Broken Hope

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Broken Hope
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Death metal
Years active 1988–2002, 2012-present
Labels Metal Blade
Website Broken Hope facebook
Past members Joe Ptacek
Jeremy Wagner
Brian Griffin
Ryan Stanek
Shaun Glass
Scott Creekmore
Dave Duff
Ed Hughes
Sean Baxter
Larry DeMumbrum
Jeff Bumgardner
Duane Timlin

Broken Hope is an American death metal band from Chicago, Illinois.

History[edit]

Broken Hope was founded in 1988. They were known as an accomplished mid-paced style death metal band with low-pitched growling vocals. As a band, they spanned roughly twelve years, recording five albums between 1991 and 1999.

The early lineup of Broken Hope was Joe Ptacek (vocals), Jeremy Wagner (rhythm guitar), Brian Griffin (lead guitar), and Ryan Stanek (drums). They scored a deal with the then-fledging Grindcore/RedLight Label and recorded their debut album, Swamped in Gore.[1]

Following the release, Metal Blade Records signed the band, who released their second album, The Bowels of Repugnance, in 1993.[1] The band's third album, 1995's Repulsive Conception, reached CMJ New Music Monthly's Metal Top 25 chart,[2] as did the follow-up, 1997's Loathing,[3] an album which explored topics such as political domination, necrophilia, and safe sex.[4]

The band moved to newly formed indie Martyr Records for their fifth album, Grotesque Blessings, released in 1999.[1] Rumors of the band's demise circulated at this time,This also marks the last album Joe Ptacek was ever on[5] and by April 2002, Broken Hope disbanded.[6]

In a 2007 interview, Wagner explained that several factors, including band dysfunction and a lack of support in Europe from Metal Blade, contributed to the split.[7] Wagner added that the band members had met "face to face" for the first time in five years and discussed a possible reunion.[7]

On January 20, 2010, vocalist Joe Ptacek committed suicide.[8][9] He was 37 years old.

The band reunited in 2012 with Shaun Glass- Bass Jeremy Wagner Guitars, new drummer Mike Miczek, and new vocalist Damian Leski from Gorgasm, playing a North American tour with Obituary, Decrepit Birth, Jungle Rot, and Encrust.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums
Extended Plays
  • Hobo Stew (1993)
Demo's
  • Broken Hope (1990)
  • Demo 2 (1990)
  • Demo '93 (1993)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Broken Hope - Biography". Allmusic (Macrovision Corporation). Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  2. ^ "Metal Top 25". CMJ New Music Monthly (College Media, Inc.) (24): 46. August 1995. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  3. ^ "Metal Top 25". CMJ New Music Monthly (College Media, Inc.) (45): 48. May 1997. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  4. ^ Iwasald, Scott (1997-04-02). "Broken Hope Grinds onto Scene; Grip Inc. Returns". Deseret News (Deseret News Publishing Company). p. C5. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  5. ^ Stewart-Panko, Kevin (February 2000). "Aggressive Tendencies". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Broken Hope's Jeremy Wagner: Where It All Went Wrong". Blabbermouth.net. 2002-04-02. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  7. ^ a b "Broken Hope to Reunite?". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  8. ^ "Joe Ptacek suicide". Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  9. ^ http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=52298

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