La Mer is a solo project from Scotland that plays an atmospheric form of black metal with some Balkan and Caucasian folk music influences and this is a review of his 2020 album "silence" which was released by Roadtrip God Inc.
A very distorted sound starts off the album along with some clean playing a few seconds later before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction. Atmospheric elements are also mixed in with the heavy sections of the songs while the vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with a couple of tracks also adding in a brief use of spoken word samples. When the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
When synths are utilized they also give the music more of an epic atmosphere as well as the music also adding in some influences of Balkan and Caucasian folk music at times along with some instruments from those areas also being used briefly, some of the tracks also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the bass guitar also gets more powerful sounding on the closing track. The production sounds very dark, raw and heavy while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion La Mer is a very great sounding atmospheric black metal solo project with some influences of Balkan and Caucasian folk music and if you are looking for something that is different, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Silence" "True Ruler Of Men" and "Cometh the Hour". 8 out of 10.