After almost 6 years since their last album release, Breaking Benjamin has finally made their way back into the spotlight. The band had a pretty long buildup to the release of their newest album, ‘Dark Before Dawn’, and their efforts did not go unnoticed, as they have landed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart! The band sold a total of 141,000 copies of their new record in the first week, the best single-week sales of the band’s career.
For comparison, the band’s 2009 album ‘Dear Agony’ entered at number 4 with 134,000 copies sold, and ‘Phobia’ peaked at number 2 with 125,000 copies moved within the first week.
The band seems to have hit a stride after their 6 year hiatus, and their move from a quartet to a five-piece. The new lineup consists of frontman Ben Burnley, drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former RED guitarist Jasen Rauch and ex-ADELITAS WAY guitarist Keith Wallen. Speaking on the subject of the hiatus, frontman Ben Burnley told The Pulse of Radio:
"I used to drink a lot, and I think it must have something to do with that because back in 2007, I stayed up drinking for three days straight — this is after already months and months of drinking heavily — and I woke up and I just felt really sick, like alcohol poisoned, and I was like, I should've probably gone to the hospital but I didn't, and I went onstage and when I went onstage I almost collapsed from being just so sick. And basically that was 2007 and it hasn't gone away."
You can pick up the band’s new album HERE