SPK ‎– Leichenschrei

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
T-9 SPK Leichenschrei(LP, Album) Thermidor T-9 US 1982 Sell This Version
T 09 SPK Leichenschrei(LP, Album, TP) Thermidor T 09 US 1982 Sell This Version
SER 02 Sozialistisches Patienten Kollektiv* Leichenschrei(LP, Album) Side Effects SER 02 UK 1983 Sell This Version
NORMAL 26 Sozialistisches Patienten Kollektiv* Leichenschrei(LP, Album, RE) Normal NORMAL 26 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
spk 2cd Socialistisches Patienten Kollektiv* Leichenschrei(CD, Album) The Grey Area spk 2cd UK 1992 Sell This Version
spk 2cd, SPK2CD, 5016025680412 Socialistisches Patienten Kollektiv* Leichenschrei(CD, Album, RE) The Grey Area, The Grey Area, Mute spk 2cd, SPK2CD, 5016025680412 UK 2003 Sell This Version
spk 2cd, SPK2CD, 5016025680412 Socialistisches Patienten Kollektiv* Leichenschrei(CD, Album, RE) The Grey Area, The Grey Area, Mute spk 2cd, SPK2CD, 5016025680412 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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yuralgol

yuralgol

April 18, 2018
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, SER 02
I'm looking for this LP with Dokument II Booklet. Please, contact me if you have one copy to sell.
MaskingSound

MaskingSound

October 25, 2017
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, SER 02
If someone has an extra copy of Dokument II, or even high quality scans, please PM me.
jpmcruiser

jpmcruiser

April 28, 2015
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, T-9
Which is the better LP to own, the first one or the second pressing with the alternate cover?
Lapidge

Lapidge

September 25, 2014
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, RE, NORMAL 26

killer release, Maladia Europea is a personal favourite
appazappa

appazappa

April 13, 2013
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, T-9

recommended back in 1982 from my local mail order / record shop.
still have the original USA first pressing.
after almost 30 years old this album still gives me chicken skin, deep fear and makes me nervous when listening to it in the dark.
a timeless classic the Beatles could never made or produce.
bonnicon

bonnicon

June 4, 2012
referencing Leichenschrei, CD, Album, spk 2cd
This album, showing how far they had come in just two years, opens with "Genetic Transmission", closely akin to "Hamburger Lady" with it's rising & falling bass sound & the disturbing lyrics, changed by added percussion & synthetics. "Post-Mortem" is a more structured piece sounding not unlike JAPAN circa "Tin Drum" after being injected with experimental drugs. The drums are huge & spatial, scattering across the panorama in controlled deltas of sound. The tale, spoken by an Australian girl, is a rather nasty tale of experimentation & exploitation (and mad paranoia). "Desolation" is a short loose thing using small metal percussion over growling bass sounds and laughing lemures. "Napalm (Terminal Patient)" is a loose, non-beat thing based on a distant exploding loop, with spoken voice riding it's non-body. "Cry From The Sanatorium" is perhaps the most advanced, structured piece here, a busy rhythmic piece going at an EBM tempo mainly constructed of percussive sounds - snappy, muted bassy, many in between. Add to these 'found' voice speaking in a higher pitch & bass guitar creating scrolling patterns & you might have some idea of how it sounds. "Baby Blue Eyes" follows in it's wake, almost keeping the same tempo, yet the track itself is so much stranger, while based on a 'normal' drum beat, it is full of industrial noises. "Israel" follows in it's tracks, again a similar piece, a fast paced drumming track joined by all manner of industrial sounds. "Internal Bleeding" carries the sound onwards, taking a pseudo-Ethnic drum pattern through dark Industrial soundscapes while a women talks of imminent seduction. "Chamber Music" harkens back to earlier Industrial music with a clanking, clattering drum pattern over which all manner of noise & synthetics are laid, creating a stark & disturbing atmosphere of cacophonous fear. "Despair" is once more a strange, dark and atmospheric piece, whose most obvious motif is it's unwavering thump-thump-thump drum sound, relentlessly moving onwards through rising fuzzed electronics & wasteland detritus percussion. There is even a tune in there, a sort of ravaged "Are Friends Electric?". "The Agony Of The Plasma" opens with screams, breaking glass and spoken male voice with Industrial enhancements, before growing into a fast, percussive, adrenaline-driving piece. "Day Of Pigs" has a smacking. smashing drum pattern held beneath various growing, soaring pieces of Industrial noise. This changes again & again, following a normal bassline through it's metamorphoses. It reminds me of EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN's "ZNS" in any ways. "Wars In Islam" follows in it's wake, a fastish piece of driving bass and machine noise over which metal percussion, like flat bells, are played. It has a curious hybrid Rock/Industrial sound, which pushes it along in a panting, breathy way, changing as it hammers along. The album closes with "Maladia Europa (The European Sickness)" - a moody drifting piece given shape by stark drums which batter along steadily, surrounded by a mass of amorphous noise which seems to have emanated from the spirit world's darker corners, brought into this dimension by the Monk's chanting. It has a building feel to it, climaxing with an animal cry.
It it hadn't been for CD, this album wouldn't be easy to follow track by track, as each seems to blend into the next without a moment to breathe in between. The music? Well, I think they had found their best-known sound on this album. It curiously changes mood & style over periods of several tracks, making the track-by-track review a little redundant. These were the big names, along with EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN & TEST DEPT way back then, during the so-called Metal-Bashin' period. While such junk percussion is present here, it does not overdo the theme, instead blending it with a myriad other instruments.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.
Dr.SultanAszazin

Dr.SultanAszazin

July 12, 2009
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, SER 02

Sozialistisches Patienten Kollektiv, Dark industrial from the early 80's. Recorded in 1981. The Music of SPK moves between a triangle with in the three points: Byzantine music, Dark Industrial and 80's Pop. This one is almost pure Industrial. Along with "Auto da Fe" this is the one I suggest most if interested in SPK. Except if you're into a lighter Pop sound, this one has a rather heavy sound!

This one will for sure put your playback installation on a test. The album is very dynamic, both in frequency range and amplitude. Fat basslines floating in a noisy environment. Sharp industrial drums, subtle voices, rythmic play between all musical elements, metallic sounds, all this make this record a lust for the ear. Pure Rawness combined with musical finesse and a very conscious approach towards the sound timbre.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

September 9, 2003
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, T-9

The absolute masterpiece of industrial music. Deep electronic drones, creeping synths, metal percussions, machinery noises and frightening voices create the gloomy and hopeless potrait of modern post-industrial society. The original press on Thermidor had the picture of a human face completely burnt by napalm, and on the backside a black and white blurred shot of the band on stage, masked and menacing. THIS is what industrial is about.
Philosopher

Philosopher

March 15, 2003
referencing Leichenschrei, LP, Album, SER 02

The epitome of frightening electronic industrial music. Extremely dark collages of drones, metal percussion, and creepy samples that include interviews with mental patients and instructions how to make napalm. The distorted black and white photograph of masked musicians on the back only increases the disturbing atmosphere this record creates. A classic of its genre. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.