The Smashing Pumpkins will complete an album cycle over a quarter century in the making with the release of ATUM (pronounced Autumn). Due out in full on April 21st, 2023, the three-act rock opera will serve as a sequel to the band’s 1995 opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/Machine of God. Along with Tuesday’s announcement, the alt-grunge forefathers shared the lead single, “Beguiled”.

ATUM is a fittingly expansive project for The Smashing Pumpkins, with frontman Billy Corgan reportedly spending the past four years on the 33-song album. Each of the three 11-song acts will come out every 11 weeks on digital platforms, with Act 1 on November 15th, 2022, Act 2 on January 31st, 2023, and Act 3 on April 21st, 2023. The arrival of Act 3 will coincide with the release of a special edition box set that contains all 33 songs plus ten bonus tracks.

Each week for the next 33 weeks, The Smashing Pumpkins will release a new single via the new podcast Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan. The first two episodes are out now and feature the album’s title track and “Butterfly Suite”. Each episode also includes a dive into Pumpkins history, a classic track, and a special guest including Mike Garson (David Bowie) in episode one and the band’s producer/sound engineer Tommy Lipnick in episode two.

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“Beguiled” opens with an interesting combination of a metal-inspired guitar riff and an 808 drum track, but Corgan’s moan gives the track a sleek, modern tone that brings the spirit of Mellon Collie and Machina into the 2020s. The single builds on the dystopian aura the band fostered with 2020’s Cyr and adds some of the edge that defined its earlier days. The Smashing Pumpkins will debut “Beguiled” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

Listen to The Smashing Pumpkins’ new single “Beguiled” below and click here to pre-order ATUM. The first two episodes of Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan are available below and wherever you listen to podcasts. Next month, the band will head out on the Spirits On Fire North American arena tour with Jane’s Addiction. Tickets and a full list of tour dates are available here.

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Beguiled”

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Beguiled” (Official Video)

Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan