Just in time for Christmas, the Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing their eighth album 'Monuments To An Elegy'; the first of two albums within the space of the year, and the second instalment of their 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' album trilogy project.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs live
Smashing Pumpkins on their way with eighth album

The album follows up their 2012 offering 'Oceania'; a definite success for the band which scored highly positive reviews all round; and is led by their newest single 'Being Beige'. The first of two albums so far for their new label BMG, 'Monuments To An Elegy' will be quickly followed up by 'Day for Night'. The idea was originally thought out as a double album, but frontman Billy Corgan later decided it would work better for the fans as single releases, which, according to him, 'in itself changed the process, writing and review'.

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Joining the band on the album is Smashing Pumpkins only other official member Jeff Schroeder and  Motley Crue drumming legend Tommy Lee, the latter of whom Corgan describes as bringing his characteristic 'power and grace' to the record. Producer Howard Willing re-teamed with the band on the album, acting as a 'traffic cop to point out where the Pumpkins' sound needed to come forward'.

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'For that I'm appreciative', says Corgan. 'Because it was never the idea of the band as conceived to live in the past, or to become a machine of sentiment.'

As for the second album, Corgan reveals it is at 'the other side of the sonic moon' from 'Monuments...', and that it aims to be a little more 'personal'. There's no telling how either album will fare against 2012's 'Oceania', which reached number 4 in US charts, but if charming new single 'Being Beige is anything to go by we're certainly looking forward to it.

More: Read our review of 'Oceania'

'Monuments To An Elegy' is set to drop on December 9th 2014.

Listen to 'Being Beige' here: