Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, founded in 1999 by lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Burnley and drummer Jeremy Hummel. The first lineup of the band also included guitarist Aaron Fink and bassist Mark Klepaski. This lineup released two albums, Saturate (2002) and We Are Not Alone (2004), before Hummel was replaced by Chad Szeliga in 2005. The band released two more studio albums, Phobia (2006) and Dear Agony (2009), before entering an extended hiatus in early 2010 due to Burnley’s recurring illnesses.
The album was met with mostly positive critical reception, many critics praising the album for staying true to the group’s sound, though others criticized it for sounding too similar to previous material. Dan Marsicano from About Entertainment stated, “Burnley could have made his creation just another dose of the glitzy, overproduced crap that is heard on every rock radio station in the world. Instead, Breaking Benjamin hardly deviate from the hooky jams that were present on Dear Agony.” Conversely, AllMusic’s James Monger felt that “it’s hard to conceal the fact that most of these songs are nearly interchangeable with the band’s older material. Revolver’s Jeremy Borjon felt that “the music’s true force only becomes apparent through deeper and repeated listenings, as the songs, on the surface, have a tendency to blend into one another.”