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Musical trends come and go quicker than most bands themselves, and endurance is rewarded to those acts who in the end find ways to take the aspects of their writing to new and inventive levels. New York’s Merauder were on the forefront of the metalcore wave in the early ’90s, and few bands have had the pleasure of receiving the worldwide attention and embellishing the genre’s conviction as they have. Three years in the making, and over four years since their highly successful debut, Master Killer, Merauder’s name is once again pouring over the heavy music world with the band’s new album, Five Deadly Venoms.

Containing the same unbridled aggressions as its predecessor, the new album sports mature songwriting to ride along with the metallic-edged NYHC sound that you would expect from Merauder. Fair warning has been given; Five Deadly Venoms is dangerous and infectious, and will certainly make the younger generation of the genre’s acts stand up and pay homage. Merauder’s Brooklyn upbringing allowed them early on to learn the dual meaning of survival: their ties with bands like Biohazard gave them some valuable industry insight, while coming up within local gangs helped them get through the treacherous neighborhood in which they were raised.

With their formation in 1990, the band’s early days were spent playing live shows with other hardcore and metal notables such as Sick of It All, Carnivore, Motörhead, Morbid Angel and the Cro-Mags, and along the way released a pair of demos and contributed a track to the now legendary 1992 compilation, East Coast Assault.


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