The Smashing Pumpkins return with a rock opera in three acts

The American rock band from Chicago (USA), formed in 1987 by singer and guitarist Billy Corgan, unveiled Beguiledthe first single from their new album, ATUM, a 33-piece rock opera. According to the leader of the group, this twelfth opus is the last part of a trilogy started in 1995 with the successful double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Two years after their last album, Cyr, the alternative rock band led by Billy Corgan announced the release of a new album, ATUM, taking the form of a rock opera in three acts. In total, the album will contain no less than 33 tracks, with eleven titles per section, which will be unveiled bit by bit (at the rate of one title per week) in the podcast recently launched by the singer of the group, entitled Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan, whose first two episodes are already available.

On this occasion, the Smashing Pumpkins unveiled a first extract – with metal sounds – from their new project, Beguiled, somewhere in between Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. The piece is also accompanied by a clip shot in sequence shot and colorful. The first act will be released by ATUM will be released on November 15, the second on January 31, 2023 and the last act on April 21, 2023, at the same time as a special box containing ten unreleased songs – in addition to three volumes of songs already planned.

A long-winded trilogy

According to Billy Corgan, the triptych ATUM comes to close a trilogy composed by two double albums, Machina/The Machine of God (2000) and Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadnessone of the group’s greatest successes – more than 20 million copies sold, one of the best-selling double albums in rock history, along with The Wall of pink floyd Where The White Album of the Beatles. Very prolific, Billy Corgan would have composed this new album in the space of four years and hopes to be able to interpret it one day on stage in its entirety.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ journey has long been rocky, with overdoses, breakups and business failures. The group broke up for the first time in 2000 after the exclusion of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and the departure of bassist D’arcy Wretzky, before reforming for a while in 2006. In 2009, the drummer left the band again, but the group continues to exist through Billy Corgan, who continues to produce new albums. Since 2018, the group can again count on most of its original members. The Smashing Pumpkins will begin a new North American tour next October.

No European date has yet been mentioned.

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