It's been said that Umbra et Imago's music moves within the gothic, the new wave and the EBM genres. It has also been said that the band entertains a fascination for sex and sado/masochism.
"Mea Culpa", album number six in the band's almost decade long history, oozes with elements of goth, dark wave and metal. And its booklet is adorned with pictures of naked ladies. Even if the impression slowly transforms from dim to slightly brighter, it inevitably rests a kind of dull haze over "Mea Culpa".
Eventually, it's clear that it's only the vocals of Wolfsheim's Peter Heppner in "Lieber gott..." that feels fresh like newly fallen rain in summer. The rest of the time my first real meeting with Umbra et Imago reminds me of persistent drizzle in September.