Long one of hard rock’s most consistent and successful bands, Breaking Benjamin have left almost no stone unturned. About the only thing Breaking Benjamin haven’t done in their career to date is release an acoustic album, but that is set to change – possibly by the end of the year, if the timing is right.
This past Tuesday (12/11), Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin just wrapped the Fall arena portion of the biggest North American co-headlining rock tour of 2018. The bands announced today, they have chosen to donate a portion of their ticket sales this fall to two charity organizations close to their hearts. Five Finger Death Punch donated $30,000 to VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife). The mission of VETPAW is to end the illegal poaching of Rhinos, Elephants and other endangered species. VETPAW does this by utilizing the unrivaled skills and experience of highly trained combat veterans to form anti-poaching units, train local park rangers and support their communities. Meanwhile, BREAKING BENJAMIN has donated $30,000 to a charity they’ve supported for many years St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, whose mission is to help further research to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. With their Summer and Fall tours combined, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and BREAKING BENJAMIN have now donated over $250,000 to charities in 2018.
Recently our photojournalist Savannah Rowley had the privilege to cover Five Finger Death Punch’s tour at the CFE Arena in Orlando, FL on December 5th. Filled with pyro and ground-shaking bass, it’s no wonder this band is still around performing all over the world. Also on the bill was Breaking Benjamin, In Flames, and From Ashes to New.
With the band’s newest full-length Ember dropping a few days ago, it’s a great time to revisit Breaking Benjamin, who have cemented themselves as one of the more consistent modern rock bands. It’s somewhat debatable, but the general consensus is that the band’s 2006 album Phobia, which eventually went platinum, is the band’s best work. It’s also hard to argue with the fact that it contains so many anthemic songs. Even the non-singles are brilliant slices of mid-2000’s hard rock.
Revisited is a TNF-curated series that will highlight influential and overlooked albums from bands who have unfairly flown under the radar, classic albums that are celebrating an anniversary, and/or albums we think you need to listen to again.