pounding rhythm section to guide the guitars in the mix. The bass tone in particular certainly builds off of heavier tones that were audible in Dark Before Dawn comparatively to previous records. Of course what is a Breaking Benjamin song without a swooning and melodic chorus? The vocal strength of Benjamin Burnley is on full display in this chorus, which I'm sure we will hear legions of fans screaming during their tour with Five Finger Death Punch this summer. While this record was rumored to be heavier than the past effort, it certainly seems to be the case based on the first batch of songs we have heard off of Ember. Keep posted for the latest news on Ember as we are only 16 short days away from hearing the record in it's entirety!
Be sure to checkout Breaking Benjamin on tour this Spring and Summer as they hit the festival circuit and support the new record.
By Steven Kourepenos
We are just a month away from Breaking Benjamin’s highly anticipated record Ember, coming out on April 13th on Hollywood Records. Once again, the band has given its fans a taste of the new sound with the new single, 'Blood'. This tune certainly picks up where ‘Red Cold River’ and ‘Feed the Wolf’ left off - a familiar Breaking Benjamin sound with honest lyrics, combative guitars and an aggressive driving force throughout.
Out of the three songs released so far, this is personally my favorite chorus which draws inspiration from Phobia’s ‘Topless’ and Dear Agony’s ‘Crawl’ and is sure to be a fan favorite. Old school fans who enjoy the brutal honesty of Burnley’s writing will love lyrics such as “Sick of f***** up // Tired of falling in” which interweaves seamlessly into the stinging guitars of the first verse. There are some definite nu-metal vibes tones used in the guitar mix and especially the last bridge that bring bands like Mudvayne and Taproot to mind, which a nice ‘quiet-loud’ contrast.
In recent interviews, Ben Burnley has mentioned that they are looking to make this a heavier record than Dark Before Dawn. Burnley recently said, “Playing-wise, it’s the most difficult album” which certainly sheds some light on the complexity of the guitar work. The three guitar dynamic is without question at the front of the mix in all three of these songs and looks to be a main component in the formula for Ember. It is also important to mention that this is the first record that the new lineup has fully written together as Dark Before Dawn was previously written by Ben Burnley intermittently during the band’s hiatus.
Breaking Benjamin just wrapped up their Winter tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine and will be playing the festival circuit coming up in the Spring and Summer with gigs at Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range.
Breaking Benjamin are teasing fans with yet another single from their upcoming album, Ember. Today, the band released their new single, "Feed The Wolf"- and you don't want to miss it.
In our opinion, "Feed The Wolf" is a perfect follow up to the band's first single, "Red Cold River." Crank up the volume and "Feed The Wolf" will instantly feel like a classic Breaking Benjamin ballad. The song has the big hooks and melodic chorus you would expect from Dear Agony. While "Red Cold River" takes the opportunity to highlight the strengths of its newest members; 'Feed The Wolf," is a clear demonstration the band knows how to reinvent their classic sound.
Want to hear Breaking Benjamin live and loud? Pick up tickets to see them play with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine in a city near you!
By: Chris Coutsoukis
After their recent return to the radio winners' club with "Cut The Cord," long-time rock veterans in Shinedown are back on the road bringing along Breaking Benjamin. After some time away from the limelight both acts are sporting new music, Breaking Benjamin will be playing tunes from their Billboard #1 Dark Before Dawn while Shinedown is sure to flex some upcoming ballads from their highly anticipated Threat To Survival which hits stores September 18th. Shindown frontman Brent Smith comments, " refers to that primal instinct in all of us that determines how we respond to crisis and conflict – the idea of ‘fight or flight’ and the choices we make in any given situation. This album represents those deciding moments for us as a band. It’s a collection of scenarios that made us who we are, and is, by far, the most autobiographical album we’ve created to date.” Dates for the tour can be found below.
Fall Co-Headliner Dates:
Oct. 16 - Wichita, KS - Intrust Arena
Oct. 18 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheater
Oct. 20 - Rio Rancho, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
Oct. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - KUPD Festival @ Mesa Amphitheater
Oct. 22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
Oct. 24 - Sacramento, CA - Monster Energy Aftershock 2015
Oct. 26 - Everett, WA - Xfinity Center
Oct. 27 - Kennewick, WA - Toyota Center
Oct. 29 - Bozeman, MT - Brick Breedan Fieldhouse
Oct. 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverick Center
Oct. 31 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Events Center
Nov. 02 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford Premier Center
Nov. 04 - Cedar Rapids, IA - US Cellular Center
Nov. 06 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Nov. 07 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
Nov. 08 - Salem, VA - Salem Center
Nov. 10 - Knoxville, TN - Knoxville Coliseum
Nov. 11 - Huntsville, AL - Von Braun Center
Nov. 13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 14 - Little Rock, AR - Verizon Center
Nov. 15 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center
Nov. 17 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Center Coliseum
Nov. 19 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 20 - St. College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
Nov. 21 - Huntington, WV - Big Sandy Arena
Nov. 23 - Albany, NY - Time Union Center
Nov. 24 - Portland, ME - Cross Insurance Arena
By: Chris Coutsoukis
In just a short 24 hours not only have the nu-metal legends in Disturbed returned to the scene after a four year hiatus, but they have released a brand new music video for their single "The Vengeful One" along with album details for their upcoming sixth studio album, Immortalized. This is the band's latest studio work since 2010's Asylum and is slated for an August 21st release.
It seems the hard rock industry is firing on all fronts as two "New Wave of American Metal" giants Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed have risen from the ashes. Frontman David Draiman comments, “The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated.” According to Loudwire, the band had been writing since the end of 2014 and kept the studio work top secret to the industry. Drayman continues, "For this album, everything was written in the same room,” says Draiman. “It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us. That became apparent in the material, whether it was the passion of the performance, the power being harnessed, or the feelings evoked. We could feel the difference.”