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Are Code Orange making beautiful music with Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan?

Code Orange with Billy Corgan
Code Orange and (inset) Billy Corgan (Image credit: Roadrunner Records|Billy Corgan: Pedro Gomes/Getty Images )

Pittsburgh hardcore merchants Code Orange have teased evidence of a possible sonic summit with Smashing Pumpkins' leader Billy Corgan

The band posted an image on social media of members Eric Balderose, Reba Meyers and Jami Morgan alongside Corgan and the message "the k i l l e r in me...". 

So what's going on? We can only hazard a guess. 

The "killer" message is surely a reference to Smashing Pumpkins' 1994 song Disarm, which includes the lyrics, "What's a boy supposed to do? The killer in me is the killer in you," but more information can perhaps be gleaned from the hashtags accompanying the post – #justgettingstarted #beafraid and #codecorgan – which suggest that the meeting might be more than just social. 

What would you call such a collaboration? Smashing Orange? Code Pumpkin? Perhaps we'll never find out, although the positive reaction to news of the possible pairing suggests that fans are keen to hear more.

"I legally said holy shit! This will be fucking badass!!!" exclaimed twitter user jager666999, while user JMillerofPSA used even more exclamation marks in responding, "Whoa! What the fuuuuuck?!!!!!"

Code Orange's last album Underneath was released in early 2020, scoring a rare 10/10 review in Metal Hammer and described as "the greatest metal record in a generation," although Ohms by Deftones ended up being voted the magazine's Album Of The Year.

Earlier this year Smashing Pumpkins revealed they were working on a 33-track “sequel” to 1995's Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, while last month saw the announcement of a 30th anniversary edition of the band's debut album, Gish

 

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Fraser Lewry

Online Editor of Classic Rock Magazine. Lapsed Kiwi, Eater, Pluviophile, Kitten Jesus. Spends much of free time visiting vile dictatorships. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.