The metal community is still in shock over the passing of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, aka Flattus Maximus. Many (both fans and musicians alike) have paid their respects and shared their grief since the unfortunate news first hit. However, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s comments that he shared via Twitter were especially touching, and highlighted a side to Smoot that fans didn’t normally get to see. Here’s what Blythe had to say about the passing of his good friend:
“I am very saddened by the passing our friend Cory Smoot AKA Flattus Maximus of GWAR. He was an awesome dude & a great guitar player, as well as a talented engineer & producer. I recorded guest vocals for a few projects at his studio (The Kris Norris Projekt, the Jasta solo record) & as a friend he refused to take my money in payment for the sessions. Last session just gave me some killer tracks of HIS solo work and asked me I ever had time to lay down some vocals for him. I really regret now not having had the opportunity to record those sessions with him. He was always fun to tour with, hang with, and we will be deeply missed, especially in our hometown of Richmond, VA.
It was an honor to work with such a kind human being. My most sincere condolences to his wife, family, and the rest of the GWAR family. Rest in peace brother, I’ll catch you on the flip side.”
As expected, details regarding Smoot’s untimely death, as well GWAR’s current plans, are still unclear. Plus, tributes to Smoot continue to roll in. We’ll keep you posted as more develops. Once again, our condolences go out to Smoot’s family, friends, and band mates in GWAR.
UPDATE: Brockie has released a new statement providing more information about GWAR’s current status.