Reformed Chicago death metallers BROKEN HOPE will release their sixth album, “Omen Of Disease”, in late summer via Century Media Records. The drums for the CD were laid down at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin with engineer Chris Wisco (LAZARUS A.D., JUNGLE ROT, ORIGIN, GORGASM), while the remaining instruments were tracked at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois with engineer Scott Creekmore (DIRGE WITHIN, PUTRID PILE, LIVIDITY).
“Omen Of Disease” will feature a special guest appearance by Trevor Strnad of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER on the new BROKEN HOPE track “Rendered Into Lard”.
Comments Strnad: “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, and 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, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) to mix and master “Omen Of Disease” at Murphy‘s studio, Safehouse Production.
BROKEN HOPE‘s Shaun Glass comments: “We’re pretty pumped to have longtime friend and shred lord James Murphy on board for his über-sick mixing skills to complete the ‘Omen Of Disease’ sessions. He has been part of BROKEN HOPE history as he first appeared on our ‘Repulsive Conception’ album with a crushing guest solo…and now years later, Murphy will be on board to taking our finest works yet to a new level.”
“Omen Of Disease” — a title conceived by chief lyricist and guitarist Jeremy Wagner — is also a song on the new album, marking the first BROKEN HOPE “title track” since their 1991 debut LP, “Swamped In Gore”. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include “The Flesh Mechanic” and “Give Me The Bottom Half”.
Comments Wagner: “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…”
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