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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000008II0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1993 release from Los Angeles Metal band Mind Over Four.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William A. M. Thomas on May 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
this is pure heavy metal for all who have a true appreciation of the finest in every genre. in the tradition of judas priest or diamond head, mind over 4 play stripped-down but incredibly powerful metal with real pride and artistic zeal. their lyrics are amazing, conjuring awesome images and invoking extreme emotional states, and the playing... wow!
a californian 4 piece who never got their due (especially in the UK), MO4 were led by stupefying vocal acrobatics and searing guitar work.
Their 1st album doesn't work for me, the 2nd, the goddess, is utterly beautiful but suffers from weak production. but this, half way down, is awesome. produced by mat hyde, it's probably the richest and most diverse true heavy metal album ever (although I haven't heard the one after, empty hands). words can't do it any justice, just do yourself a favour and get a copy. like i said, it's pure heavy metal as it should be: fierce, artistic, emotional, intelligent and devoid of all the silly agression and childish fantasy imagery which blights so much of this genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Brown on April 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I absolutly love this album!!! I got into Mind Over Four when I saw the name on Phil Anselmo's t-shirt on the back cover of Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power CD. I was interested in hearing something Phil liked. Luckily this album was out and I picked it up. It reaks of progressive guitar riffs and extremely unique vocal stylings. there's nothing mainstream about this album. All prog-rockers and metal heads alike should get this album!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wuchak on April 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mind Over Four was an eccentric, undefinable rock/metal/prog/alternative hybrid that self-released their first album in 1983 and closed up shop 12 years later. I own three of their CDs and have heard some of their other songs as well. 1990's THE GODDESS was their magnum opus, an incredible release (see my review for details). HALF WAY DOWN was their follow-up in 1993. It should have propelled them into the spotlight, but it didn't. Despite critical acclaim they remained relatively obscure, before releasing the strange, languishing EMPTY HANDS in '95 and dissolving shortly after (strange and languishing or not, I still appreciate EMPTY HANDS; it's just really weird and atypical).

So why did HALF WAY DOWN, as great as it is, fail to skyrocket the band to stardom? Well, I bought the CD in 1993 and, I have to say, I was initially disappointed. Why? Because it lacked the immediately recognizable hooks of THE GODDESS. The first track is a spoken-word piece and the next three songs are frenetic art-rock pieces with zero conventional catchy moments. It's not until the fifth song that we hear a quality hook, and that's not until the second half of the song and it's only played once (!). The good news is that most of the rest of the songs have overt hooks to grab the listener, but they may be hard to discern at first due to the labyrinthian scope of the album and the unconventional song-structures. BUT, let me hastily add, this is the very thing that makes the album intriguing and keeps you coming back to mine it for more gems. Heck, as of this writing, HALF WAY DOWN is almost twenty years old and I'm STILL listening to it and receiving. In fact, it wasn't until recently that I finally decided to give the lyrics some overdue attention whereupon discovering how well-written and powerful they are.
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Format: Audio CD
I bought this right after it came out based on a review in RIP magazine. At first I didn't know what to make of it, but after about 5 listens, things started to click. I recently listened to it again after about a 3 year hiatus and it just blew me away. This album is very original, great musicianship, lots of variability to the songs and great lyrics and vocals. This is one of those albums that always reveals something new on repeated listens. This is definitely metal, but there are many progressive, hardcore, jazz and alternative elements that really put this is a category by itself. Highly recommended for people looking for something challenging and different.
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