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Broken Hope is a grindcore/death metal band founded in the late 1980s. The project spanned roughly twelve years, culminating in five albums between 1991 and 1999.

Joe Ptacek (vocals), Jeremy Wagner (guitar), Brian Griffin (guitar), and Ryan Stanek (drums) formed the core of Broken Hope. They scored a deal with the then-fledging Grindcore/RedLight Label and cut their debut album, Swamped in Gore.

Following that release, Metal Blade Records quickly signed the band and they released their second album, The Bowels of Repugnance, in 1993.

The band’s third and fourth albums, Repulsive Conception and Loathing, were released in 1995 and 1997, respectively. The band then switched to the Martyr label and their last album, Grotesque Blessings, was released in 1999.

Broken Hope announced their disbandment in April of 2002. Former members include Shaun Glass, Sean Baxter, Larry DeMumbrum, and Ed Hughes.

There were talks of a reunion in 2007, but ultimately nothing came of it. On January 20, 2010, Joe Ptacek was found dead from an apparent suicide. In 2012 the band reunited with Damian “Tom” Leski of Gorgasm handling vocal duties. In September they went on a North American tour as direct support for Obituary.

In 2013 they released a new album, Omen of Disease on Century Media Records. The digipack edition featured a documentary dvd detailing the history of the band. They also toured as direct support to Deicide throughout North America.


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  • ForgottenbyFEAR

    I butchered a young boy like a farm fresh pig I ate his tender buttocks and penile twig Guess what happened when the law caught me? They slapped my hand and then they set me free.

    3 Nov 2:29pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Who seriously considers them grindcore? Really?

    1 Oct 8:57pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I have awesome memories associated with this band. They are so killer! They need to be in my top 50. Well let's see if they make it up there.

    31 Aug 2:35pm Reply
  • StalagArhitekt


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  • Misanthropist9

    lol cmon the new album isn't that bad

    15 Aug 7:58am Reply
  • jonowev

    Don't find them remotely boring like the guy a few posts down, but then i'm a total sucker for this kind of DM

    8 Jul 11:36am Reply
  • jonowev

    Some great riffs, nice production, vocals are filth. Solid death metal.

    8 Jul 11:35am Reply
  • defnoob

    Solid band.

    21 Jun 7:52am Reply
  • grindinghault

    the new album is pretty good not swamped in gore good but what do you expect? atleast its good so many bands come back and put out a new album and they suck, morbid angel being the biggest example

    20 Jun 5:56am Reply
  • crazytribe

    Hell, I got into Omen of Disease before the first track ended. More modern brutal death metal than OSDM.

    20 Apr 3:23am Reply

    lol broken hope probably fucked his bitch vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    18 Mar 3:24pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    One of the most boring bands in the entire death metal genre. Not one good riff, not even a bit of variation, one way or another they manage to have bad production on every album and no song writing skill. Not enjoyable in the slightest, I'm not even sure how someone can sit through an entire album by these guys. I could barely even sit through their new album, more of the same ol' generic Broken Hope. Definitely up there in the top 10 worst OSDM bands. There's my rant for the day.

    29 Jan 8:06pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    They're going on tour with Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan. I may have to go to that.

    16 Jan 9:56pm Reply
  • Jekku666

    New album is awesome. Killer grooves going on it

    4 Jan 11:45pm Reply
  • Exorsexist

    new album sux balls big time! huge disappointment...

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • drmagg

    New album? Yes. Too much of butter, and not much of bread. Also, very unfitting vocals (even w\o retarded guest ones).

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jonowev

    Also, is it hard to get into? I'm only on my second listen and it's already clicking.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jonowev

    They do not.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • drmagg

    Well, uh, yeah, sure.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • defnoob

    They sound like the bastard offspring of CC and Suffo

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
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