Label: Metal Blade
Release Date: June 5, 2012
November 3, 2011 was a sad day for fans of GWAR, let alone metal as a family. On that day, Cory Smoot, also known for ten years as Flattus Maximus, was found deceased on a tour bus while the band attempted a border crossing into Canada. Smoot passed due to cardiac arrest from a pre-existing heart condition. He had been working on a concept album tentatively titled, Religion Is Fiction. His intent was to write all the songs and have some of his favorite local singers from the American metal Mecca of Richmond, Virginia lay down vocal tracks. He had intended to recruit Randy Blythe of Lamb of God as well as GWAR frontman, Oderus Urungus’ human alter ego, Dave Brockie. In light of those plans falling through, Smoot recorded all vocals by himself and renamed the project, The Cory Smoot Experiment; all before heading out on his last tour with GWAR in the Fall of 2011.
When Worlds Collide begins with an eruption of mass proportions on a track called, “The Blood Red”. It begins with a bullish guitar line with a raucous tone, knocking over everything in its way. If it sounds familiar to you, it should. It is the demo version of what became GWAR’s track, “Zombies, March!” from the album, Bloody Pit Of Horror. This is also the case with the Smoot tracks, “Fortunate Son” and “Religion Is Fiction”. These were made into “Come the Carnivore” and “A Gathering of Ghouls”, respectively.
Smoot does a fantastic job of exploring a lot of sounds and tones, even within one song or over the course of a couple. Again, “The Blood Red” reflects tints of GWAR, King Diamond, and Clutch. These different segments are seamlessly moved in between with nothing but enjoyment on Smoot’s part. The intersecting fade in and out transitions between the shredding onslaught of “Rebirth” into the deep-fried “Brainfade” and back into the maniacal whirlwind of “Mandatory Purgatory” doesn’t interrupt any flow whatsoever. I would actually counter that the overall rough mix sound of the disc further underscores Smoot’s intent and makes it a fitting tribute to an excellent guitarist. We got to hear Cory Smoot as he was and as he will last be remembered.
Smoot’s final contribution as a musician, When Worlds Collide, is part guitar clinic, part jam session, and overall, his final testament to the love of music. As a special note, Metal Blade Records is donating all the proceeds of the sale of When Worlds Collide to the Smoot Family Fund to help provide for his widowed wife and child.