In the build up to the launch date of the late Gwar guitarist, Cory Smoot’s final album ‘When Worlds Collide,’ Guitar World are premiering a track from the highly anticipated release. The song ‘Mutilation’ can be heard by following the link below.
Smoot (a.k.a. Flattus Maximus) initially began recording ‘When Worlds Collide’ in 2010 under the title of ‘Religion Is Fiction.’ Smoot’s intent was to make it a concept album and include fellow heavy metal icons Dave Brockie of Gwar and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe on vocals. Unfortunately, conflicting schedules prevented the planned concept album from going ahead.
However, in 2011 Smoot made the decision to record the album as a solo project titled the Cory Smoot Experiment. Smoot re-entered the studio to record the vocal tracks himself and shortly before his final tour with Gwar in the fall, the axeman had finished the album now known as ‘When Worlds Collide.’
Smoot passed away on November 3 last year from a coronary artery thrombosis, brought about by a pre-existing coronary artery disease. Sadly, the 34-year-old guitarist left behind his wife Jaime and his unborn baby.
Shortly after his passing, Gwar and Metal Blade Records set up the Smoot Family Fund to assist with the day to day needs of Smoot’s family. Metal Blade Chairman and CEO Brian Slagel recently announced that proceeds from the album will go towards the fund. “Metal Blade Records is donating all the proceeds of the Cory Smoot solo album to the Smoot family. Please help us by getting the CD and enjoying the immense talent he was.”
‘When Worlds Collide’ is set for release on June 5th