Smashing Pumpkins Drop Sabbath-like ‘Beguiled’ Announces 33-Song ‘ATUM’ Rock Opera

That Splitting pumpkins going big for their 12th album. The ever-ambitious band announced Tuesday (September 20) that their upcoming 33-track, 3-act cut opera ATUM (pronounced “Autumn”) will serve as a sequel to 1995’s iconic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and the experimental of the 2000s Machine/God’s machines.

The group previewed the compilation with the sultry Black Sabbath-esque single “Beguiled”, on which Billy Corgan sings: “Return the faith/ Return the faith/ They’re smashing out the veils/ Return the faith/ And there’s no escape/ So return the faith/ With charging light brigades/ Return the faith/ You must move.”

ATUM — written and produced by Corgan over the past four years — will be released in April 2023, and according to a release, each track will be revealed chronologically each week on the singer’s iHeartRadio podcast: Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan; fans can hear two never-before-released tracks from the album in the first two episodes and another new song in each subsequent episode. The slow-burn release will find each 11-song act dropping every 11 weeks on streaming platforms to coincide with the podcast, with Act 1 dropping on Nov. 15, Act 2 on Jan. 31, 2023 and Act 3 (along with a special edition box set of all 33 tracks plus 10 additional unreleased songs) due out on April 21, 2023.

The Pumpkins will preview their upcoming Spirits on Fire arena tour with Jane’s Addiction this week with two sold-out small gigs at one of their most beloved hometown venues, Chicago’s Metro tonight, as well as New York’s Irving Plaza on Thursday (September 22). .

Listen to “Beguiled” below and the first episode of Corgan’s podcast here.


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