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Broken Hope

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

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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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Florida Metal Fest Kicking Off This Weekend

This Saturday, January 30th, 2016 marks the first annual Florida Metal Fest organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends Obituary.

The event is set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa and the two stage gala will see some of the Sunshine State's most iconic bands - including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Atheist and Deicide.

Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist.

Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was Untoten Krieg. The second battle took place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City, with Unsung Destroyer winning the proverbial belt.

Said John Tardy of fest: "My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. More...

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Jeremy Wagner Posts Rig Rundown

Recently, Broken Hope guitarist and Jeff Hanneman loyalist Jeremy Wagner shared the news regarding the reactivation of numerous famous guitars and amps owned by Slayer's late guitar god.

To further share this honor with Slayer fans across the world, Wagner has released an exclusive and in-depth look into some of the Hanneman guitars and gear in a special video directed by Tommy Jones.

In this feature, Wagner takes you inside his home studio and invites viewers on an audio-historical journey of Hanneman's most famous instruments, and elaborates on his personal mission to carry on Jeff Hanneman's legacy through the use and preservation of the Hanneman guitar estate.

Jeremy comments: "I feel a real responsibility to Jeff and to Kathryn to use these guitars in a way that honors him. As long as I own these guitars, I will use them and carry on Jeff Hanneman's legacy. He remains a huge influence to me, and I probably wouldn't be here as an extreme metal guitarist/lyricist without him." More...

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First Annual Florida Metal Fest Announced

January 30th, 2016 will mark the official kick off of the first annual Florida Metal Fest! Organized by brothers John and Donald Tardy of death metal legends, Obituary, and set to take place at The Cuban Club, Ybor City in Tampa, year one of the brutal gala will see some of the Sunshine State's most iconic bands - including Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Deicide and Atheist - unite and return to their roots in the very heart of the death metal world. Additionally, the Tardy brothers have invited some of their favorite bands from around the country to take part in this special event including Corrosion Of Conformity, Trouble, Madball, Broken Hope and Generichrist!

Two local Floridian bands, both winners of the Battle Of The Bands contest show, will be opening the fest. The first battle was held on November 27th at the BrassMug where the winning band was
Untoten Krieg. The second battle will take place on December 26th at the Crowbar in Ybor City to determine the final band of this year's lineup.

Said John Tardy of fest: "My brother and I have been so fortunate and thankful to be part of some the best and biggest music festivals in the world. The amount of people, bands and energy these festivals can bring is just awesome. From the first time we played one, it has always been a dream of ours to put together a music festival that is not only fun for the fans, bands and crews, but one that also brings a closeness to all involved. After years and years of talking about it, we finally decided the time is now. We want to put together a first class festival. From the venue to the PA, from the lights to the lineup we are trying our best to make this as memorable event as possible. No festival, anywhere in the world, even with the best possible lineup, would work if the area does not support it. I think that Tampa, and its surrounding cities, is a great music area and one that is ready to make this event come to life."

Florida Metal Fest I Lineup:

Obituary
Corrosion Of Conformity
Deicide
Trouble
Madball
Malevolent Creation
Atheist
Broken Hope
Generichrist
Untoten Krieg [Battle Of the Bands Winner] More...

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Broken Hope Posts "The Flesh Mechanic" Live Clip

Broken Hope just posted a brand new live video for the single "The Flesh Mechanic," which is featured on the band's first ever concert Blu-Ray and live album entitled "The Live Disease at Brutal Assault."

Check out this new video below, and if you missed it, you can still see the previous live clip for "The Docking Dead" right here.

"This new video clip for 'The Flesh Mechanic' comes straight from our 'Live Disease' concert DVD/live CD package, and is another taste of the dose of pummeling you'll get when you view and hear our entire show from Brutal Assault 19. Jeremy Wagner comments:

"I couldn't be prouder of the pro-shot footage, loud/quality audio, and the amazing, 20-some-thousand death metal friends who made this entire experience the most memorable concert we've ever done! As with our previous 'Live Disease' preview clips, I sincerely hope this new sample gives you all a visual and sonic impression that'll blow you away.

"Broken Hope unleashes hell throughout this entire concert DVD and companion Live CD, but we couldn't have done it without Tomas from Brutal Assault, all the video crew, sound engineers, production, staff, Century Media, and most of all, the FANS! Thanks for watching and sharing this special piece of Broken Hope history. Cheers!" More...

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Broken Hope Posts "The Docking Dead" Video

Chicago's Broken Hope has unleashed a brand new live video for the track "The Docking Dead," which is featured on the band's first ever concert Blu-Ray and live album. Check it out below. Jeremy Wagner also comments:

"This video clip of 'The Docking Dead' from our 'Live Disease' concert DVD excites me and brings me right back to being on that Brutal Assault stage in front of 20-some-thousand death metal freaks. I hope this video clip is a worthy sample of the visually and sonically epic brutality Broken Hope unleashes throughout this entire concert DVD and companion Live CD."

Broken will release "Live Disease At Brutal Assault" worldwide via Century Media Records on September 18, 2015. Pre-orders are up now at this location. More...

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Broken Hope Posts DVD Trailer

Chicago death metal legacy Broken Hope has revealed the trailer for the band's first ever Blu-Ray/DVD concert and live album.

"Live Disease at Brutal Assault" was filmed and recorded at the 19th annual Brutal Assault Festival at Fortress Josefov, Czech Republic on August 8th, 2014. This live DVD/album will see release worldwide via Century Media on September 18th, 2015.

The concert was filmed by a multi-camera crew on a dozen pro-cameras and pieced together and edited by Tommy Jones, while the audio was recorded by Thilo Fehlinger. Moreover, artist Mark Rudolph was commissioned to create all of the exterior and interior packaging and cover artwork.

Broken Hope founding father Jeremy Wagner says: "Playing Brutal Assault in 2014 was a dream come true. Being one of the Main Stage acts at the fest in front of those thousands of insane fans was also a HUGE dream come true. And then... above all that... we had this epic moment captured by a pro video crew and also recorded by the best soundman in the biz, and it made for a perfect storm that enabled us to put it together to share with metal fans the world over to enjoy forever! More...

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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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