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Studio album by SPK
Released 1982
Recorded October 1981 - March 1982 at SPK/Side Effekts studio
Genre Industrial
Length 43:09
Label Thermidor
Producer SPK
SPK chronology
Information Overload Unit
(1981)Information Overload Unit1981
Machine Age Voodoo
(1984)Machine Age Voodoo1984
Alternative cover
1992 CD reissue
1992 CD reissue

Leichenschrei is the second album by the band SPK. It was released in 1982 on Thermidor Records in the United States and in 1983 on the band's own Side Effekts label in the United Kingdom. The title is a German word meaning "corpse scream", and might refer to an alleged supernatural behavior exhibited by the deceased.

The band was listed on the initial Thermidor release as "SPK", although subsequent vinyl reissues were credited to "Sozialistisches Patienten Kollektiv", a reference to the leftist German patients' group of the same name. The name was misspelled on the CD reissue as "Socialistisches Patienten Kollektiv".


In a 1987 interview for Italian fanzine Snowdonia, Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots stated that he thought industrial music should have stopped after Leichenschrei, describing it as a "brilliant album" and "nobody could make a better, more definitive work in industrial music".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No track listing was provided with the initial release on Thermidor Records. The first side of vinyl editions of the album end with a lockgroove. Sides one and two of the vinyl editions are labeled "Seite ((Lysso))" and "Seite ((Klono))", respectively.[2]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Genetic Transmission" – 3:17
  2. "Post-Mortem" – 2:24
  3. "Desolation" – 1:18
  4. "Napalm (Terminal Patient)" – 2:39
  5. "Cry from the Sanatorium" – 2:26
  6. "Baby Blue Eyes" – 2:38
  7. "Israel" – 2:46
  8. "Internal Bleeding" – 1:46
  9. "Chamber Music" – 3:26

Side two[edit]

  1. "Despair" – 4:45
  2. "The Agony of the Plasma" – 3:03
  3. "Day of Pigs" – 4:18
  4. "Wars of Islam" – 4:31
  5. "Maladia Europa (The European Sickness)" – 3:50


According to the album liner notes:[3]


Chart (1983) Peak
UK Indie Chart[4] 14

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1982 Thermidor Records LP T-9
United Kingdom 1983 Side Effekts LP SER 02
Germany 1986 Normal Records LP NORMAL 26
United Kingdom 1992 The Grey Area CD SPK 2CD


  1. ^ "The Legendary Pink Dots – Snowdonia, 1987". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ "SPK Discography – Leichenschrei". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^ "SPK – Leichenschrei (LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2014.