It’s hard to believe that almost one year rock band Breaking Benjamin released their sixth studio album ‘Ember’. As the season turns to spring, the Wilkes-Barre, PA band are rolling through another trek headlining a stop Friday night April 5 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO. Diamante and Underoath provided the evenings support.
Newcomer Diamante is riding the momentum of her recently released debut album ‘Coming In Hot’. Wearing her distinctive tourquise dyed blue hair and studded leather jacket, Diamante commanded a stage like a veteran performer. She played an energetic set featured on her debut album including “Kind of Love” and “War Cry”. This was a historic night as this was her first ever performance set in an arena.
Metalcore veterans Underoath were up next and ripped through an assault of dynamic energized metal. Led by lead vocalist Spencer Chamberlain, the band focused on songs from their latest release ‘Erase Me’, released almost a year ago. “On My Teeth” was the first onslaught followed up quickly with “Rapture” which led into the aggressive throwback classic “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door.” A highlight at the end of the set was when the band payed tribute to the anniversary (April 5) of the death of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain by performing a brilliant cover of “Heart Shaped Box”.
After a large white curtain spanning the entire stage dropped, Breaking Benjamin exploded into enlivened “Red Cold River” from the bands latest album ‘Ember’. It wasn’t until the band had ironically completed song four “Breath”, that lead vocalist Benjamin Burley paused and addressed the crowd. He handpicked a number of children in the audience and asked them come up on stage to watch the show along side the other VIP designated fans. BB continued delivering their signature crunchy guitars mixed with the beautifully haunting vocals from Burley. The band was in top form taking fans back in time to an old school gem “Polyamorous” and other hit songs “So Cold” and “Failure”. Mid set BB mixed it up and played a mini four song medley that included Pantera’s “Cowboys From Hell”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and “Enter Sandman” from Metallica. Burnley was assisted towards the end of the set by his excellent bandmates Keith Wallen (lead guitar), Aaron Bruch (bass) as they stepped in on lead vocals for a few songs as Burley took a break. Burley addressed the audience once again and talked about how he was having trouble breathing at Colorado’s altitude. Most artists mention the difficulty they have performing at the higher altitude and Burnley made the humorous exchange carry on until he could gather enough air to finish the night off with “Torn In Two”, and the hits “Dear Agony”, and “The Diary Of Jane”.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger