BREAKING BENJAMIN Frontman Explains 'Heavier' Sound Of 'Ember' Album
December 4, 2018
In a brand new interview with the Rock 100.5 The KATT radio station, BREAKING BENJAMIN frontman Benjamin Burnley said that the band's latest album, "Ember", could very well be the group's heaviest release so far. "There's things that we have on all BREAKING BENJAMIN albums that are heavy, and I think we just a little bit more of that side of it on this album," he explained (see video below). "And there's really light things too — there's a song called 'The Dark Of You' that's really, really mellow and chill. But I think that it's just whatever the song calls for."
He continued: "These guys that I have [in the band] now, when I did 'Dark Before Dawn' , which is the last album, I had that about 95 percent written when I got them onboard; I wrote that mostly on my hiatus — when I took that hiatus. And so when they came into the band, it was kind of already done. There was a few things that they contributed on, but for the most part, it was done. And 'Ember' is the first album that they were there from the very start — when there was no material — so they all contributed a lot more to it. There were songs that I don't even know how to play, 'cause I didn't write the music; I just wrote the vocals and the lyrics, and they helped with the lyrics too, and some of the melodies and all that. So I was really able to kind of just take a step back — gladfully, because I had done most of the work, if not all of the work, on all of the BREAKING BENJAMIN albums before. And I'm ready — I always was; I just didn't really have anybody that I was playing with that was like-minded writers."
Benjamin added: "I mean, I've always played with some really, really amazing musicians, but a musician and a writer are two totally different things, and we just didn't really mesh too well. These guys will send me an entire song that's done, with no vocals — and sometimes with vocals — but the whole thing is done, from the start to the finish, and all I have to do is either put my own lyrics or vocals on it, or whatever. And it's really awesome to just have that; I've never had that before — I've never heard a whole song. I've only heard, like, 'Here's this riff.' And all I would do is, I would have a song already, and the riff would be in the same… it would fit in there, if I just took mine out and put that in there, so that's what I used to do. I don't really consider that writing together; I just consider it taking a piece out and putting another piece in. So this time around, I think it's a little heavier, because that's where that music that they came up with sort of took me."
BREAKING BENJAMIN's latest single, "Torn In Two", recently topped the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.
"Ember" was released in April via Hollywood Records.
Joining Burnley on the effort are guitarist Jasen Rauch (formerly of RED),guitarist/vocalist Keith Wallen (formerly of ADELITAS WAY),bassist/vocalist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist.