Bro­ken Hope


Metal Hammer (UK) - - Fresh Meat - Death me­tal grey­beards slip off the come­back trail CON­NIE GOR­DON

Con­sid­er­ing Bro­ken Hope’s dys­func­tional and scat­ter­shot his­tory, in­clud­ing a decade-long hia­tus and the tragic pass­ing of two former mem­bers – vo­cal­ist Joe Ptacek in 2010 and drum­mer Ryan Stanek in 2015 – that these Chicago-based

OGs re­turned at all in 2013 with Omen Of Dis­ease is a small mir­a­cle. Af­ter a few tours and lone orig­i­nal mem­ber, Jeremy Wagner, pur­chas­ing six of the late Jeff Han­ne­man’s gui­tars, along comes Mu­ti­lated And As­sim­i­lated, steeped in his­tory, lore and sen­ti­ment. Be­yond the al­bum’s feel­good back­story, what’s on of­fer is bru­tal death me­tal whose most re­deem­ing qual­i­ties are the left­field themes hinted at in The Ne­cropants (re­ally), Out­back In­cest Clan and Hell’s Hand­pup­pets. Most dis­ap­point­ing is the ac­tual mu­si­cal de­liv­ery which is overly lin­ear and staid, mo­not­o­nous and, de­spite the hor­rorthemed in­ter­ludes, suf­fer­ing from a lack of in­trin­sic dy­nam­ics, aligned to oth­ers and the or­di­nary. Can­ni­bal Corpse’s Ham­mer Smashed Face might be one of death me­tal’s great­est mo­ments, but we re­ally only need them to play it, not have Bro­ken Hope ex­tract and di­lute it over and over again like they have here.

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