Reformed Chicago death metallers BROKEN HOPE have written 11 songs so far for their new studio album, to be released next year via Century Media Records. The band states: “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!”
BROKEN HOPE was formed in 1988 by Wagner, while he was in high school. Shortly after formation, they recorded two demo tapes and signed with indie label, Grind-Core Records. Then in 1991, they released their debut album, “Swamped In Gore”, launching the band out of the underground and into the mainstream. From there, the band signed to Metal Blade Records and released three more albums, all stellar examples of BROKEN HOPE‘s fury, which etched their place in death-metal history.
After BROKEN HOPE‘s last album (1999′s “Grotesque Blessings”) and world tours, Wagner cleaned house and put BROKEN HOPE into “metal hibernation” in 2000. On January 20, 2010, original BROKEN HOPE vocalist Joe Ptacek tragically committed suicide. He was only 37 years old. Before his death, Ptacek met with Wagner and Glass and discussed the resurrection of BROKEN HOPE. With Ptacek‘s death, Wagner and Glass took time off to reconsider their next moves.
In 2012, BROKEN HOPE signed with Hard Impact Management and vowed to make BROKEN HOPE a full-time monster. Wagner and Glass recruited longtime friend and GORGASM vocalist Damian Leski as their new frontman and shortly after marked their return on the highly successful Carnival Of Death tour. BROKEN HOPE‘s high-intensity concerts received top praise, and confirmed the band was back and more rabid than ever.
BROKEN HOPE 2012 is:
Damian Leski – Vocals
Jeremy Wagner – Guitars
Shaun Glass – Bass
Chuck Wepfer – Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek – Drums