Smashing Pumpkins: 33-Track Rock Opera ‘ATUM,’ a Sequel to ‘Mellon Collie’ & ‘Machina/Machine of God,’ Out in April; Stream “Beguiled”


Adrian GarroCategories:Latest News

Rock Cellar Magazine

When The Smashing Pumpkins released the massive double-album Cyr in July 2020, band leader Billy Corgan was already hinting at even newer material.

Sure enough, a new album will be released in April 2023 … but ATUM (pronounced “Autumn”) won’t just be another set of songs. No, this one has a meaningful hook, one that’s sure to appeal to longtime fans — or, at the very least, pique folks’ interest.

ATUM is being officially billed as a “three-act rock opera” and a sequel to both 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God.

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Mellon Collie, of course, was the record that pushed Smashing Pumpkins into the stratosphere and made them era-defining MTV stars with a host of songs (including “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “Tonight, Tonight” and “1979”) that rank among the most popular of the decade’s alt/rock sound.

2020’s Cyr, which again saw Corgan working with longtime band mates James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin (as well as guitarist Jeff Schroeder), wasn’t much of a “guitar-forward” record, a more experimental foray into the sort of music Corgan has dabbled with on his own in recent years.

In contrast, here’s “Beguiled,” a song shared from ATUM that accompanied the album’s announcement. Charging forward on a chugging guitar riff, it’s an energetic burst that introduces the new era, and is paired with a fittingly high-concept music video:

ATUM will be released on 3-CD or 4-LP, reflecting the album’s sprawling nature.

The track listing:

DISC: 1

1. ATUM
2. Butterfly Suite
3. The Good In Goodbye
4. Embracer
5. With Ado I Do
6. Hooligan
7. Steps In Time
8. Where Rain Must Fall
9. Beyond The Vale
10. Hooray!
11. The Gold Mask

DISC: 2

1. Avalanche
2. Empires
3. Neophyte
4. Moss
5. Night Waves
6. Space Age
7. Every Morning
8. To The Grays
9. Beguiled
10. The Culling
11. Springtimes

DISC: 3

1. Sojourner
2. That Which Animates The Spirit
3. The Canary Trainer
4. Pacer
5. In Lieu Of Failure
6. Cenotaph
7. Harmageddon
8. Fireflies
9. Intergalactic
10. Spellbinding
11. Of Wings

ATUM was written and produced by Corgan over the past 4 years.

Interestingly, the album’s three acts will be released independently, starting in November: Act 1 on November 15, 2022, Act 2 on January 31, 2023, Act 3 on April 21, 2023 along with the full physical release of all 33 album tracks on 3-CD and 4-LP format.

Corgan has also launched a Spotify podcast, Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan, which promises to debut each song from the album as well. Click here to listen to that.

Billing this as a direct sequel to two of the band’s most popular albums (especially in the case of Mellon Collie) is an interesting angle with which to generate buzz; it will be fascinating to see what type of reception fans and the general public give to the full album.

Fans can probably expect some of this new material coming up on the Smashing Pumpkins’ fall tour with special guests Jane’s Addiction, which is set to kick off in early October.

The dates:

10/02 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX**
10/03 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX**
10/05 – Moody Center – Austin, TX**
10/07 – Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL**
10/08 – Hard Rock Casino – Hollywood, FL**
10/10 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN**
10/11 – State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA**
10/13 – Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT**
10/14 – UBS Arena – Belmont Park, NY**
10/16 – TD Garden – Boston, MA**
10/18 – Capital One Arena – Washington, DC**
10/19 – Madison Square Garden – New York City, NY**
10/21 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA**
10/22 – PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA*^
10/24 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON**
10/26 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC**
10/27 – Centre Videotron – Quebec City, QC**
10/29 – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse – Cleveland, OH*^
10/30 – Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI**
11/01 – Enterprise Center – St. Louis, MO**
11/02 – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI**
11/04 – Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN**
11/05 – United Center – Chicago, IL**
11/07 – Ball Arena – Denver, CO**
11/09 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA**
11/11 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC**
11/12 – Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA**
11/13 – Moda Center – Portland, OR**
11/15 – Chase Center – San Francisco, CA**
11/16 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA**
11/18 – Footprint Center – Phoenix, AZ**
11/19 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA**

** with guests Jane’s Addiction + opener Poppy
*^ with guests Jane’s Addiction + opener Meg Myers

 

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