You might not guess it listening to Smashing Pumpkins, but Billy Corgan is a serious metalhead. After all, he calls Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi “my hero.” Revolver recently sat down with Corgan to discuss his Top 11 picks for the greatest heavy-metal bands of all time, and he dug deep, spotlighting everyone from Pantera and Slayer to Mercyful Fate and Rainbow, sharing stories and insights along the way. Watch above.
The Smashing Pumpkins are an influential American rock band that emerged in the late 1980s and achieved widespread acclaim in the 1990s. Led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Billy Corgan, the band’s distinctive sound combines elements of alternative rock, grunge, and shoegaze, characterized by Corgan’s emotive vocals and intricate guitar work. Their music often explores themes of introspection, melancholy, and societal disillusionment. The band’s breakthrough album, “Siamese Dream,” released in 1993, solidified their status as a major force in the alternative music scene. Known for their ambitious and ambitious sonic landscapes, The Smashing Pumpkins have produced a diverse discography that spans from aggressive, guitar-driven anthems to more experimental and ethereal compositions. Over the years, they’ve undergone lineup changes but have remained a seminal and enduring presence in the rock music landscape.