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Broken Hope - Biography




Broken Hope was formed in 1988 by guitarist/chief-lyricist, Jeremy Wagner, while he was in high school. In 1991, after releasing two demo tapes, Broken Hope secured a recording contract with an independent record label which released Swamped In Gore worldwide. Swamped In Gore was the first death-metal album to ever be recorded digitally. By 1993, Broken Hope quickly signed to Metal Blade Records and released four albums: The Bowels Of Repugnance, Repulsive Conception, Loathing, and the Metal Blade re-release of Swamped In Gore. The band's third album, 1995's Repulsive Conception, reached CMJ New Music Monthly's Metal Top 25 chart, as did the follow-up, 1997's Loathing.

The first four albums during the Metal Blade years are great examples of Broken Hope's original fury and they are the albums that etched Broken Hope's place in death-metal history. The first ten years of Broken Hope's existence were filled with non-stop writing, touring, and constant visibility with these albums. By the end of the 90's, Broken Hope parted ways with Metal Blade and went through lineup changes. The band produced one last album before the decade closed, the 1999 release, Grotesque Blessings. After North American and European tours for the album and a few unsatisfactory line-up changes, the band went on hiatus in 2000.

On January 20, 2010, original Broken Hope vocalist Joe Ptacek committed suicide. Before his death, Ptacek met with Jeremy Wagner and Shaun Glass to discuss the resurrection of Broken Hope. A plan was in motion with these three members to make the band a functioning reality. After taking some time off after Ptacek's death to reconsider their next moves, Broken Hope signed with Hard Impact Management and vowed to make Broken Hope a full-time monster-forever. Moreover, Wagner and Glass completed the BH lineup with Damian Leski (Vocals), Chuck Wepfer (Lead Guitars), and Mike Miczek (Drums).

Broken Hope marked their return on the highly successful Carnival Of Death tour. BH's high-intensity COD concerts received top-praise, and confirmed BH was back, and more rabid than ever. Broken Hope is currently booked for the 2013 editions of Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest.

Broken Hope signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and will release a new album by summer 2013. Wagner and Glass promise to deliver the sickest, most ferocious Broken Hope album to date- The best is yet to come.