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STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin unleashes heavy new single ‘Red Cold River’

STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin unleashes heavy new single ‘Red Cold River’
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As they promised two weeks ago, Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin released their new single, “Red Cold River,” early this morning, diving into the heavier side of their sound while maintaining the melodic atmosphere they’re known for.

In interviews like one with The Pulse of Radio, vocalist/guitarist Benjamin Burnley says that he knows what works 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.”

The 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, though no official release date has been announced by their longtime label, Hollywood Records.

Judging by a teaser also released today, a music video for “Red Cold River” will be coming soon as well:

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.

Starting Jan. 12, the group will tour the country with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine. The closest stops to their hometown area will be the Santander Arena (700 Penn St., Reading) on Tuesday, Jan. 16 and the Bryce Jordan Center (127 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park) on Wednesday, 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.