This by far has been one of the hardest reviews to write especially considering the circumstances in which When World Collide was released.
For those of you who don’t know who Cory Smoot is you may recognize his stage name Flattus Maximus, the guitarist from GWAR., unfortunately Cory passed away in 2011.
When Worlds Collide is a not only a tribute but a perfect display of Cory’s talents, as well as proceeds from sales going to Cory’s family.
For me When Worlds Collide does come across as unfinished which sadly is unsurprising considering, however there are sublime guitar skills that fill the entire album from Cory. When Worlds Collide is/was a one man project and you can see the direction in which Cory wanted to take this album. I wish I could say he had broken away from the GWAR sound but it is inescapable at times which for some myself included is not the worse thing in the world as I’m rather Partial to the Punk attitude from GWAR.
When Worlds Collide showcases a wide variety of Cory’s influences and his talent in which to create something fresh from these: from the old school thrash sounds to all out death metal there is even some 70′s inspired rock thrown, and a little ballad in there too. I find it very sad that we will never hear the finishing touches that I’m sure Cory had lined up and I find it equally sad that there will not be a follow up. I suppose that is what has made this so difficult to review a cross of sadness and knowing there will not be another album to compare When Worlds Collide. I have enjoyed When Worlds Collide and I’m glad it was released as it is a welcomed musical addition for any fan.
1-The Blood Red
3-Religion is Fiction
7-Countdown to Oblivion
9-When Worlds Collide
12-Sloth Loves Chunk