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Waking The Cadaver were an American Deathcore band, playing in the vein of Slam Death Metal bands like Devourment. Ironically, the band's rise in popularity had begun with a Misheard Lyrics video sometime back even before they even made their debut. Since then, they moved away from the slam stereotypes and their variety of death metal/deathcore has moved to a more tradtional NYDM sound ala bands like Suffocation and Dying Fetus.

They formed under the name Death To Honor befroe the name change in 2006. In that same year, they released their infamous two-track demo that would be the center of said video that would forever change them.

For Reasons unexplained, they split up in 2014.


  • Don Campan — Vocals (200614)
  • Mike Mayo — Guitar (200814)
  • John Hartman — Guitar (201114)
  • Alex Sarnecki — Bass (200614)
  • Dennis Morgan — Drums (200614)


  • Perverse Recollections of A Necromangler (2007)
  • Beyond Cops, Beyond God (2010)
  • Real-Life Death (2013)

The band provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Careful with That Axe: The vast majority of their vocals.
  • Deathcore
  • Darker and Edgier: For most other deathcore bands.
  • Follow the Leader: Aimed for a slam sound that was less than living up till just recently.
  • Genre-Busting: Best described as a Slam Death, deathcore and hardcore mixed in the same blender.
  • Gorn: The lyrics are mostly just straight up violence on Beyond Cops...
  • Harsh Vocals: Mostly pig squeals on the first album, with later works switching to more traditional death growls.
  • Hip-Hop: While Don denies being fans of said music, the psuedo-rapped lyrics say otherwise.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: All over the place on the first album. Subsequent albums manage to be slightly more intelligible.
  • Jerkass: Don Campan is known to be a homophobe and violent when confronted. The rest of the band wasn't much better, but the lineup changes seem to have made them into better people.
  • Misogyny Song: Played straight with the first album (as one might have guessed from such song titles as "Chased Through the Woods By a Rapist"). Averted with Beyond Cops, Beyond God and Real-Life Death, which focused more on general misanthropy and "Tough Guy" lyrics.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a 10 or 11. Justified in that they have slam influences. Even when they moved away from slam, they still sound much heavier than the average deathcore.
  • New Sound Album: Beyond Cops has a more standard Brutal Death Metal sound, with the slams being downplayed in favor of faster riffs.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: One of the most frequently mocked aspects of the band is their very wigger-ish appearance.
  • Slam Death Metal.
  • Start My Own: Rob Wharton (who played on Beyond Cops, Beyond God) did this with Cognitive.