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MUSIC VIDEO: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin uncovers murder in ‘Red Cold River’

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Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin showed their heavier side when they released their new single, “Red Cold River,” two weeks ago, and its accompanying music video they put out today is just as heavy emotionally.

The video tells the story of a man searching for his lost daughter, so when he hits rock bottom, he turns to the supernatural to learn the truth about what happened to her. It’s a sad but compelling story that is well-told through the dark visual style of Emmy Award-winning director Kyle Cogan, who also created Breaking Benjamin’s videos for “Never Again” and “Ashes of Eden” (which can be seen below) as well as videos for Nickelback, Rise Against, Death Cab for Cutie, and many other artists.

This song is the first new music the band has released since 2015, and it is available to purchase now on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play, and it’s streaming on Spotify. The full album, “Ember,” can be pre-ordered starting Friday, Jan. 26, and while no official release date has been announced by their longtime label, Hollywood Records, Amazon is listing it as Friday, April 13.

This track seems to be a hit with fans, which is no surprise because Breaking Benjamin has been producing nothing but hits for years, delivering chart-topping singles and albums in an era where rock music is struggling for sales. Their last album, 2015’s “Dark Before Dawn,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and had three No. 1 rock radio tracks – “Failure” “Angels Fall,” and “Never Again.” It was certified gold last year and may eventually go platinum, as 2009’s “Dear Agony” did as well as 2006’s “Phobia” and 2004’s “We Are Not Alone.” Their debut album, 2002’s “Saturate,” was certified gold by the RIAA.

The group is currently on tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine, recently stopping at the Santander Arena in Reading on Jan. 16 and the Bryce Jordan Center in State College on Jan. 17.

Read NEPA Scene’s exclusive review of Breaking Benjamin’s recent show in Luzerne with photos and video here and another review of their last Scranton concert with Disturbed here.