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Before Graeme Revell became a very successful Hollywood movie composer, he was a founding member of the early industrial act SPK, one of the bands responsible for helping to usher in what would eventually come to be known as the first wave of industrial Music. Revell met up with Neil Hill while they were both working at a psychiatric hospital. They were both inspired by the manifesto of the German radical Marxist group known as the Sozialistisches Patientenkollektiv, hence the group's name. They would later bring teenagers David Virgin and Danny Rumour into the fold, which would serve as the first lineup of SPK.
They recorded and released their debut album, Information Overload Unit in 1981, and followed up Leichenschrei (Translation: The Corpse Screams) the following year. Of all the most influential and historically important first wave industrial acts, SPK has increasingly become one of the most overlooked and underrated. This may be due to the change in style which would accompany their later releases, as their music became significantly lighter in mood than their earlier efforts. Unfortunately, SPK would not release another album of this caliber again.
Leichenschrei still stands as one of early industrial's finest moments. Heart-pounding percussion, mind-bending electronic sounds, and voices that sound like they are from beyond the grave all come together to emerse the listener in a nightmarish world, and made their contemporaries stand up and take notice. Leichenschrei was no doubt one of the most delightfully disturbing albums of industrial's first wave, and still evokes a sense of dread to this day to the uninitiated without sounding dated.
Year of Release: 1982 Label: Thermidor Genre: Industrial, Noise Bitrate: 320kbps