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Rockers React to GWAR Guitarist’s Death

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The first wave of reactions to the death of GWAR guitarist Cory 'Flattus Maximus' Smoot are flooding in from shocked musicians and industry veterans who shared stages and partied with Smoot over the years. Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe released a full statement, while other rockers like All That Remains' Phil Labonte, Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and Shadows Fall's Brian Fair shared their condolences via Twitter.

Statement from Lamb of God's Randy Blythe:

“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 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.”

Reactions from rockers on Twitter:


Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta): RIP Cory Smoot. Such a good dude. Some of my best road memories are from touring w/ Gwar. This is a sad day. He will be missed.



Brian Fair (@brianshadfall): Incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Corey of GWAR. I'm glad we were able to share many stages. Much love to the Gwar family.



Philip Labonte (@philthatremains): My condolences to the Gwar family. Cory was awesome and will be missed.


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