Merauder - _Master Killer_
(Century Media, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Brooklyn's Merauder are a standard hardcore meets metal outfit that really do dwell in that 'standard' feel and sound. New York has given us some major heavyweights in hardcore, ie: Life Of Agony (still thinking that one over?), Biohazard, and Sick of It All, not to mention the intensity of outfits such as Orange 9mm, Helmet, and Quicksand. It seems that Merauder seems to be following in those bands' footsteps. It is generic, sometimes monotonous music that really leaves the listener bored and in no way interested as the album meets mid-point. Hopefully, as times change in the industry, Merauder will be able to go about their own musical direction rather than latching on and becoming a cling-on to the hardcore sound that has already become a thing of the past. Hopefully there will be a future for Merauder as they mean well. Best tracks: 'Downfall Of Christ' and 'Mirror Shows Black'.
(article published 13/12/1995)
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