"God Is I" (Regain; 2009)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

One of the first true bands that merged modern urban blight with metal, NYC metalcore pioneers Merauder stick to their guns in this comeback bid, returning with a sinister slugfest on the 11-track "God Is I."

Stocked with a smorgasbord of the unit’s trademarked battering riffs intertwined with all of the nasty nuances acquired from inhabiting the bowels of the Big Apple for over two decades (“Never Surrender,” “Built on Blood”) Merauder’s cautious yet chaotic approach appeases the diehards, churning out a myriad of malicious metal riffs over jackhammer rhythms adorned with the raucous roar of longstanding member Jorge Rosado bellowing as belligerently as if it were 1996 all over again (“God Is I”).

Ferocious and ready to reclaim their spot at the top of the metalcore mountain, Merauder deliver a passionate old school tutorial chock full of the blend of harbingering hostility they helped put on the map.

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"Five Deadly Venoms" (Century Media; 1999)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Century Media Records artist Merauder deals a double-edged coin with "Five Deadly Venoms." On one hand, the music literally explodes from the recording; tight and concise, straight to the point.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the vocals stay at a loud and steady scream with no variance at all.

So Merauder get two chainsaws, both for the music; none for the vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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