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Late GWAR Guitarist Cory Smoot Featured on New Single

Cory Smoot
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The first posthumous recording by late GWAR guitarist Cory Smoot, a cover of Dayglo Abortions’ ‘Isn’t This Disgusting,’ is available now on iTunes and will be included on the upcoming Dayglo Abortions tribute compilation, which comes out next year.

GWAR’s ‘Isn’t this Disgusting’ was tracked by Smoot at his Karma Productions studio in Richmond, Va., and was mixed by Rob Shallcross. Proceeds from the single will go to the Smoot Family Fund.

“This makes me feel like I have accomplished something with my life,” said Dayglo Abortions guitarist and vocalist The Cretin. “It is a bigger compliment than any industry award or anything else I can think of. Bigger than recognition from peers. A pat on the back from the big boys. So shell out the [$1.99], then e-mail me a copy, ‘cuz I can’t afford it. Cheers to GWAR.”

“The Dayglos have always been one of my favorite bands ever since we played a show with them 25 years ago,” added GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus. “So when we heard about this project we were completely stoked, not just with the idea, but the song selected for us. It pretty much sums up my whole attitude. But I had no idea it would the last time I worked with Cory Smoot in the studio. This track has Cory’s last studio leads, and as usual, they f—ing rip. Cory may have left us but his music will live forever. Crank it!”

Smoot, 34, was discovered dead on GWAR’s bus on Nov. 3. A coroner has stated that he died from coronary artery thrombosis brought about by his pre-existing coronary artery disease. Since his death, the role of Flattus Maximus has been retired and GWAR are persevering as a four-piece.

On Dec. 20, GWAR announced it had canceled its European tour, which was supposed to start Jan. 11 in Antwerp, Belgium. The band blamed poor ticket sales and individually canceled shows for their decision not to make the trip overseas. “Hopefully all tickets will be refunded (please let us know if they are not),” the band said in a statement. “Again, we are really sorry this happened, but there was nothing we could do. “[We are] very, very bummed… but GWAR still lives, and will return to reap a bloody vengeance too terrible to comprehend.”

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