World War III

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World War III
Studio album by
Madina Lake
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2011
LabelRazor & Tie
ProducerMateo Camargo, Billy Corgan

World War III is the third studio album by American post-hardcore band Madina Lake. The second single, "Imagineer", was produced and co-written by Billy Corgan. Longtime Smashing Pumpkins producer Bjorn Thorsrud also engineered the track.

Madina Lake are another alternative rock band from Chicago. In 2010, bassist Matthew Leone was hospitalized after intervening in a domestic violence incident involving a man beating his wife.[1] At the time, Corgan did not personally know Leone, though Leone and his brother (who is the vocalist for Madina Lake) considered The Smashing Pumpkins their favorite band. In response to his accident, Corgan contacted Metro owner Joe Shanahan and former Pumpkins drummer Matt Walker to hear more about Leone's story.[2] This inspired them to organize the July 27, 2010 benefit show headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins and supported by fellow Chicago band Kill Hannah. The show raised $80,000 to finance Leone's hospital bills.[3] About a year later, once Leone had become coherent enough, he emailed Corgan thanking him. Corgan replied with what Leone described as a "profound, beautiful, powerful e-mail" which sparked a correspondence leading to their collaboration on World War III. Corgan invited Leone and his brother to Sedona, Arizona, where the Pumpkins were demoing songs for Oceania. It was there that "Imagineer" was written and recorded.[2]

When asked about working with Corgan, Leone said it was "almost indescribable":[4]

Tracks of interest[edit | edit source]

2."Imagineer"Billy Corgan, Madina Lake3:55
Total length:43:46

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
September 13, 2011 Razor & Tie 7930183305-2-7 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

The album received positive reviews upon its release. AllMusic wrote that the band sounded "reinvigorated," singling out the Corgan-produced "Imagineer" as an example.[5] IGN gave the album 9/10 stars, describing "Imagineer" as a "squall of buzzing riffs and a thicket of drums paint a perfect backdrop" for the story behind the album.[6]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 30

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Madina Lake'S Matthew Leone Hospitalised - Roadrunner Records Uk". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Interview: Madina Lake". Illinois Entertainer. November 1, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  3. "Smashing Pumpkins Perform New Song at Benefit for Madina Lake Bassist". Spinner. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Interview: Madina Lake – Matthew Leone on World War III, Billy Corgan and the road to recovery". Thrash Hits. October 10, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  5. O'Brien, Jon. "World War III - Madina Lake review". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2021.
  6. "Madina Lake: World War III Review". IGN. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011.
  7. "Madina Lake Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.