According to Billboard, BREAKING BENJAMIN's latest single, "Torn In Two", has topped the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. The second single from the band's sixth studio album, "Ember", is BREAKING BENJAMIN's sixth Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1. It is also the band's fourth chart topper in just over three years, following "Never Again" (for two weeks, beginning April 1, 2017), "Angels Fall" (four weeks; November 7, 2015) and "Failure" (nine weeks; May 23, 2015).
The previous single from "Ember", "Red Cold River", peaked at No. 2 in March.
"Ember" was released in April via Hollywood Records. The effort marks the first time frontman Benjamin Burnley got the other members of the band — guitarist Jasen Rauch (formerly of RED), guitarist/vocalist Keith Wallen (formerly of ADELITAS WAY), bassist/vocalist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist — involved in the songwriting process.
"The guys in the band now, not to put anybody down, but the writing we had done with the old lineup, it was very limited and it was very unorganic to me," Burnley told The Herald-Journal. "I would have to take pieces and parts from things and make them fit into things that I already had. So with this band, on the writing aspect as well, the writing that those guys do is a lot more along the lines of the writing that I would do. We all kind of clicked that way."
Regarding the heavier musical approach on the new disc, Burnley, who also served as producer, told Guitar World: "The riffs are crazy, and the guitar sound is huge. People think there's tons of guitars on the tracks, but there really isn't. For the most part, it's just four rhythm guitars, and then we have little melody embellishments and leads. When you play the right parts and you space them out well, everything sounds bigger and bolder, so you actually have to do less."