February 5, 2007

Zamia Lehmanni
Mute/Grey Area


A late album by these twisted Aussies that is far from the brutal industrial aural workout of Leichenshrei and even the weirdly mainstream disco of Metal Dance. This is more of an ambient album, featuring Graeme Revell’s instrumentals backing vocalist Sinan in some almost pastoral soundscapes. It’s probably the only S.P.K. album that could be said to be pretty by anyone’s stretch of the imagination. It’s hard to believe that this is the same band that did Despair or that used to utilize cadaver pictures on their album covers. The album also makes use of some monastic chanting that predates Enigma or that insipid Benedictine Monks album by a few years. It was probably around the time of this album that Revell started scoring films, leading him to become one of the biggest names in film soundtracks. Who would’ve thought it?

This is from the Mute CD reissue that includes one bonus track.


  1. Invocation (to Secular Heresies)
  2. Palms Crossed In Sorrow
  3. Romanz In Mol (Romance in a Minor Key)
  4. In The Dying Moments
  5. In Flagrante Delicto
  6. Alocasia Metallica
  7. Necropolis
  8. The Garden Of Earthly Delights
  9. The Doctrine Of Eternal Ice




  1. Laibach, The Fall, SPK… it’s like an Ali Baba’s Cavern ! Thanx a lot !

  2. You are most welcome!

  3. hi. just found your site. thanks for the “Zamia Lehmanni (Songs Of Byzantine Flowers)” post. an exceptional album from the period and a personal favourite.

    suggested future post and interesting companion to Zamia Lehmanni
    > Lustmord “Paradise Disowned”. possible?

  4. Hmmm.
    You could be on to something.
    I don’t have that particular Lustmord album, but have seen it around. Maybe I’ll post what I do have and surprise you.

  5. Chardman, this is VERY inspiring… 😉

    I just have 2 releases from SPK, and this is one of them… almost ‘sacred’ in it’s tone, at least if you compare it to the other one I just posted.

    I was never very heavy into Industrial, but this group really moved me. Do you have their “Information Overload Unit” – I’d really love to listen to that one…

  6. […] “Zamia Lehmanni” and his comment on “Leichenschrei”, Chardman of the Kill Ugly Radio blog gave me the initial idea of posting SPK’s second […]

  7. SPK’s debut LP and a rare single was posted by herr Ärmel @ the Dorfdisco Braunsfeld – link in the comments 😉

  8. For me Zahmia Lehmanni is not(!) so different from earlier recordings of SPK. It’s as intense as f.e. Leichenschrei, only in a different way. Both records touched my subconscious and gave me deep experiences. Okay, Invocation from Zahmia Lehmanni more deeper. Believe it or not, hearing the compilation Vhutemas Archetypi(with ‘Invocation’ on it) I had a mental experience like a flashback to ancient times, feeling and smelling like living in a cavern (and many more).
    By the way, I’m a very rational person and no drugs were involved.

  9. Yep.
    upon subsequent listens, I have to say I agree with you (I only recently acquired it).
    And you don’t have to explain the transcendent music experience to us; we all look to score for that often elusive feeling that great music can give us. Drugs can only diminish that particular high.

  10. totally agree – i’m on drugs with augustus pablo right now 😉 totally wired!

  11. If someone wants “Zamia Lehmanni (Songs of Byzantine Flowers” as Lossless rip (FLAC image + CUE, scans also):
    3 RAR volumes (100+100+40 MB):
    and the Hi-Res scans (38 MB):
    password: mr_stitch

    Links are still working, so hurry up for this great album, g’d luck !

  12. Good post !
    It reminds me when i was young !

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