The Mighty Z of Capital Chaos TV conducted an interview with guitarist Jeremy Wagner of reformed Chicago death metallers BROKEN HOPE on February 23 at The Awakening festival at Neck Of The Woods in San Francisco, California. You can now watch the chat below. Also available is performance footage from the San Francisco concert.
In regards to BROKEN HOPE‘s next studio CD, Wagner previously said: “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 Deathfest 2013.”
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 2013 is:
Damian Leski – Vocals
Jeremy Wagner – Guitars
Shaun Glass – Bass
Chuck Wepfer – Lead Guitars
Mike Miczek – Drums