Dark Before Dawn is the fifth album by American rock band Breaking Benjamin, released on June 23, 2015. It is the groups first album to feature the entirely new lineup alongside founder and frontman Benjamin Burnley after the bands four year hiatus.
The album was a critical and commercial success. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the group’s first in their catalog, selling 141,000 units in its first week, making it heretofore the group’s most successful sales effort.
This is album is exactly what I wanted it to be and what I wanted was another Breaking Benjamin album. An album in the same vein as their previous efforts. I didn’t want a new direction, I didn’t wanted a new vibe. I wanted another album, just like their others, from an amazing band.
In a way we were always going to get that. Yes they lost and replaced all of the members other than Benjamin Burnley himself. But Burnley was and still is Breaking Benjamin. It’s his baby and he agrees explaining that he didn’t want to ‘reinvent the wheel’ with the album. All he needed was to get away from the legal troubles, surrounded himself with talented musicians again and voila! Another amazing Breaking Benjamin album.
The review itself for this album is pretty simple. Did you like their older material? Yes? You’ll like this one too. If you didn’t, then what the hell are you doing here anyway?!
I can’t help but feel that Ben must be sitting on an absolute ton of material that he was writing during the hiatus. So a big part of me is hoping for and anticipating a new album next year as well. Maybe that’s just me being greedy though?
Again, if you liked Breaking Benjamin’s older albums. You’ll love this one too.