"Is everyone afraid? Has everyone changed?," Billy Corgan sings on "Doomsday Clock," a big, loud rocker in the vein of "Geek U.S.A." from "Siamese Dream."

"Is everyone afraid? Has everyone changed?," Billy Corgan sings on "Doomsday Clock," a big, loud rocker in the vein of "Geek U.S.A." from "Siamese Dream." It's the first song on his band Smashing Pumpkins' first album in seven years, "Zeitgeist," due this week via Martha's Music/Reprise.

The set is frontloaded with songs of this ilk, hearkening back to the grunge era with detuned guitars and pounding drums on tracks such as the Modern Rock chart hit "Tarantula," "Orchid" and "7 Shades of Black."

A more nuanced, less abrasive approach is evident on "Never Lost," which has vibraphone and organ tucked into the mix, while "For God and Country" is a bass-driven tune with shades of Depeche Mode-style synth-rock. The album closes with the mostly synth-powered "Pomp and Circumstance," as Corgan's multi-tracked vocals take on an angelic effect.

The Pumpkins, which now feature lone original members Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, are on tour throughout the summer in support of the album.

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