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3.96 | 64 ratings | 15 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Waking Hours (2:22)
2. From the Blue (2:55)
3. Point of No Return (2:16)
4. Shell (3:05)
5. Treading Water (4:00)
6. The Triangular Race Through Space (4:58)
7. Eternal Bloom (6:22)
8. Subliminal Effect (3:43)
9. Beyond the Horizon (3:19)

Total Time 33:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Zach Kamins / guitars, keyboards
- Andy Gentile / drums

- Jonas Reingold / bass, fretless bass
- Roine Stolt / producing & mixing

Releases information

CD Yellow Wagon Music ‎(2009, US)

Digital album

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AN ENDLESS SPORADIC An Endless Sporadic ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (16%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Starhammer
3 stars More Sporadic, far from Endless...

Ever since hearing the song Impulse I have been a big fan of this band and followed them closely. After playing their debut EP almost to death I was very happy to hear of this eponymous release, although at just 33 minutes in length it still isn't enough!

The Good: There are several noticeable improvements here over their previous outing, most importantly is the feeling of structure! Whilst I really enjoyed every track on "Ameriolate", they also appeared to be an exercise in trying to pack as many notes from as many instruments as possible into an impossibly short time. It would seem that they have now proved their point that yes they are phenomenal musicians, and have moved onto writing more meaningful compositions. Don't get me wrong, the virtuoso indulgence is still there but spread out tastefully in a more refined style.

This album also has a single stand-out track which completely blew me away, something which the EP lacked. That track is Eternal Bloom and is flawless from start to finish.

An Endless Sporadic are labelled on this site as progressive metal but there is also a lot more variation here than on "Ameriolate". In fact I would go as far as to say that the overall sound is closer to jazz/fusion with metal elements.

The Bad: The production still needs a bit of work, especially the drums. It's a shame really that such excellent music does not sound as good as it should. The overall release also has a somewhat unfinished feel to it. Whilst there are genuinely no weak tracks, the length of the album leaves many musical ideas 'underdeveloped', which can lead to the feeling that you're listening to a series of samplers or previews.

The Verdict: A step in the right direction for this band. If they manage to achieve a solid mix and a few more stand-out tracks on their next record, then we could be in for a treat!

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Interesting. This new american prog metal duo is much praised here. And certainly their are good, have talent and potential. However, I found the songs here a little too much on the tentative side of things for my taste, with a couple of exceptions. The mix of metal, symphonic rock and jazzrock/fusion is very good, and certainly this duo has both the chops and the songwriting knack for writing good, cathy melodies. So I donīt really understand why the songs are so short. the longest track is only 6 minutes, while the others stay around the 3 minute mark. For an instrumental album, this is quite short. They could have explore the themes a lot more. It seems they are still writing for video games.

I dontīwant to sound too harsh. The CD is quite pleasant and varied. But I canīt see why 5 stars ratings are poping out already. For me at least, they have a long way before getting such status. Highlights are Eternal Bloom and the last track, the very dreamy and beautiful Beyond The Horizon (again, like most of the other cuts in here, cut short too soon).

Rating: 3.5 stars. Promising. Iīm looking forward to hear their next works.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars An Endless Sporatic is an instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion band from USA with only 2 members guitarist/keyboard player Zach Kamins & drummer Andy Gentile, but aswell they are helped by famous already bass player from The Flower KIngs, Karmakanic, etc - Jones Reingold. Another important musicin from progressive rock relam handling the production of this album no other then Roine Stilt. The music has diffrent moods, from more energic and up tempo moments who are the best btw like on From the Blue and The Triangular Race Through Space to a more releaxed passages like the opening track or Shell who are less intrsting for me. The musicianship is top notch but I think the album suffers in great ideas, I mean this kind of jazz fusion metal I've heared before on LTE albums, 7 for 4, Gordian Knot and others alike. Not bad that is for sure, but the spicey moments are not present here to really knock me off, even this type of music is in my area of intrest for long time. Groovy bass lines, great guitar, good druming overall, the musicians play with an amazing ease, but something is missing to give more then 3 stars. Good album but nothing more. I see that this kind of music got lot of praise lately on diffrent progressive pages and with some work maybe they will come in the future with something more grandious.
Review by TCat
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4 stars This is a short album just over 33 minutes long, but it is packed full of great instrumental progressive music which is varied in texture, sound and style. It is a very good collection of jazz fusion instrumentals. The band is listed as a Progressive Metal act, and there are some short bursts that approach a slight progressive metal sound, but in this album, they have advanced to a huge variety of sounds, so the real style here is closer to a Rock/Jazz fusion. Some passages are surprisingly well orchestrated and beautifully executed. From mellow and expansive ballads to hard, fast and technical jams, this album has all sorts of styles and sounds. The tracks each have a lot of progressive elements such as changing meters which are anything but standard. The shortcoming of the album is in the shortness of the tracks and the overall album. Because of this, the songs are underdeveloped. But what you have here is a collection of mature and well executed instrumentals that at times become quite complex. The variety is awesome and it never gets boring, so this music would be easy to expand on without worrying about overstaying it's welcome. This is great music that deserves a 4 star rating, and with some more development of the songs, this could have easily been a masterpiece.

Latest members reviews

4 stars An Endless Sporadic's first full album is very similar to their EP, but this time they've slowed down and took some time to perfect these songs. They also improved on the production greatly so that I'm no longer listening to stick-hitting-a-brick drums. The progressive metal riffs and jazz fusio ... (read more)

Report this review (#786956) | Posted by Mr. Mustard | Thursday, July 12, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The album An Endless Sporadic certainly deserves to be discussed within the "Top Prog Albums Of 2009" conversation. They have made something out of seemingly nothing: two friends who kept musically in touch via the Internet, and then got together in California to make a prog band. If it wasn ... (read more)

Report this review (#540614) | Posted by CHart | Sunday, October 2, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars An Endless Sporadic are an amazing instrumental prog duo that does not get the attention it deserves. This is very true, as evidenced by their self-titled album, a masterpiece that has only 17 reviews! This is not prog metal, as progarchives classifies it as, so purist prog fans don't be scared awa ... (read more)

Report this review (#446825) | Posted by TimeTable1972 | Thursday, May 12, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I was instantly hooked on AES ever since I heard the fantastic song "Impulse" on Guitar Hero II. Then another good song "Anything" was featured on another Guitar Hero game, along with "Sun Of Pearl" on Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. These songs, plus another one, made the great Ameliorate EP, rel ... (read more)

Report this review (#445394) | Posted by theprogtree | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Here is a good surprise ! An instrumental music by a progressive metal band, which does not sound very much metal (good or bad ?... good for me). The musical themes are different from what is out there, giving this CD an original room in the prog world. It is very easy to listen to, with lot ... (read more)

Report this review (#431049) | Posted by Progdaybay | Monday, April 11, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An Endless Sporadic - An Endless Sporadic - 8/10 An Endless Sporadic are a quite little known (despite appearing in Guitar Hero) band. In my opinion one of the most unfairly overlooked bands around. They released a fantastic EP called "Ameliorate", with a handful of fantastic tracks (Sun of ... (read more)

Report this review (#423196) | Posted by Nathaniel607 | Saturday, March 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Okay, I will admit that I am in love with this album, so I'll start by breaking it down by song to avoid ranting. "Waking Hours" - A more ambient track which slowly fades and builds, swelling into the main theme and becoming more and more busy instrumentally. Sound effects such as chirping ... (read more)

Report this review (#410624) | Posted by HyperDashSC2 | Thursday, March 3, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars As the band's first album, I was really surprised at the upgrade from the EP. Probably the best thing about it was the repition of musical themes that held it together. If that was not present, the two and three minute songs would have been a detriment. (I'm no fan of short songs) Also, the f ... (read more)

Report this review (#291835) | Posted by KingX | Saturday, July 24, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars An Endless Sporadic had previously made a good EP ("Ameliorate", 2008). It consisted of just 4 tracks, but not a bad one in the bunch. For An Endless Sporadic's proper debut they decided to call on the help of fellow prog musicians. Roine Stolt and Jonas Reingold were up for the task of helpi ... (read more)

Report this review (#278596) | Posted by BrownsFan | Monday, April 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Instant classic! An Endless Sporadic is absolutely one of the best release this year. I'm not sure that Progressive Metal is the right category to put in. I personally think it sounds leaning toward Symphonic (and a bit Neo-Prog.) This album is very fun, energetic and creative instrumental pr ... (read more)

Report this review (#255785) | Posted by Jadittir | Saturday, December 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "An Endless Sporadic" is certainly one of the best prog albums of 2009, and in my mind, it is truly a masterpiece. In short, it is a brilliantly written, brilliantly performed mesh of eclectic prog and a little bit of metal. The composing and arranging quality has greatly improved from that o ... (read more)

Report this review (#254288) | Posted by myhandsarefree | Friday, December 4, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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