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Chicago’s Umphrey's McGee enters its second decade together with their hardest, darkest, and most artistically cohesive album to date. The new album hits streets on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009, when Mantis casts another Windy City family into the limelight. Over 2 years in the making, Mantis pushes the envelope in composition, arrangement and group interplay. In an Umphrey’s McGee first, the album offers 100% new material - a drastic change of pace for a band whose typical modus operandi is to work out the material live on-stage before recording studio versions.
Reggie — 1/8/2012 10:56:03 PM
"Wait, I cnanot fathom it being so straightforward."
@Mike — 8/14/2010 12:10:21 PM
"You are not a die-hard Umphrey's fan. If you were, then you would know this: Studio does not = Live. The studio album is sick, and the live performance is even sicker. And you would also know that bands are always changing their style. If you want the same god damn album every time then you're on your own. No one wants the same fucking album over and over again. Get some fucking music IQ . "
steve — 8/19/2009 9:02:07 PM
"mike is garbage, dont listen to him this new ablum is just the shit, i dont even need to talk about it just find out, and forget about mike."
Mike — 3/26/2009 9:19:04 AM
"Andrew, that would be great if this album was actually progressive. Explain to me how the song Mantis, Red Tape, Prophecy Now, Cemetary Walk II, Made to Measure, etc.. are progressive. Seriously, expain to me what makes them progressive. Furthermore, the reason Umphreys has attained fans is by playing the jam music they have been playing for about 10 years. when they make such a drastic change from jam music to bubble gum 80's shit, the real fans will be disappointed. I dont know how I can make it any clearer to you. This album is garbage. Period. "
Andrew — 2/4/2009 4:59:09 PM
"Yeah this goes out to mike your review with your "points" is a load of bullshit. "Releasing an album that contains none of that influence is a slap in the face to any real fan" -Mike ^are you fucking kidding me? They are a progressive rock band. They are not required to put out music that sticks solely to the "jam band" genre. they put out what THEY like and a "real fan" should understand that. things change. this is an excellent album. period."
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