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STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin ‘Feed the Wolf’ with new single

STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin ‘Feed the Wolf’ with new single
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After releasing a cinematic music video for “Red Cold River” – the first single from their upcoming album – last week, Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin followed it up with the next single, “Feed the Wolf,” today.

Streaming below, “Feed the Wolf” continues the heavier direction of “Red Cold River,” the first new music the band has released since 2015. Both “Feed the Wolf” and “Red Cold River” are available to purchase now on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play, and they’re streaming on Spotify. The full album, “Ember,” can be pre-ordered starting today; the cover art (shown above) was revealed earlier this week after the “Red Cold River” video reached 500,000 views.

While no official release date for the album has been announced by their longtime label, Hollywood Records, Amazon is listing it as Friday, April 13.

In interviews like one with The Pulse of Radio, vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Burnley says that he knows what works in terms of their sound and wants to stay consistent in his songwriting.

“I don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” he noted. “I just want to write good music that’s going to stand the test of time, and I try to do that. Whether I accomplished that is another thing, but at least I try to do that. And I think fans are noticing that the band hasn’t changed just because I’m the main songwriter; I always have been, and my process – it’s not going to change. All I’m going try to do is just write really, really good songs and bring the Breaking Benjamin sound to another level.”

Both new tracks seem to be going over well 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.