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Customer Reviews

Next Step for UM

Mantis is marbled with multiple textures and flavors, but seems to hold a very dark and paranoid affection. There is a lot going on here and it can seem overwhelming, which is why one may recommend multiple listens. Once the esteem ha really sunk in, you are greeted by another aspect: "these guys are a live band! They are going to play these songs live!" Already imagining how Umphrey's will pull these songs off on the stage has left me sucking my thumb and quivering naked on the bathroom floor. The possibilities seem endless and uncanny. Sweet Jebus.

A Natural Step Forward

Umphrey's continues to be not only the most talented act in their genre, but in my opinion one of the most musically talented young bands gigging today. And thematically this album is a step forward, emphasizing the more serious elements of the band. Very complex arrangements, virtuoistic performances, lyrics centering around pain and struggle, this album is a darker foray into a veteran jam band's minds. Buy it!


You can hear the amount of time and energy these guy's put into this album. Outstanding!!


Formed: 1997 in South Bend, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A jam band coming out of the Midwest in the mid-'90s, Umphrey's McGee edged toward the Frank Zappa side of the improv rock scale, as opposed to the Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band direction of their many contemporaries. The members of Umphrey's McGee met at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The original four bandmembers (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Brendan Bayliss, bassist Ryan Stasik, and drummer Mike Mirro) had been playing in various campus bands when they got together...
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