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.
At a recent Broken Hope show with Deicide, a fan was attacked by a concert-goer with a box cutter.
The injured fan, Julio Serrano, had his throat slashed during the band’s set and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Numerous media outlets reported on the status of Julio, and Broken Hope can now issue an accurate update on the progress of the most hardcore of fans!
Right after the incident happened, Broken Hope rushed Julio Serrano a special care package in the hopes that the gifts would brighten his spirits. Julio responded recently with an update that he received the package and he is doing much better now.
Broken Hope: "Broken Hope sent a special BH care-package to Julio Serrano - we wanted to lift Jullio's spirits and let him know we genuinely support and care about him. If this photo says anything, Julio Serrano is doing much better! Cheers and the best of health to you, Julio!" More...
A new episode of "In the Vault" with Shanda Golden has now been posted online, in which she interviews the ESP Guitars endorsed Jeremy Wagner & Chuck Wepfer of Broken Hope. Check out the video interview below.
After a series of online posts and interviews attacking each other following the end of the No Salvation tour, Broken Hope and Deicide have reached out to each other, made apologies, and mended friendships. Broken Hope comments:
"Glen Benton, Shaun Glass, and Jeremy Wagner have been good friends for 20 years and the blow-up in El Paso was completely unnecessary and the situation could have been rectified if all parties talked it out as friends.
"Moreover, there were some very low-blows lobbed in an effort to maim Glen Benton, and a number of those words were very unfair and very immature, so to that end, we apologize.
"That said, both bands have extended olive branches to each other in order to retain their longtime friendships, and to rise above all the worthless drama, finger-pointing, and scandalous fallout that’s plagued both bands.
"We’re glad to once again have Benton’s friendship and to have Deicide as brothers. FRIENDSHIP and MUSIC are ALL that matters here.
"We ask all fans to please embrace our effort to revive our friendship with Glen and Deicide, and as we all take a higher, more positive road. "
Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner has issued an update via the band's Facebook page regarding the violent events unfolding at a show with Deicide in El Paso.
Nearly an hour after putting up the post, it was removed from the official Broken Hope page without explanation. Here is the original post:
El Paso…first a maniac wielding a box-cutter cuts 3 fans at our concert—one ear-to-ear (thankfully all the victims are going to recover), then we learned that Glen Benton is kicking us off the No Salvation Tour. It was a helluva night. Since we started this tour, we’ve had to endure Glen Benton’s constant bitching and ultimatums. He was always trying to snip our balls and demanded that we couldn’t use our fog machines and on some nights, we couldn’t use our backdrops or other production elements because he had issues with all of it. With respect to the headliner, we abided. Moreover, in efforts of friendship, good tour vibes, and because we’re simply cool fucking guys, we let Glen Benton and his band use OUR BACKLINE because they didn’t want to bring all their gear on tour!
Specifically, we let the headliner use our cabinets and Glen Benton used our entire bass rig—head and cabinet—since his own bass head failed him early on. While we were generous with our backline, not once did Benton thank us, offer us a dime, or even lift a finger to help move anything—and he fucked up our bass head numerous times with his resetting the EQ, etc., despite us politlely asking him NOT to mess with the bass tone we dialed in. Gee, with all the money and free gear Benton brags about to us daily, you’d think he’d do something about getting his own rig.
Things got ugly in El Paso when, after we learned Benton had lost our bass rig cables and once again fucked with our bass head, so, we put our foot down and told him he couldn’t use the head anymore. Note: we still allowed Benton to use our cabinets for their show.
That said, Benton threw an EPIC hissy-fit and immediately kicked us off the tour! He booted BROKEN HOPE from the tour simply because we refused to let him use our bass head! What bullshit. Now, even though that lame reason is what Benton used to get rid of us, I believe there’s more to the story here. During this entire tour Benton has given BH and our crew nothing but a shitty attitude and has tried to sabotage our production every day for no good reason. Though Benton blocked us from using our fog machines, he couldn’t stop us from using our professional soundman, nor stop us from giving concertgoers an amazing and high-powered show. The fact remains—as all our show attendees have seen—we fucking handed Glen Benton his ass every night of the tour and he couldn’t keep up. Benton and his caravan of mini-van drivers couldn’t touch our live show—even on our worst night.
Benton sent Shaun Glass a text last night, threatening to break his jaw if Shaun badmouthed Benton. Well, I’m calling Benton out right now because his bullshit is old, fake, and he ain’t scaring anyone. Glen Benton is a lazy, jealous, jaded, ungrateful, unprofessional, egomaniacal bully. He menaces everyone from bands and fans, to promoters and booking agents. How he maintains a career is beyond me. And this time, he fucked with the wrong band. Karma is a bitch, Benton.
On behalf of BROKEN HOPE, I’m sorry to the fans who won’t see our performances in Dallas and Austin. You all know it’s not our fault…we’d give you all a free show if we could. Thank you all for the support, for coming to our shows, for all the love you’ve given our OMEN of DISEASE album, and for understanding the bullshit and temper tantrums we’ve had to put up with on this tour.More...
Broken Hope is currently out on the road with Deicide on the "No Salvation" tour and has posted the following message online about a fan having his throat cut during a show:
"Broken Hope just learned a fan got their throat cut with a box cutter during Broken Hope's set tonight in El Paso. Cops and paramedics are all over the place. Please send warm wishes to this fan."
A local news organization, KTSM.com, also reported on the situation:
At least two people were hospitalized after a fight at a metal concert in Downtown El Paso.
It happened at Tricky Falls on South El Paso Street near East Overland at about 11 last night. Police said at some point, a fight broke out and at least one person was stabbed in the neck.
One person who was there said he saw two people fighting in the mosh pit during the Deicide concert and then people pulled the two away from each other.
Paramedics took at least two people to University Medical Center with serious injuries. Police were investigating.More...
Broken Hope is proud to bring you the brand new, gore-tastically horrific music video for "The Flesh Mechanic." Check out the video below.
"The Flesh Mechanic" was directed by Corey Soria (Danzig, Hollywood Undead, etc.) and features gore-laden traditional horror FX by Jamie Grove, who handles make up and creature effects for major motion pictures. Jamie Grove began his career at age 13 and has been working in his craft for 15 years. Jamie's resume includes his work on such films as The Devil's Rejects, Halloween, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Hostel 2, and his current work can be seen in the new Robocop.
"The Flesh Mechanic" also features Dino Cazares of Fear Factory as a special guest actor. Cazares says, “It was a honor to be a part of the Broken Hope video. I had a great time getting bludgeoned in the head with a severed arm then getting my face sliced off with a dull knife.”
Broken Hope's Jeremy Wagner adds, “I'm so excited and happy about ‘The Flesh Mechanic’ video! This is only the 2nd music video we've ever done (the first was ‘Into The Necrosphere’ in 1995), and it truly captures the horror and brutality of the storyline and the music. It was a pleasure working with my friend, Corey Soria. Corey is a brilliant director and he has the best video and camera crew. Moreover, Corey has a genuine passion for horror and death metal, so this collaboration couldn't have been more perfect. Even more amazing is the fact that FX-god--Jamie Grove--stepped in to do ALL the horror/gore FX, but he also stars as the actual 'Flesh Mechanic' character! Jamie Grove brought in a mountain of props, a stellar FX crew, and his evil acting skills to ‘The Flesh Mechanic’ video set, and made our music video look like a million-dollar horror movie! Death metal videos are severely lacking in conveying any real 'horror' element...I think Broken Hope changed that with this video. Traditional horror FX trumps CGI every time. ENJOY this video!” More...
Broken Hope's comeback album "Omen of Disease" dropped via Century Media Records on October 1st. Now the band has teamed up with Revolvermag.com to release a teaser trailer for the album. Check it out below.
Today, Broken Hope teamed up with Loudwire.com to bring you the most terrific and horrific of metal releases hitting stores in 2013! The band’s highly-anticipated new album, "Omen Of Disease," is streaming in full now at this location. "Omen Of Disease" is now available directly from Century Media here, as well as in stores and all major digital retailers.
Guitarist Jeremy Wagner commented: "October 1st is here and it's one of the greatest days of my life as 'Omen of Disease' is officially released to the world. This album is a huge triumph of death-metal determination and I'm ecstatic to see this day come. Shaun, Damian, Mike, and Chuck are the best collaborators I could wish for, and we made the sickest death-metal album we could muster. I hope everyone digs 'Omen of Disease' and also the companion-disc, 25th Anniversary DVD featuring the Broken Hope documentary. It all, for only the sick."
"Omen of Disease" features cover artwork painted by world-renowned horror artist Wes Benscoter, best known for his work with Slayer, Cattle Decapitation, Autopsy and Kreator. The album marks the first new music from Broken Hope in 15 years. The album was recorded between two studios: drums at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI, with engineer Chris Wisco (Lazarus A.D., Jungle Rot, Origin, Gorgasm), and the rest at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL, with engineer Scott Creekmore (Dirge Within, Lividity). More...
Another new track from the upcoming Broken Hope album "Omen of Disease" has become available to stream. Listen to that song, "The Flesh Mechanic," below. Century Media will be unleashing the release on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (US).
"The Flesh Mechanic" track is now being shot into an official video directed by Cory Soria at Zynderia Productions in Lincoln Heights, and starring the acting debut of veteran metal guitarist Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Asesino) as the gory antagonist.
Broken Hope and Bloody-Disgusting.com are pleased to premiere the brand new static video for the band’s track "The Docking Dead," cut from upcoming album "Omen Of Disease," due out October 1st on Century Media Records (September 30th in Europe). Watch the video below.
Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner says: "I began penning words for Broken Hope 25 years ago, and my approach has never changed... I still create the most horrific, insane, and repulsive lyrics my mind can conjure. ‘The Dociking Dead’ is no exception to my long list of nasty flash-fiction. Many of my ideas start with a 'what if' scenario.
"In the case of ‘The Docking Dead,’ I asked myself, what if a Re-Animator-like scientist attempted to harvest human foreskins from male corpses using an experimental re-agent and growth hormone--and in doing so, he started a zombie apocalypse? That's all I needed to write the lyrics to this song. Zombies, dead penile tissue, death metal, and grind are what's in store when you hear--and read--our newest preview song, ‘The Docking Dead'." More...
Broken Hope has released a video clip containing the song "Ghastly," which can be found below and is taken from the album, "Omen Of Disease."
The new album is due out via Century Media Records on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (US), 2013. Previously posted track "The Flesh Mechanic" can also be heard over at this location.
Everyone loves free music, including Broken Hope! Today, the band is sharing a brand new track with fans, cut from upcoming album "Omen Of Disease," out October 1st on Century Media Records.
The track, entitled "Ghastly," is available for free download now at the official Century Media website here. Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner says:
"I'm really excited to have ‘Ghastly’ released as a free download for the world - our gift to you. I have to say, ‘Ghastly’ is one of my favorite tracks from the Omen Of Disease album! As I wrote the music on this song, I took riffs I'd been saving for a while, combined them with new death metal ideas, and sewed the whole thing together to make for one of our sickest and most relentless musical tracks. Lyrically, I wrote about an unfortunate person who was born so physically repulsive from head-to-toe/inside-and-out, that the mere sight of the hideous form could almost blind and nauseate you. Like a Gorgon, but even more horrific. Hence the line: 'Ghastly...a horrid blight upon the eyes.' With ‘Ghastly’ and ‘The Flesh Mechanic’, I think these tunes will give everyone a good idea of what to expect from the entire Omen of Disease album. Enjoy!" More...
Broken Hope, which will be heading out on tour with Deicide this coming October, has posted a new song online from upcoming album "Omen of Disease."
Check out new track "The Flesh Mechanic" in the player below. "Omen of Disease" is due for worldwide release in October via Century Media Records. The cover painting was created by horror artist, Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Cattle Decapitation, Autopsy, Kreator, etc). More...
Metal icons Deicide are returning to the road this fall on their No Salvation Tour 2013 - a headlining run with fellow Century Media label mates and death metal favorites Broken Hope. Also in support will be Disgorge and Necronomicon.
The tour launches October 2nd in Atlanta, GA, and ends October 24th in Austin, TX. Highlights include a convergence with the Delaware Death Fest October 5th, as well as stops in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Complete dates are listed below.
Deicide will be touring to promote the upcoming, yet-to-be-titled studio release, due out this fall on Century Media Records. The album will be its second for Century Media, and the follow-up to "To Hell With God" in 2011.
Decibel Magazine joined Deicide and producer Jason Suecof in the studio earlier this year, reporting: "Expect a super-brutal blast to the cranium. Longtime fans will pick up on nuances inspired from the almighty Legion effort." With drummer Steve Asheim adding that "we're going to get down and dirty this time around, so expect the lyrics to be brutal."
Broken Hope releases "Omen Of Disease" October 1st, and the album will be its first studio record in nearly 15 years. Disgorge will release a fifth studio album in late 2013 on Unique Leader Records, while Necronomicon is touring in support of "Rise Of The Elder Ones" (reviewed here), released June 10th via Season Of Mist. More...
Broken Hope has unveiled the album cover artwork for the band's new album, "Omen of Disease." The cover painting was created by horror artist, Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Cattle Decapitation, Autopsy, Kreator, etc).
Broken Hope's Jeremy Wagner comments: "Wes Benscoter is one of my favorite artists, EVER. In my opinion, he’s right up there with Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, and Todd Schorr. Ever since Benscoter did our Repulsive Conception and Loathing album covers, I've wanted to work with him again. I was beyond thrilled when Benscoter agreed to take on the Omen of Disease project…and he nailed it! He's captured the vile essence, putrid vibe, and apocalyptic, disease-laden horror of Omen of Disease. Thank you for creating another masterpiece, Wes Benscoter."
The "Omen of Disease" album was recorded between two studios: drums were exclusively recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI. with engineer Chris Wisco, and the remaining bulk of the album was completed at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL. with engineer Scott Creekmore. The album is slated for worldwide release in October via Century Media Records. More...
Broken Hope has finished all recording work on upcoming 6th studio album, "Omen of Disease," and one of the many surprises that this album offers is a special guest appearance by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder on the track "Rendered Into Lard."
Trevor Strnad comments: "I am beyond excited to be involved in the rebirth of this legendary Death Metal monster. BROKEN HOPE has been one of my favorite bands since I was a young metalhead, it's an absolute honor and pleasure to be a small piece of the action! The best part is that my contribution allowed me to hear a new song before everyone else, and I can proudly say this: They're baaaacccckkk!!!!"
Broken Hope has also tapped James Murphy (Death, Testament, etc.) to mix and master "Omen of Disease" at Murphy's studio, Safehouse Production. Broken Hope's Shaun Glass comments: More...
Broken Hope has revealed the title of the band's 6th studio release as "Omen of Disease." The album title - created by chief lyricist, Jeremy Wagner - is also an actual album track, which marks the first official Broken Hope "title track" since the 1991 debut album, "Swamped in Gore."
Jeremy Wagner comments about this upcoming release: "Some time ago, a festering death metal prophecy indicated something sick and brutal was coming back from the dead. The malignant signs became evident when Broken Hope first resurrected from the grave and then went on tour. A more sinister foreboding followed when Broken Hope wrote a new death metal album for the world to hear. Today, I'm a harbinger, here to alert everyone of a 'death metal omen' that is upon us... I speak of the new Broken Hope album, 'Omen of Disease.' The album title itself reeks of a musical offering that is nothing short of gruesome. 'Omen of Disease' will be released to infect everyone worldwide this summer. I promise: this death metal album is a most savage, feral, pestilential, and lethal creation. You've been warned..."
"Omen of Disease" was recorded between two studios: drums were exclusively recorded at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with engineer Chris Wisco, and the remaining bulk of the album was completed at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL with engineer Scott Creekmore. "Omen of Disease" is slated for a worldwide release in late summer 2013 via Century Media Records. Catch the band live:
May 21st: Le Korigan -- 2422 Avenue Fortune Ferrini, 13080 AIx-en-Provence (Luynes), France
May 23rd: Extremefest -- Flugplatz Schwarze Heide, Schwarze Heide 14, 46569 Hünxe, Germany
May 25th: Maryland Death Fest 2013 -- 407 E. Saratoga Street Baltimore, Maryland
Reactivated Chicago act Broken Hope has checked in with the following recap after the first day in the studio recording an upcoming album:
"And so it begins... Broken Hope made it through day 1 of recording the new album! BH drummer Mike Miczek hammered out 7 songs today--that includes doing 3-4 takes of each song for exercise! BH has a sick-fucking-drummer, folks. You will hear soon enough...
"Here's Chuck Wepfer...the other 'Evil Chuck.' Doing his share of the scratch guitar work on drum day." More...
Chicago death metallers Broken Hope have now posted a new electronic press kit online, which includes a brief recap of the band's history, information about an upcoming album, and more. Check out the video below.
In regards to Broken Hope's new album, Jeremy Wagner (guitars) comments: "We finished writing the new Broken Hope album and plan to start recording in March with Chris Djuric at Belle City Sound and Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios.
"As reported recently, the 11 tracks include, 'The Flesh Mechanic' and 'Give Me the Bottom Half'...and these are just the tip of a massive and sick iceberg. We plan to turn this new monstrosity in to Century Media in May--before our appearances at Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest 2013." More...
Chicago death metallers Broken Hope reformed earlier this year to embark on a tour with Obituary and subsequently signed a new record deal with Century Media. The band has now issued the following update about an upcoming album:
"We want to give you all a quick Broken Hope update before the New Year, and we have some exciting news! First, congratulations to Broken Hope's own Shaun Glass on the birth of his first child: Maddux Burton Glass, born Dec 17, 2012. Maddux enters the world just before Christmas and just as Broken Hope is writing the new album!
"Speaking of the new album, we can officially say that we've written 11 songs so far-- and are still trucking along with more material. The new material is so ferocious, we jokingly sum up the vibe of the new music as 'Reign In Bowels' because it's like someone took Slayer's 'Reign In Blood' and mated that intensity and horror with the extremity and sickness of Broken Hope's 'Bowels of Repugnance' album... It's insanely heavy and unrelenting! That said, here's a couple song titles we can release to you all-- chew on these: 'The Flesh Mechanic' and 'Give Me the Bottom Half.' We can't wait for you to hear 'em all! Happy Holidays everyone!"
Broken Hope 2012 is:
Damian Leski - Vocals
Jeremy Wagner - Guitars
Shaun Glass - Bass
Chuck Wepfer - Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek - Drums