Having emerged in the New York hardcore scene amongst the swarm metal crossover bands that swarmed the East Coast during the late '80s and early '90s (i.e. Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, etc.), Merauder soon became apart of this scene upon their formation in 1990. With five years of giggling, a couple of demos and the recruitment of vocalist Jorge -- formerly of Full Contact -- 1995 marked the year that Merauder finally earned some recognition thanks in part to a split EP with Stigmata, a tour with Biohazard and deal with Century Media Records. Even before the release of their first album "Master Killer" surfaced later on that year, a United States tour with Fear Factory came about and even some European dates with Germany's Bohse Onkelz. With their line in full tact in 1998, the rest of Merauder -- Sob (guitar), Anthony (guitar), Mike (bass) Pokey (drums) -- got together to record their second album Five Deadly Venoms, which was released the following year.