Waking the Cadaver
Real-Life Death


2.0
poor

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (56 Reviews)
November 5th, 2013 | 76 replies


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While there are glimpses of potential, Waking The Cadaver's latest album falls victim to the usual brotasticism that plagues their discography

Without trying to sound cliché, Waking The Cadaver are a band that need absolutely no introduction. While that would usually count as a compliment, this New Jersey quintet’s reputation precedes them to such an alarmingly negative degree that they’re practically reduced to musical punching bags. Yes, this is entirely self-inflicted on account of how atrocious their earlier material was, but the backlash they’ve continued to receive is vastly out of proportion to whatever artistic crimes they’re committing now. For their previous effort Beyond Cops, Beyond God – which was a night and day improvement over their debut – to be subject to such a scathing reception, you’d think these guys had walked into a church and punched out someone’s sainted mother. While their latest album is poor, what little merit it has will be completely disregarded by virtue of it being adorned with arguably the most ridiculed name in extreme metal today.

The hilariously titled Real Life Death is a continuation of the sound Waking The Cadaver explored on their previous album, further stripping back the deathcore elements of the debut and opting for a slam death approach. The album begins aggressively with a flurry of blasts and indecipherable pig-squeals, but Don Campan soon clears his throat and the band manage to find a rhythm for long enough to craft an album that isn’t totally deplorable. The guitar work is the most redeeming attribute, but even then, the infrequent riffs of interest are more than outweighed by mundane chugging and half assed slams. The drumming is basically a non-factor, providing an obligatory rhythmic backdrop but not producing anything of interest. Such a criticism is a tad ironic given that Waking The Cadaver’s drumming was once notable in that it was so laughably off-time, but “uninteresting” still beats out “incompetent” in this case. Don Campan is still a major weak link, effectively ruining any chance the band had at being taken seriously with his dreadful vocal performance. The pig squeals that made the debut and their demo material so cringe worthy are used with relative infrequency, but the substituting “growls” only fare marginally better. In addition to sounding particularly not brutal, his vocal delivery gives the impression of somebody having the Heimlich manoeuvre performed on them.

The biggest problem with the album isn’t Campan’s vocals though, it’s the attitude taken towards the song-writing and overall presentation. After indeterminate periods of blasts and chugging, every song eventually delves a section of slower chugs accompanied by Campan’s bree-bree bull***. As a result, the songs come across as incredibly lazy and the band gives the impression of trying too hard to be taken seriously while refusing the drop the brutality charade. This is exemplified most vividly in “Money Power Death”, where the band begins by reeling off a number of decent riffs, but failing to maintain a sense of direction as one motif interrupts another and do nothing to progress the track or build tension. Before you know it, we’re greeted by what sounds like a bunch of pubescent children chanting “MONEY! POWER! DEATH!” It’s clear that the initial flurry of aimless riffery on each track is simply there to fill the runtime, before the obligatory breakdown rolls along and any semblance of integrity is discarded. Just like its predecessor, the album’s brevity is its main saving grace, clocking in at a mere 28 minutes. As such you don’t have to endure this for any longer than it would take to watch a primetime sitcom episode, but it also reflects pretty poorly upon the band when there is so much filler on an album that could have passed as a lengthy EP.

The album does serve its purpose; to be a collection of anthems for your everyday bro, and it’s far from the worst album of all time which is what it will inevitably be touted as. Nevertheless, it doesn’t excuse the fact that the album – and the band for that matter – is little more than a gimmick. Waking The Cadaver do have the potential to craft a competent album, but this insistence on being as “brutal” as possible continues to be an impenetrable roadblock in the band’s mission to be seen as a respectable act.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

3 negative reviews in a row, where's oltnabrick? I need some positive vibes.

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FiveLeavesLeft
November 4th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Great review, and a bad album as usual. I hate to sound mean, but I can't wait until these guys disband and stop making music.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah they won't be missed.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2013


21229 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

a 2 huh? at least theyre improving

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bloc
November 4th 2013


34872 Comments


How can this be beyond cops?







Beyond God?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

God wills it.

J0ckstrapsFTW
November 5th 2013


3652 Comments


WWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT BREEEEEE BBBBRRREEEEEE

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013


9034 Comments


Sad to see their flair for names seems to have faded

climactic
November 5th 2013


19117 Comments


only jac would give waking the cadaver anything over a 1 : )

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@climactic lol is that good or bad?

climactic
November 5th 2013


19117 Comments


idk lol, you tend to be a lot more fair than others when rating albums that a lot of elite dudes here over-hate.

...on the other hand, this is probably really, really bad

emprorzurg
November 5th 2013


519 Comments


Beyond Cops, Beyond God is still my favourite cover art of all time

band sucks balls though

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Haha it is bad, but I can say without bias that there are far worse albums in the scene.

hellnook
November 5th 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think that this is an album that is only good at one thing; making me laugh my head off for about 30
minutes.

loveisamixtape
November 5th 2013


6036 Comments


lol real life death

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Dunpeal
November 5th 2013


3665 Comments


no summary? : (

Cormano
November 5th 2013


973 Comments


"Beyond Cops, Beyond God is still my favourite cover art of all time"
this

Nocturnal
November 5th 2013


1329 Comments


Better then the new gorguts

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2013


14450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@dunpeal added a summary, invented a word while I was at it too.

italianStallion
November 5th 2013


169 Comments


These guys still grind the brootz? I'm downloading this and blasting it. Once.



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