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Empty Hands
Mind Over Four
Empty Hands
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal


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All Artists: Mind Over Four
Title: Empty Hands
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fierce Records
Release Date: 8/15/1995
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090861107147, 090861107123

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Doug Carrion is Ultrahed!
Worgelm | United States | 03/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For their last detectable release - which like all other Mind Over 4 releases sank very quickly into an undeserved budget-bin oblivion - the band is reduced to a three-piece combo, with lead screamer Spike, in particularly amelodic mood here, assuming bass duties. This album is by far the most raw and difficult-to-love of all their releases, and also contains some of their lesser lyrical indulgences, but as all Mind Over 4 releases, it follows its own peculiar muse and rewards the patient listener. There are some undeniable attention-getting masterpieces, including the head-nodding "Quick Bright Things" which occupies a weird space between hip-hop, metal and post-rock, while "Phobos Y Damos" has a strikingly different mix, built around a central guitar mantra and Led-Zeppelin-Ocean-style drum sound. On other tracks the band is free to play loose and psychadelic with the mix. "O'Othham," with its slow vibe and wide-open spaces, reminds me very much of some of the darker moments on their eponymous 1989 album. Only "Rise" hearkens back to the tight, storming progressive-metal of _Half Way Down_. Although long out of print, this is worth seeking out - but give it some time to grow on you. (Of particular note is the fact that a picture of Jason Everman - alternative rock's version of Pete Best - appears in the inside cover in full military garb.)"