Produced by Parris Mayhew of New York hardcore's legendary Cro-Mags, Merauder's 1996 metalcore debut, Master Killer, could be described as both an artistic and commercial success. While this group's sales numbers could never rival Metallica's, moving over 30,000 units is more than a respectable showing from a little-known outfit like Merauder. Heaviness is at a premium on Master Killer. The guitars are loud and large, vocalist Jorge belts out his lines with a rare depth and conviction, and every participant contributes admirably, making this Century Media offering a truly impressive one. Highlights include "Downfall of Christ" and "Taken by Force," two tracks that typify Merauder's commitment to vicious riffing. Fans of aggressive hardcore/metal amalgam acts like Sick of It All should enjoy this brutal debut from the underappreciated band, despite their dated moniker.
AllMusic Review by Jason Anderson