Rich Howells

Breaking Benjamin returns from hiatus with new lineup

Breaking Benjamin returns from hiatus with new lineup
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Breaking Benjamin, the most commercially successful rock band to come out of NEPA, announced their official return on Facebook and Twitter today, confirming a brand new lineup.

The Wilkes-Barre group, which has sold more than five million albums in the U.S., has been on hiatus since 2010, when frontman Benjamin Burnley was dealing with health issues. A legal dispute over a remix of the song “Blow Me Away” on the band’s greatest hits album soon after, which led to a legal battle with guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski, resulted in Burnley retaining sole rights to the name of the band and the departure of all members except Burnley. He reemerged in 2013, playing a few local acoustic performances and releasing this video on Facebook last November:

After a teaser image was posted on Aug. 16, this message and video came out today via Facebook:

So, in other words, here’s the current lineup with their duties and former bands:

Shaun Foist – drums/percussion (formerly of Picture Me Broken)
Aaron Bruch – bass/backing vocals (formerly of OurAfter and Forever Oeuvre)
Jasen Rauch – guitar (formerly of RED)
Keith Wallen – guitar/backing vocals (formerly of Adelitas Way)
Benjamin Burnley – vocals/guitar

Breaking Benjamin’s last original studio album was their fourth, “Dear Agony,” in 2009, so fans have been waiting a long time for new material. From the looks of things, they may finally get their wish.