Music Mayhem Magazine’s Kristyn Clarke caught up with Breaking Benjamin band members Keith Wallen and Jasen Rauch at this past weekend’s Fort Rock Festival in Sunrise, Florida at Markham Park.
They discussed a few “Moment’s Of Mayhem” that occurred during the recording process for the band’s latest album release, Ember, what they like to “nerd” out about in their spare time, as well as, what comes next on the horizon, as Breaking Benjamin gears up to hit the road with Five Finger Death Punch later this year!
Check out the full interview below:
Breaking Benjamin are no strangers to the upper echelons of the rock charts. Since bursting onto the scene with 2002’s Saturate, the band has amassed an impressive string of mainstream rock radio hits, including “The Diary of Jane,” and the No. 1 singles “So Cold,” “Failure,” “Breath” and “I Will Not Bow.”
The self-produced Ember, Breaking Benjamin’s sixth album and first full-length since 2015’s Dark Before Dawn, once again contains an abundance of high-caliber, melodic hard rock. But ask Breaking Benjamin guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Ben Burnley about the significance of the album title, and his answer to Music Mayhem hints at intriguing new dimensions: “An ember can either be the end of something or the beginning of it.”
The band’s new single, “Red Cold River,” falls firmly into the latter camp. After starting with a subdued intro, the song explodes with stinging riffs, howling vocals and frenzied drumming. Later, an avalanche of churning guitars and mesmerizing harmonies cloak the ominous assertion, “I can’t feel anything at all/This life has left me cold,” before the song’s verses retreat once again into sparser territory. It’s an earworm that burrows deep, and begs repeated listens.