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 via 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 creates 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.
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