Even though The Smashing Pumpkins� recorded output was slim, the band left an indelible mark on genres as diverse as punk rock, mainstream pop rock, and the burgeoning emo/screamo scene currently ravaging its way across the world.
Reignition Recordings, a label out of New York City, spawned from the late Law of Inertia Records (long association with the magazine), brings the world their second tribute CD, but arguably their best: The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins.
With some of the most exciting cross-genre bands in the country covering Pumpkins songs, this record is white hot. Featuring a diverse cast, like the California-by-way-of-Miami hardcore band Poison The Well (Atlantic), whose version of �Soma� will lull you to sleep before rising you up to the stars; Armor For Sleep (Equal Vision), who turn out a spot-on interpretation on �Today� that seems to bridge the gap between the current state of teen-oriented rock and the Pumpkins themselves; A Static Lullaby (Columbia), a band that gives us an updated take on �Everlasting Gaze� that will peel paint from chrome; and Hopesfall (Trustkill) whose recording of �Eye� is haunting, groovy, and powerful all at once. Rounding out the cast is Eighteen Visions (Epic), Murder By Death (Eyeball), A Thorn For Every Heart (Interscope/Kickball), Roses Are Red (Trustkill), Emanuel (Vagrant), Vaux (Lava/Atlantic), and 32 Leaves (Double Blind Music).
On the heels of Reignition (then known as Law of Inertia Records) Recordings� highly successful Bring You To You Knees: A Tribute To Guns N� Roses, which set the benchmark for tribute compilations with covers by Every Time I Die, Bleeding Through, Death By Stereo, God Forbid, Most Precious Blood, and more, The Killer In You: A Tribute To Smashing Pumpkins is an honorable mark of respect. The Smashing Pumpkins have influenced almost every rock band in the nation today�from super groups to nu metal powerhouses, aggressive music, to weepy cardigan-wearing emo kids�so a tribute to them is the next logical step before the real band gets reformed.