It’s becoming painfully aware that 2017 is a smashing year for Death Metal. We’ve had an embarrassment of riches in the form of stellar releases from Obituary, Hour of Penance and Suffocation and there’s more coming down the pike from the likes of Dying Fetus, Origin and (gasp) The Faceless. Not to be left out of this guttural gold rush, Chicago’s gore institution Broken Hope have thrown their hat in the ring with Mutilated and Assimilated (Century Media). Continue reading
Original Broken Hope drummer and co-founder Ryan Stanek has passed away at the age of 42. Guitarist and co-founder Jeremy Wagner issued this statement via Facebook:
“I was stunned to hear of Ryan’s passing and I’m still not believing it. Though Ryan and I didn’t talk that often since he split from BH many years ago, we did correspond once in awhile, and we always wished each other well in whatever endeavors we were pursuing. Ryan was always an EXTREMELY talented man. When we first met, he was the BEST metal drummer within a 100-mile radius, and Joe Ptacek and I were fortunate to have this amazing drum-kid in our own backyard!
Ryan co-founded BROKEN HOPE with Joe and me. We were the core…just the 3 of us, in the beginning, all in high school. Ryan also designed the very first BROKEN HOPE logo, which was a “circular logo” we used on our first flyers and backdrop.
With all that, Ryan’s artistic talents went BEYOND drums and drawing, he also played acoustic guitar incredibly well, wrote some of the segues on the earlier BH albums, contributed his own lyrical-parts on the “Swamped In Gore” album , and also, Ryan became a singer-songwriter post BROKEN HOPE, in other bands he formed where he expressed his art his own way, and very well-done.
Ryan set the bar for death-metal drumming when we recorded, “Loathing.” Specifically, the track, “Siamese Screams” is a song that measures any drummer’s worth if he or she can play it to Ryan’s original level.
If I have any regrets, it’s that I didn’t stay more connected with Ryan—especially after Joe’s passing—but I’m HOPING he’d understand as many of us (like me) live in the illusion that we’ll live forever and reconnect down the road later. Unfortuantely, Ryan left too early for me to hug him and hang with him again and catch up.
So, Ryan Stanek, I’m so very sorry to see you go—and Brian Griffin (ex-BH) also tells me personally that he wishes he could see you off, but he’s in Australia right now. If you can hear my words here, please know that I’ll NEVER forget YOU…you enriched and changed my life for the better, BROKEN HOPE would never have existed without you, and most important: I’m extremely grateful to have known you, and to have known you as my “friend” when we were young men—and also, the last time we ever spoke.
If there’s a heaven, I wish you travel well, Ryan…and I imagine you and Joe have met up and are having a blast.
Much love…Jeremy (aka: PECK)”
Ryan Stanek’s official obituary and online Guest Book can be found here:
Band guitarist and founder JEREMY WAGNER says:
“I’m far beyond delighted with our new members–Diego and Matt. Both of these guys are old friends of mine, and both are amazing musicians of the highest order. Diego’s history with extreme death-metaller’s DISGORGE and Matt’s contributions to CHIMAIRA bring a new level of professionalism and brutality to BROKEN HOPE. Moreover, Diego and Matt possess a true love for death metal and grind. Their passion for extreme metal was something their predecessors lacked–and it’s a most-welcome adrenaline-shot that BROKEN HOPE needed badly. SEE YOU ALL IN 2015–STRONGER & SICKER THAN EVER!”
The band has announced upcoming live dates:
Apr 11: ROYAL METAL FEST – Aarhus, DK (w/DESTRUCTION & more)
Apr 17: DOOM ROTTEN DEATH FESTIVAL – BERLIN, DE
Apr 19: NEUROTIC DEATH FEST – Tilburg, NE (w/BLOODBATH, HATE ETERNAL, IMMOLATION, INTERNAL BLEEDING, OBITUARY, & more)
Apr 25: INSANE INSANITY FEST – Erlenbach Am Main, DE (w/INTERNAL BLEEDING, INTERNAL SUFFERING, PROFANITY, & more)
Jul 09: OBSCENE EXTREME – Trutnov, CZ (w/PIG DESTROYER, TERRORIZER, INTERNAL BLEEDING, NAUSEA, HIRAX, & more)
Jul 11: ROCK MARATON FEST – Budapest, HU (w/THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATEBREED, THE EXPLOITED, DESTRUCTION, & more)
Jul 25: STONEHENGE FESTIVAL – Steenwijk, NE (w/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, MARDUK, HIRAX, & more)
Jul 30: GOTHOOM FESTIVAL – Nova Bana, SL (w/INSOMNIUM, AGOLLOCH, CRYPTOPSY, CATTLE DECAPITATION, & more)
Sep 12: FULL TERROR ASSAULT–OPEN AIR FESTIVAL – Cave-In-Rock, IL (*The FIRST “OPEN AIR” Death Fest in the USA!)