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Broken Hope

Formed: 1988
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Broken Hope News

Below is our complete Broken Hope news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Full Terror Assault Lineup Announced

Full Terror Assault is a three day, open air metal festival to be held at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois later this year on Sept 10th, 11th, and 12th.

The event will feature over seventy bands spanning every genre of metal along with contests, vendors, a DJ after hours party, and more. Festival goers will be able to camp on-site and enjoy over 115 acres of nature with fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities. Various ticket packages are available online with a buy-one-get-one-free special available through June 21st. The lineup includes the following artists: More...

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Broken Hope Cancels FFF Fest Appearance

Broken Hope has issued the following announcement about cancelling the band's appearance at the FFF Fest:

"Dear awesome Broken Hope fans: Regarding our scheduled appearance at FFF Fest in Mexico...we will NOT be playing due to serious logistical & business issues.

"Our booking agent is already scheduling another Mexico appearance with another promoter for later this year.

"To be clear: We're very bummed this cancellation happened, but it's beyond our control--the root-cause of this cancellation falls squarely on the shoulders of the Festival organizer.
Mexico is in Broken Hope's heart! We WILL see you all soon!

"We gave the promoter every chance to deliver on his contractual obligations as promised--even AFTER the deadline our agent stipulated. The promoter never came through and blew it for everyone." More...

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Obscene Extreme Adds Four More Bands

The Obscene Extreme America mosh pit just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The festival takes place in Montreal, QC from August 20th - 23rd, with the organizers issuing this statement about new confirmations:

"Fatal Flaw - Don’t get fooled by the band name! The only weakness these Montreal crustcore lunatics have is not being able to control the anger & ferocity that goes through their music. Raging crust punk is what you’ll get at OEF America and the only flaw possible is the lack of people in the mosh pit. Don’t make this happen, get your ass in the pit or you will feel the wrath of Fatal Flaw!

"The Drip - They're pissed off & ready to unleash the most barbaric grindcore the east-coast have ever witnessed. Washington State's The Drip deliver merciless fast-paced grind in a non stop onslaught of aggression & intensity. Get ready for a presentation of gruesome poetics while this modern grindcore band spread chaos through their blasting & unhealthy tunes.

"Noisem - Baltimore's Noisem will blast their vicious tunes in such a destructive velocity, it will feel like someone's shredding your fucking face with a cheesegrater. Formerly known as Necropsy, this young band's playing abrasive death metal at a lightning speed, destroying everything in its path. Be apart of the bestial birth of Noisem at OEF!!!

"Homewrecker - Things are going to get ugly at OEF America as Ohio's Homewrecker are back in Montreal with their grinding hardcore harmonies. They will show no mercy as they pummel your face with heavy as hell guitar riffs, punishing vocals & blistering fast drums!"

The previously announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Obscene Extreme Announces More Band Additions

The monster line up for Obscene Extreme America keeps growing with a new batch of bands announced to this year's festival in Montreal, QC from August 20th - 23rd.

Announced this week are: Power Cup, Napalm Raid, Homalka, Broken Hope, Grotesque Organ Defilement, Total Fucking Destruction, and Rumpelstilskin Grinder.

These new announcements will perform alongside the previously revealed lineup of: More...

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Neurotic Deathfest Finalizes Band Lineup

With American death metal legends Origin, the utterly brutal Morgoth from Germany, Dutch marauders Centurian and Dutch brutal death grinders Korpse rounding off the bill, the line-up for Neurotic Deathfest 2015 is complete.

Europe's premier indoor extreme metal festival sets place on April 17th - 19th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands. 42 bands in total will play at the 12th edition of the festival, including heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath, Obituary and Entombed A.D. Weekend tickets and day tickets are available through this location.

The confirmed bands are as follows:

Bloodbath, Obituary, Entombed A.D., Immolation, Origin, Devourment, Nader Sadek, Broken Hope, Pyrexia, Tribulation, Internal Suffering, Benighted, Internal Bleeding, Morgoth, Dead Congregation, Sinister, Disavowed, Soulburn, Liquid Graveyard, Mass Infection, Gorod, Kronos, Centurian, Ingested, Holocausto Canibal, Jig-Ai, Nominon, Unfathomable Ruination, Acranius, Cardiac Arrest, Incinerate, Regurgitate Life, Hideous Divinity, Contrastic, Perfecitizen, The Walking Dead Orchestra, Near Death Condition, Korpse, Bleeding Utopia, Abhorrent Decimation, Neuroma and Slaughter To Prevail. More...

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Sunday Old School: Broken Hope

The worst prompting to feature a band in the Sunday Old School column is when a member of the group dies. While the passing in question, that of drummer, Ryan Stanek, was over a week ago now, it is no less apt to feature one of death metals lesser known veterans, Broken Hope. The band was founded in 1988 in the state of Illinois by Stanek, along with vocalist, Joe Ptacek and guitarists Jeremy Wagner and Brian Griffin, with bassist, Ed Hughes joining later on.

They released two demos before signing with Grindcore International, who released their full length debut, "Swamped in Gore," the following year. Generally, it's garnered something of a mixed response from death metal fans, with some citing is as an excellent release of the time, while others appear to claim that the structure of the music can’t support the heaviness brought to the table. More...

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Original Broken Hope Drummer Dies At 42

Broken Hope's co-founding drummer Ryan Stanek has passed away at the age of 42 on March 1st. States Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner about Stanek's unexpected death:

"I was stunned to hear of Ryan's passing and I'm still not believing it. Though Ryan and I didn't talk that often since he split from Broken Hope many years ago, we did correspond once in awhile, and we always wished each other well in whatever endeavors we were pursuing. Ryan was always an extremely talented man.

"When we first met, he was the best metal drummer within a 100-mile radius, and Joe Ptacek and I were fortunate to have this amazing drum-kid in our own backyard! Ryan co-founded Broken Hope with Joe and me. We were the core… just the 3 of us, in the beginning, all in high school. Ryan also designed the very first Broken Hope logo, which was a 'circular logo' we used on our first flyers and backdrop.

"With all that, Ryan's artistic talents went beyond drums and drawing, he also played acoustic guitar incredibly well, wrote some of the segues on the earlier Broken Hope albums, contributed his own lyrical-parts on the 'Swamped In Gore' album and also, Ryan became a singer-songwriter post Broken Hope, in other bands he formed where he expressed his art his own way, and very well done. Ryan set the bar for death metal drumming when we recorded 'Loathing.' Specifically, the track 'Siamese Screams' is a song that measures any drummer's worth if he or she can play it to Ryan's original level.

"If there's a heaven, I wish you travel well, Ryan… and I imagine you and Joe [Ptacek] have met up and are having a blast." More...

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Broken Hope Recruits Bassist And Guitarist

Broken Hope recently overhauled the band lineup by adding new bassist, Diego Soria of Disgorge, and new lead-guitarist, Matt Szlachta (ex-Chimaira). Broken Hope founding-father Jeremy Wagner says:

"I'm far beyond delighted with our new members--Diego and Matt. Both of these guys are old friends of mine, and both are amazing musicians of the highest order. Diego's history with extreme death-metaller's, Disgorge, and Matt's contributions to Chimaira bring a new level of professionalism and brutality to Broken Hope.

"Moreover, Diego and Matt possess a true love for death metal and grind. Their passion for extreme metal was something their predecessors lacked--and it's a most-welcome adrenaline-shot that Broken Hope needed badly. SEE YOU ALL IN 2015--STRONGER & SICKER THAN EVER!"

Broken Hope has also announced the following 2015 Spring & Summer European festival appearances:

04/11/2015 - Royal Metal Fest - Aarhus, Denmark w/ Destruction & more
04/17/2015 - Doom Rotten Death Festival - Berlin, Germany
04/19/2015 - Neurotic Death Fest - Tilburg, Holland w/ Bloodbath, Hate Eternal, and more
04/25/2015 - Insane Insanity Fest - Erlenbach Am Main, Germany w/ Internal Bleeding
07/09/2015 - Obscene Extreme - Trutnov, Czech Republic w/ Pig Destroyer, Terrorizer
07/11/2015 - Rock Maraton Fest - Budapest, Hungary w/ The Black Dahlia Murder
07/25/2015 - Stonehenge Festival - Steenwijk, Holland w/ Devin Townsend Project
07/30/2015 - Gothoom Festival - Nova Bana, Slovakia w/ Insomnium, Agalloch
09/12/2015 - Full Terror Assault-Open Air Festival - Cave-In-Rock, Illinois The first "open air" death fest in the USA More...

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Broken Hope Parts Ways With Bassist And Guitarist

Bassist Shaun Glass and guitarist Chuck Wepfer have left Illinois death metallers Broken Hope to concentrate on their new band, The Bloodline.

States Glass: "We have been very focused and busy with our main band The Bloodline so much that we haven't had any time to be part of Broken Hope for the last 4-5 months as we can't commit to two bands 100%. That said, we aren't a part of Broken Hope anymore, but we wish them and their new members, Matt Szlachta (Chimaira) and Diego Soria (Disgorge), the best with what they do. And to all the amazing Broken Hope fans, we will see you on the road".

Check out their latest video "The Flesh Mechanic" featuring also Dino Cazares of Fear Factory below.

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Neurotic Deathfest Announces New Band Additions

The Neurotic Deathfest has announced new names for the 2015 installment, set to take place at 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands on April 17th - 19th, 2015.

Four new acts are confirmed: Obituary, Gorod, Kronos and Holocausto Canibal. The organization earlier confirmed heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath and Immolation. Tickets are available through this location.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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NEM&HF Finalizes 2014 Lineup

The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.

Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.

This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:

Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Darkest Hour
Death Rattle
Emmure
Enabler
Fallujah
Gideon
InDirections
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Oceano
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Wilson
Years Since The Storm More...

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Darkest Hour Added To NEM&HF Lineup

The promoters of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival are proud to announce the addition of longtime U.S. metalcore dynamos Darkest Hour to the lineup for this year's festivities.

This Saturday, March 22nd will also mark the finals for this year's ongoing Break Thru Music Presents: Battle for Metal Fest competition, the action going down at two locations simultaneously. At the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut at 6pm, sets from finalists Physics of Demise, Vengeful Wake, Hollow, To Die a Legend and Dream of Scipio, We Are Nothing, Lightsbane, Rise And Resist, Imperium Mortis, Acius, Behold The Beginning and Victim Of Innocence.

Back at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts where the fest takes place, the battle will include performances from Chaos Machine, Hitlist, Onward, Begat The Nephilim, Rumors of Betrayal, Seeds Of Negligence, Along Came the Flood, Assault On The Living, Carnivora, Written In Stone, Death Rattle. The winners will of course take part in the assault on the Palladium at this year's event.

From Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th over 75 bands will once again infiltrate Worcester's iconic Palladium Theatre for the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Darkest Hour, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars of Tomorrow, Silence The Messenger, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, Years Since The Storm

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Broken Hope Seeking Fan Video Submissions

Chicagoan death metallers Broken Hope are calling on fans to create their best video for the track, "The Docking Dead."

The winning submission will be chosen by the band to be used as the official clip for the track, and the winner will also receive entry to "The Best In Brutality" tour date of their choice with a guest and VIP access, plus official band merchandise and a signed postcard. The following press release was issued about the contest:

"The theme for 'The Docking Dead' involves a zombie apocalypse that spreads worldwide, due to an "undead foreskin restoration" gone wrong (read the original lyrics for inspiration). Whether the fan-made videos are conceptual, visual interpretations of the lyrics, a more standard track video, etc., PLEASE keep them SAFE and LEGAL! All submissions must be uploaded to a free streaming site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.); the link for each video must be must sent to the following email address by Mar. 28th, 2014: brokenhopevideocontest@gmail.com. For full contest details, please visit this location."

"The Docking Dead" is taken from Broken Hope's latest album, "Omen Of Disease," which was released last year. Broken Hope will be back on the road in North America this spring as part of the first installment of "The Best In Brutality" tour. Dates are available below. More...

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Unearth And Kadavar Added To NEM&HF 2014

As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!

Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Immolation Hitting The Road

The New York death metal legends in Immolation are about to hit the road on their “European Conspiracy Tour” this coming Friday, January 2014.

Joining in will be Chicago's Broken Hope, Paris based metal newbies Sweetest Devilry and Bulgarian act Eufobia (for the shows on February 13 to February 22).

Commented Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan: "We are all really excited about once again returning to Europe in support of the 'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' album. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the shows and can't wait to play a completely new live set featuring material off of almost all the releases, old and new, especially a good amount of songs off the new album. Joining us on this run will be our longtime friends from Illinois, Broken Hope, who we feel will really add a lot to the tour and it will be a pleasure to have them along with us to give the European fans a good dose of extreme death metal. See you all in a few days!" More...

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Metal Alliance Tour Invading NEM&H Festival

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.

The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...

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Broken Hope Announces Tour With Oceano

Broken Hope is proud to announce the band's first major North American tour of 2014. “The Best in Brutality” tour, co-headlined by Broken Hope and Oceano, will hit 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada in March and April.

Support comes from Fallujah, Rivers of Nihil, and Kublai Khan. The tour will also include a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Thursday, April 17th. Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope states:

“2014 keeps getting better! We've been supporting 'Omen of Disease' nonstop since its release last October, and now we're keeping the monster alive as we participate in the 'The Best In Brutality' tour! Broken Hope is thrilled to be back on another run of North America! This time we're teaming up with new and brutal blood with a lethal package that includes Oceano, Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan! This group of bands is a traveling death machine--we're all going to obliterate the US and Canada with these concerts! Broken Hope can't wait to give you all our best shows yet!”

Adam Warren of Oceano adds, “We are very honored to be a part of the 'The Best In Brutality' tour. We are equally excited to share our brand of heavy metal with the broad fan base this tour will surely bring, ending in a unique multi-metal experience for all. Bring on the circle pits!” More...

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1349 And More Added To NEM&HF 2014 Lineup

The lineup of this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.

Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event takes place at the Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at this location. The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:

1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through "Final East Coast Appearance," Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

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Sweetest Devilry Bassist To Miss Upcoming Shows

Sweetest Devilry has issued the following announcement about tapping Bastien from NightShade for upcoming tour dates:

"We've the pleasure to announce you that we will be back on the road in less than a month all across Europe with Immolation and Broken Hope! Check out the first wave of dates (more will comes this week end!)

"The sad news: our bassist Sylvere will not be able to join us on this tour... but he will be replaced on this one by our bro Bastien from the band NightShade! Hope to see you all really soon!" More...

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