Dark Before Dawn

Breaking BenjaminJune 23, 2015
Hard Rock℗ 2015 Hollywood Records, Inc.
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Dark Before Dawn is the fifth studio album by American rock band Breaking Benjamin, released on June 23, 2015, by Hollywood Records. It is the group's first studio album following the band's hiatus lasting from early 2010 to late 2014, and the first album to feature an entirely different lineup alongside founder and frontman Benjamin Burnley. Produced and composed by Burnley, the album took shape towards the end of the hiatus and was mostly written before the new lineup "even played a single note together." The recording process took place afterwards at both a personal studio of Burnley's and at the same studio Phobia was recorded, with all of the band members performing their respective instruments, including background vocals performed by guitarist Keith Wallen and bassist Aaron Bruch, making the record their first to feature vocals other than Burnley's.
The album was a critical and commercial success. It garnered mostly positive reception, with many critics praising the album for staying true to the group's established sound, although others criticized it for sounding too similar to previous material.

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Dark2:10
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Failure3:34
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Angels Fall3:48
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Breaking the Silence3:01
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Hollow3:51
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Close to Heaven4:09
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Bury Me Alive4:04
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Never Again3:43
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The Great Divide4:12
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Ashes of Eden4:53
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Defeated3:25
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Dawn1:52
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Total length
42:49
Tracks
12
Released
June 23, 2015
Label
℗ 2015 Hollywood Records, Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
Internet connection
Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
Some of rock's idealists would have listeners believe that every artist who comes along is obligated to be totally original. But realistically, any genre of music -- be it rock, jazz, R&B, country, or Dominican merengue -- is bound to have its leaders as well as its followers. Innovators who come up with something that's totally fresh -- which could be anyone from Charlie Parker to the Sex Pistols to Astor Piazzolla to the outrageously eclectic Nellie McKay -- deserve applause, but the more derivative artists shouldn't be condemned if they're skillful at what they do. Take Breaking Benjamin, for example. We Are Not Alone, the Pennsylvania post-grunge foursome's second full-length album, is every bit as derivative as their previous release, Saturate. Sure, Breaking Benjamin tends to be slightly heavier than Creed, Third Eye Blind, and other melodic post-grunge bands they're frequently compared to; they do, in fact, incorporate traces of alt-metal favorites Tool and Korn (minus the latter's hip-hop obsession). But at the end of the day, Breaking Benjamin is still a very derivative post-grunge band -- and like Default and 3 Doors Down (two other frequent comparisons), they do such an enjoyably skillful job of being a derivative post-grunge band that one cannot help but give it up for them (unless he/she is among the musical ideologues who hate them on principle because they aren't trying to reinvent the alterna-rock wheel). We Are Not Alone (which contains three songs that were co-written with the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan) won't win any awards for innovation, but in terms of quality and craftsmanship -- as well as warmth and feeling -- Breaking Benjamin generally delivers the goods. We Are Not Alone might give you a sense of "been there, done that," but it's still a respectable footnote in the incredibly crowded post-grunge field.
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