Review: The Cory Smoot Experience, When Worlds Collide

By Georgi Bomb

The tragic and sudden passing of Gwar’s Cory Smoot shook the industry, leaving a void in the metal world, impossible to fill.

When Worlds Collide by The Cory Smoot Experience is an album that only enhances the terrible loss that occurred.

Recorded at Cory Karma Studios (Municipal Waste, GWAR), the idea was meant for a concept album entitled Religion is Fiction.

Once the album was recoreded, Cory intended to bring in the best vocalists from the Richmond area that inclided GWAR’s Dave Brockie and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe.

Due to scheduling problems the concept was scrapped, leaving Cory to add the vocals himself and The Cory Smoot Experience was born.

This album can easily be described as an eclectic mix of influences and a showcase of the aforementioned talents of Smoot.

Throughout the album there is a real technical progression that sometimes flitters around in the back or barges its way to the front for all to hear.

This is noticed in the opening track, Blood Red which lifts into an easy-listening rock n roll tune before slamming into darker territory.

All tracks merge into one another, and the opener’s transition into Fortunate Sun sets a more haunting atmosphere, and possesses a doom-like quality.

There is so much variation in sounds, genre and even track length. The array of moods is merged smoothly into forty minutes of sheer diversity.

The silky grooves with the heavy progression blends well on Religion Is Fiction.

Brainfade breaks up the album with an acoustic, Spanish twang thrown into the mix. The recurring, dual vocals, slightly off key doesn’t allow it to stray too far from the already windy path though.

As When Worlds Collide nears the end, the tracks extend, adding more guitar solos and doom –like roars.

The marching beats curl around the break downs and it starts to have a Mastodon –esq influence.

The title track takes a whle to get going, the long intro only feels like repetitive false starts and feedback noise, which is unnecessary but eventually fades out to reveal an old-school metal anthem.

The guitar is the main focus and slowly becomes hypnotic before taking a darker turn and the incessant beeping is more noticable as it jumbles and mashes into a random slush.

It seems the longer the track, the more experiemental it is.

When Worlds Collide is extremely intriguing due to its unpredictability.

It’s hard to know where it is going and needs a few listens to really understand it however, it only needs one listen to leave you wanting more.

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.

“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”

–Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR

When Worlds Collide is available through Metal Blade Records – where fans can listen to samples from the album as well as donate to the Smoot Family Fund.

The album will be available on June 5th, 2012.

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