CD Review: The Cory Smoot Experiment “When Worlds Collide”

The Cory Smoot Experiment
“When Worlds Collide”
Metal Blade Records
Producer: Cory Smoot
Tracks: 12

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

“When Worlds Collide” is the posthumous album release from former GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot aka “Flattus Maximus”. Smoot passed away earlier this year while on tour with GWAR from a pre-existing heart condition. The 12 tracks contained on this album were originally intended for a concept album that was to feature a variety of guest vocalists however, due to time constraints this never happened resulting in Smoot recording all of the vocals himself. The album is now being released via Metal Blade Records under the name The Cory Smoot Experience. 100 percent of the proceeds from this album will go to the Smoot Family fund which was set up by GWAR and Metal Blade Records to support Cory’s wife and child.

Having talked with Cory about this album in the past I am so glad that we are finally getting to hear it. Packed with ripping guitar solos and guttural vocals each of the 12 tracks on “When Worlds Collide” are exactly what you would expect from one of the masterminds behind GWAR’s crushing sound. Turn the intensity up to 10 and the skill up to 11 and that’s what you are going to hear when listening to this album. The track “Brainfade” features some intricate acoustic work which I found to be really cool. I always enjoy when artists show a different side of their musicality. Another notable track from the album is “Countdown to Purgatory”. The track starts off with a 5,4,3,2,1 countdown and could easily be the soundtrack to an actual rocket launch. The song features a great build up which only adds to its excitement. The album features great production and despite the down tuned instruments all of the low end tonal characteristics are still present making the album that much heavier.

I encourage both fans of Cory’s work and those not as familiar with Cory’s previous releases to go out and get this album. All of the proceeds will be going directly to Cory’s family so not only will you be directly helping Cory’s family but in return you will get a crushing metal album. All hail Flattus Maximus!

Track Listing:
1.) The Blood Red
2.) Fortunate Son
3.) Religion is Fiction
4.) Rebirth
5.) Brainfade* acoustic riffing
6.) Mandatory Purgatory
7.) Countdown to Oblivion
8.) The Gauntlet
9.) When Worlds Collide
10.) Mutilation
11.) Hollow Tree
12.) Sloth Loves Chunk

Blu-ray Review “The Terror Experiment”

Directed by: George Mendeluk
Actors: Jason London, Judd Nelson, Robert Carradine, C. Thomas Howell
MPAA Rated: Unrated
Distributed by: Anchor Bay
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Running Time: 82 minutes

Film: 1 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

Whatever you do avoid this film like the plague it is. For a cheesy b-horror film, it is odd that this film can pack a cast like Jason London, Judd Nelson, Robert Carradine, C. Thomas Howell and still is impossible to watch. I watch a lot of cheesy horror films but this one was just unbearable to complete. It is a zombie outbreak film really without the the zombies.  I mean they are really useless zombie, some even just laying around.  Lazy just like the movie itself. The style of shooting was just so erratic and poorly planned, it just became discouraging to watch.

The film follows a terrorist who sets off an explosion in the Federal Building, which unleashes a toxic gas throughout the building.  This deadly virus starts to turn the buildings occupants into aggressive and vicious zombies, reminiscent of “28 Days Later”.   Outside the building the government officials are trying to deal with avoiding this issue from leaking to the public, planning a cover-up. Inside, the survivors need to find a way to escape the building, which is on lockdown, alive and without become infected themselves.

The Blu-ray presentation is watchable but nothing special. It’s 1080p transfer has issues with clarity, but not terrible. The film says it boasts a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track but only really gives out a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The special features are also baron of content like the film is. There is only an audio commentary with Executive Producer/Director George Mendeluk. He does a good job of entertaining you but with the film in the background it is just hard to watch.