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Special Edition, Collector's Edition
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PHOBIA Collector's Edition includes the first release ever of a concert-length video from Platinum-selling Breaking Benjamin. The concert was recorded in Allentown, PA on February 11, 2007 in front of thousands of the band's hometown fans. It features all the hits that have made Breaking Benjamin one of the premier rock bands working today including So Cold,The Diary of Jane, Sooner or Later, Polyamorous and the latest smash, Breath. This is the explicit version.
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I bought the album as a digital download, and the sound quality is excellent.
Thus far my favorite tracks would probably be:
2. Dance With The Devil
3. You Fight Me
4. Had Enough
But I have a feeling I will enjoy the remaining songs as well, as I really appreciate the overall sound and style of the album.
We Are Not Alone and especially Saturate (Breaking Ben's debut CD) contained some great Metal music that separated them from the rest of the "Nu" pack with a different sound....A sound that was not only distinctly different from the rest of the Nu Metal genre, but each song on Breaking Ben 1 & 2 are distinctly different from each other. On the other hand, it's hard to tell that the track has changed on Phobia.
Breaking Benjamin established a signature sound with their first two releases. On Phobia, they have moved away from their signature sound to the more familiar sound of the many bands that are hard to tell apart (Staind, 10 Years, Trapt) popular on XM Radio's Squizz or Sirius Radio's Octane.
With the exception of the radio played Diary of Jane (track 2) and Topless (track 8), all of the songs on Phobia start relatively heavy, with a great driving beat, but immediately evaporate into a whisper of sorts...like the retched, familiar "I'm in pain" lyrical style popular with Staind.
There was a lot more guitar work on the previous two CDs, and I was hopeful that it would be expanded on Phobia. But indeed we get the exact reverse. The Nu Metal law against guitar solos is solidly in place on Phobia.
Breaking Benjamin also lost key backbeater Jeremy Hummel to a lesser talented Chad Szeliga. Hummel really drove the music with funky beats, off time fills and some great double bass work; Szeliga is good but just keeps time. Hummel and Breaking Ben are supposedly in an ugly royalties fight.
Ben Vaught formerly of HED PE did a several month stint in 2005 before Szeliga came in, but I guess Vaught was one too many Ben's to Break.
The other musicians are of course Benjamin Burnley (Vocals, Guitar) along with vets Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaski (Bass).
Final thoughts: If you're like me and you don't mind purchasing an entire CD just to get two or three really good songs, you can pick up Phobia pretty cheap (at the time of this writing) on Amazon. If you're tired of the Nu Metal let's-all-sound-the same-club, Phobia really isn't "Breaking" any new ground.