Huge thanks to Bill from No Visible Scars for the tape!
By the way, it’s Xmas night here and I’ve thought that reviewing Fornicator’s demo was the best way to salute all these hypcorite values and fake smiles….
The band's sole studio effort, a self released full length album released in 2002 on Moribund Records, was one of the most punishingly violent albums ever recorded, featuring 28 tracks of violent down tuned destruction. With a thick meaty guitar tone with simple catchy riffs, skull thumping drum beats, inhumanly deep vocals, twisted artwork and lyrics that resemble the insane rantings of a deranged sex offender, the release quickly became one of my all-time favorite albums and one that has received countless plays on my stereo, much to the chagrin of my neighbors.
Fornicator formed in early 2000, and shortly thereafter the band recorded a 14 song demo on a 4 track in their rehearsal space. Inexplicably this early recording never saw the light of day, as only a small handful of people actually heard it and the material was never formally released... until now. A full decade after the demo was recorded NoVisible Scars Records has stepped up to give the material a formal release in the form of a traditional demo cassette, hand numbered and limited to 100 copies.
The material contained on Demo 2000 is exactly what you'd expect from a bunch of violent misogynistic scumbags; violent, angry and disturbing. The songs are short, violent, angry and unpolished. Best of all, the thirteen tracks that were later re-recorded for the full length contain new audio samples and there's the bonus of a previously unreleased track, a cover of Running Wild's “Under Jolly Roger” included on the release.
The song structures are virtually identical to the polished full length effort, there isn't a vast amount of difference between the two recordings stylistically, but there is a huge difference in terms of production. The studio material has a much thicker and meatier guitar tone and the vocals are much more clear, the rehearsal demo material is a lot more fuzzy and raw.
This demo was released strictly for diehard Fornicator fans and will definitely appeal to anyone who enjoyed their full length, or any of vocalist Rob's other bands, namely Murder Basket and Whore. While I did greatly enjoy this release it still pales in comparison to the crushing hate of the full length, but, then again, everything pales in comparison to the band's self-titled release. I'll still definitely listen to this demo long after this review is completed, it's definitely worth dusting off the old tape deck to give this one a listen, just don't listen to it while trying to have a romantic evening with your significant other because it will only lead to torn buttholes, asphyxiation and an appearance on America's Most Wanted. Rape up"