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Genetic Transmission - excerpt

SPK

Leichenschrei

Label: Old Europa Cafe

Format: CD

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Re-edition of the SPK masterpiece first out in 1982; close to 40 years are gone, but the energy of 'Leichenschrei' is still very high! An absolute highlight in industrial culture and music. Leichenschrei was the second album by the Australian industrial group SPK (Sozialistisches Patienten Kollektiv). Their debut album, Information Overload Unit, explores a brutal industrial noise sound and places Leichenschrei as the stepping stone towards the group's synth based and rhythmical material that was to come after it. In 1987, The Legendary Pink Dots' frontman Edward Ka-Spel talked a little about industrial music for the Italian fanzine Snowdonia: ''I was always interested in that; Throbbing Gristle really affected me and "Second Annual Report" would send shivers down my spine, their lyrical content and overall philosophy. But there are so many sub-TG who just say 'let's get in a bedroom, let's make a noise and let's call it art' and it's garbage! I think industrial music should have stopped completely after SPK made "Leichenschrei" because that was the ultimate, it was a brilliant album that nobody could make a better, more definitive work in industrial music.''

Although Leichenschrei got appreciation from John Peel, who played it for months, group leader Graeme Revell tried for more than 11 months to get a review for the album, ringing up NME every week. After finally getting Chris Bohn to make a review, they'd had Neubauten and Test Dept on the front cover, 6 months after giving them the album. The band almost stopped out of sheer frustration at that time.

With Leichenschrei being one of the most outstanding industrial releases of all time, the albums put out by SPK afterwards came as a total surprise. Zamia Lehmanni: Songs of Byzantine Flowers and Digitalis Ambigua: Gold & Poison went on with the industrial sound wrapped into a rather experimental ambiental/darkwave/synth approach making the band noticeable for its precise determination to show all aspects of industrial music.

Details
Cat. number: OECD 274
Year: 2019
Genre: Noise