November 4, 2011

Members of HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL and ALL THAT REMAINS have reacted to the passing of GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot (a.k.a. Flattus Maximus).

Cory was found dead as the U.S. band was about to enter Canada on Thursday morning. He was 34 years old.

Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED, KINGDOM OF SORROW): "[Rest in peace], Cory Smoot. Such a good dude. Some of my best road memories are from touring with GWAR. This is a sad day. He will be missed."

Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL): "Incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Cory of GWAR. I'm glad we were able to share many stages. Much love to the GWAR family."

Philip Labonte (ALL THAT REMAINS): "My condolences to the GWAR family. Cory was awesome and will be missed."

Devin Townsend: "Oh my God... [Rest in peace] Cory Smoot. See you brother, peace. ...fuck."

GWAR is two weeks into a six-week North American tour, which features three other bands EVERY TIME I DIE, GHOUL and WARBEAST.

According to the Edmonton Journal, GWAR will still perform Friday at Edmonton Event Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Manager Jack Flanagan told the Associated Press there's no word yet on funeral arrangements or the rest of the tour.

GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie, also known as Oderus Urungus, said in a statement that "at this point we are just dealing with the loss of our dear friend and brother" and asked for privacy.

He called Smoot "one of the most talented guitar players in metal today."

Smoot joined GWAR in 2002 and first appeared on the band's 2004 album "War Party". He was the fifth guitarist to play the character of Flattus Maximus, known by his red face, white dreadlocks, dinosaur-head shoulder pads and reptile feet.

Born August 25, 1977, Smoot previously played in metal bands MISGUIDED and LOCUS FACTOR and continued to play with MENSREA, in addition to establishing his own solo project, THE CORY SMOOT EXPERIMENT.

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