Waking the Sleeper is a dynamic female-fronted metal band hailing from Wichita, Kansas. The band was born in the late summer of 2016 through the creative collaboration of Lead Vocalist Raven Le Rouge and Rhythm/Vocalist Gunnie Gunderson. Their musical journey took a momentous step with the release of their debut concept album, '7 Deadly Sins,' in November 2018. Notably, the singles "Wrath" and "Greed" dominated the charts for several consecutive weeks, earning accolades and garnering rave reviews worldwide.
Waking the Sleeper's excellence in the metal scene has been recognized with a string of awards, including the 2017 RRR Award for New and Upcoming Band of the Year and a second-place honor for Vocalist of the Year in the same year. They were also nominated for the Home Away From Home Award at the 2018 Tulsa Music Awards.
The band's musical journey has taken them on extensive tours, covering the Midwest and the West Coast, where they showcased their talent in 14 U.S. states. They've shared stages with renowned national acts and artists such as Drowning Pool, Dope, Combi Christ, Otep, Sick Puppies, September Mourning, and many more. Notable appearances include multiple performances at U.S. festivals, including the Rocklahoma Darkside Stage Festival (2017, 2018, 2019), Metal in the Mountains Festival 2019, and the Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2023.
Waking the Sleeper proudly boasts a record deal with Rock Avenue Records USA, signifying their dedication to their craft and their commitment to making an impact in the music industry. In 2023, the band welcomed new members to their lineup, including Miss Elizabeth (Keys/Vocals), Seth Williams (Lead Guitar), Will Akin (Bass Guitar), and Chris Wes Wesley (Drums).
Currently, Waking the Sleeper is channeling their creative energy into writing their sophomore album, with their first single recently released called "Fadin"! The band is poised and excited to ascend to the next level of their musical journey, pushing boundaries between melodic metalcore and awakening the world to their unique and powerful sound.
"With all the hardships we go through, no matter how much we get down, it only takes one moment of positivity to change everything!"
- Raven Le Rouge, Lead Singer
"Putting a finger in your belly button makes you feel better"