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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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  • GodofDeathMetal

    I thought this band would be over permanently when Joe Ptacek died 5 years ago. It is killer that this band continues on without him.

    22 Apr 1:39am Reply
  • Metal_Markus

    Yes, they can still do it! RIP Ryan Stanek and Joe Ptacek. It's good to see the band carrying on their legacy with keeping true to the trademark Broken Hope style.

    3 Apr 7:31am Reply
  • PP667

    \\m/

    16 Mar 2:55pm Reply
  • BLOODY_COYOTE

    R.I.P. Ryan Stanek..

    10 Mar 11:49am Reply
  • Thurible

    These guys shred live

    6 Mar 12:39pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Another Broken Hope member passed away. R.I.P. Ryan Stanek.

    4 Mar 2:36am Reply
  • PP667

    this is death!

    25 Jan 7:12pm Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Swamped In Gore!

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Who seriously considers them grindcore? Really?

    1 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • StalagArhitekt

    BETTER THEN CANNIBAL CORPSE AND SIX FEET UNDER! CHRIS BARNES IS A PUSSY IN COMPARATION WITH JOE'S VOCALS !

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Misanthropist9

    lol cmon the new album isn't that bad

    15 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • jonowev

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

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • defnoob

    Solid band.

    21 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • crazytribe

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

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • I-CUM-CHEERIOS

    lol broken hope probably fucked his bitch vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    18 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
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