La Mer are a solo project from Scotland that has recently been featured in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal with some elements of Balkan and Caucasian folk music and this is a review of his 2020 album "Kingdom Of hell" which was released by Roadtrip God Inc.
A very distorted, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album along with some programmed beats a few seconds later. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the solos and leads also add in a great amount of melody as well as the acoustic guitars also adding in elements of Balkan and Caucasian folk music.
All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats. At times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Whispered vocals can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with the tremolo picking also giving the music more of a raw feeling when it is utilized and folk instruments can also be heard in certain sections of album, synths can also be heard briefly and the last track also adds in a brief use of female vocals. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from La Mer and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED Tracks Include "To Dust" "This Ship Carries Plague" and "Crown Of Stars". 8out of 10.