Breaking Benjamin – I Will Not Bow
Breaking Benjamin, an American post-grunge/alternative metal band, consists of four studio albums, one compilation album, three extended plays, sixteen singles and eight music videos. Breaking Benjamin has sold over 5 million albums in the US alone.
“I Will Not Bow” is the first single from alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin’s 2009 album Dear Agony. It was featured in the ending credits of the Bruce Willis film Surrogates. The song was not written specifically for the film, but according to drummer Chad Szeliga, “Ben sent a few songs to our record label, Hollywood Records,” which is owned by Disney, who then decided they “wanted a Breaking Benjamin song for this movie.” As of February 21, 2010, the single has sold 529,414 units. The song was also being used heavily on MLB Network as lead-in and lead-out music during the 2010 MLB postseason.
The single was originally planned to be added to the band’s MySpace page at 12:00 AM on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, before its first radio play on St. Louis radio station, 105.7 The Point, along with an interview with Aaron Fink on the Woodie and Rizzuto show later that morning. However, on Tuesday afternoon, August 11, The Point was scooped by radio station 97.9X (WBSX) of Wilkes-Barre, PA (Breaking Benjamin’s home town) who played the single before Hollywood Records’ intended release date. This caused an earlier premiere to Breaking Benjamin’s MySpace page. The song was added at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, August 11, 2009.
The song became available at iTunes on August 31, 2009, and is a downloadable track for the video game, Rock Band.
The original version off Dear Agony is 3:37 long. There is also a radio edit, which can be heard over public radio; the edit does not contain the intro scream “fall”. The 3rd version of “I Will Not Bow” is only 3:13 long and can be heard on the end credits of the movie Surrogates. The 4th version is an acoustic version, accompanied by strings. This version was released on the extended version of the band’s greatest hits album on August 16th, 2011.