The Cory Smoot Experiment was recorded in 2010 at CORY’s Karma Studios, where GWAR, Municipal Waste, and many others have laid down tracks. The songs were originally meant for a concept album called ‘Religion is Fiction’. CORY was going to lay down all the tracks and then get some of his favorite singers from the internationally-acclaimed Richmond Metal scene to do the vocals, including GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe. Unfortunately this didn’t happen due to scheduling problems but that didn’t mean the end of the project. CORY went ahead and recorded the vocals himself and re-named the project The Cory Smoot Experiment, completing the entire package just before his final tour with GWAR in the fall of 2011.
Today GuitarWorld.com the online home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from When Worlds Collide. Get a first listen to the song “Mutilated” at the link below.
After his passing, GWAR and Metal Blade set up the Smoot Family Fund to help provide for Cory’s family. All proceeds from this album will be donated to this fund.
Metal Blade Records Chairman and CEO Brian Slagel commented on the album’s release:
“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.”
Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Odrus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR shared his memories of CORY.
“CORY SMOOT is one of the great unsung heroes of Metal. His musical abilities transformed GWAR from a splatter-thrash phenomena into a top Metal act. And though he may have left us way too early, he left us a lifetime of music to listen to. He tore it up like few others, and will always be remembered as the true Flattus Maximus. We really loved the man, and there is not a day that goes by or a GWAR show that is played where he is not sorely missed”
“When Worlds Collide” Track Listing:
The Blood Red
- Fortunate Son
- Religion is Fiction
- Mandatory Purgatory
- Countdown to Oblivion
- The Gauntlet
- When Worlds Collide
- Hollow Tree
- Sloth Loves Chunk