USIPIAN - Dead Corner of the Eye
Released: July 18th, 2005 | Label: Metal Fortress | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: VME

01. Downfall
02. Dead Reckoning
03. Multiplied Inhuman Disrupture
04. Clouded Restrainment
05. Brought Within Chains
06. Dead Corner of the Eye
07. World Without Skin
08. Selfless
09. Shadows of the Once Unseen
10. Predators of an Unbound Sea
11. An Everborn

Finally, after a long wait the debut Dead Corner of the Eye from long running Danish death metallers Usipian is here and let me start out by saying they do not disappoint. The band continues from were they left of with their 2003 promo Clouded Restrainment. The music is technical death metal with clear references to bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth and early Gorguts, however Usipian maintain a sound and identity that is their own despite of the obvious similarities. The songs are varied and burst of details that make Dead Corner of the Eye an even more enjoyable effort. Songs like "Multiplied Inhuman Disrupture" with its insane double drumming and the classic Usipian track "Brought Within Chains" appeared among the most worthwhile as well as the short acoustic title track "Dead Corner of the Eye", not to mention "World Without Skin" and "Selfless". Actually the entire album is worthwhile.

It's quite obvious that the band have a flair for writing some very memorable songs that easily can stand several listens without getting worn out. Their ear for details is something that others could learn from. The only thing I don't like too much about Dead Corner of the Eye is the production, but it's only a tiny little detail that doesn't affected the music in major way. It was produced by Konkhra main man Anders Lundemark in his Starstruck Studio along with Usipian guitarist Jeppe Hasseriis and the result is a clear, dry and very hard pumped sound that takes a few listens to get used to. In particular the drums seem a bit too present in the soundscape. With a slightly juicier sound I would have given the album nine out of 10, nevertheless this is not the case, but don't let this fool you as Dead Corner of the Eye is one hell of a debut that leaves very little to be desired. Fans of bands like Morbid Angel and Behemoth shouldn't hesitate in buying Dead Corner of the Eye right away as Usipian are not that different from those bands.

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