With a raw, rough around the edges and completely terrorizing sound, LaColpa come barreling out of your speakers with their debut album Mea Maxima Culpa. This record harbors three tracks that are riddled with nightmarish sounds that grate on your ears, in a good way of course. Each track is ten minutes plus with the lengthiest track clocking in at fifteen total minutes. This hybrid of doom, black metal, industrial, experimental metal and more provides you with nothing but a wall of devastating noise through and through.
LaColpa greet you with their opener Soil which begins by providing you with odd metallic noises that eventually begin to mix with plenty of reverb and ghostly vocals from the vocalist. That all lasts for a solid three plus minutes before LaColpa really gets rolling as they provide you with some glacial slow and detrimental doom for the rest of the track. The remaining two tracks on this release are more of the same black metal tinged doom insanity, and for two more lengthy tracks you are subject to a depressive sludge filled beating.
These heathens from Italy do a great job of mixing together so many different styles and genres of metal that they keep you guessing at every minute. Not only that, but LaColpa does a good job of pacing themselves throughout each track as well. You never get everything all at one time as they transition between black metal to doom to their more industrial and experimental elements nearly seamlessly. And if they do throw in more than one style at the same time, they mix it all together well to create an overall cohesive sound.
No matter where you turn on this record you become immediately accosted by the harsh and punishing tones that flood out of your speakers. Above I mentioned that each track is a depressive sludge filled beating, and that is exactly what you get with Mea Maxima Culpa. Each track seems to be drenched in misery and utter darkness, but even so you seem to want to press on no matter what. Mea Maxima Culpa is an interesting and unique listen, one that may take a few listens to really grasp it.
With that being said, this release is certainly a solid one for a debut record, and if you are feel adventurous and are looking for something that is quite off of the beaten path, then Mea Maxima Culpa may just satiate your needs.
LaColpa Bandcamp: https://lacolpa666.bandcamp.com/releases