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AN ENDLESS SPORADIC is an instrumental progressive metal band from Texas. The band is comprised by Zach Kamins (guitar, keyboard, bass) and Andy Gentile (drums).

The band got some attention when they received the opportunity to appear in the videogame Tony Hawk's American Wasteland in-game soundtrack. The song "Sun of Pearl" was featured in the game and was written only through the internet as Andy lives in Los Angeles and Zach in Texas. Another song called "Impulse" was featured as a bonus song in the videogame Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock which was released in 2007.

In March 2008 AN ENDLESS SPORADIC released their debut EP entitled "Ameliorate" which contained their two previously released songs.

Even when Andy plays for the band Stasera and works with Neversoft Entertainment, and Zach lives in Boston where he attends Berklee School of music, they both are still writing music and would eventually record a new album in the near future.

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3.95 | 54 ratings
An Endless Sporadic
2009
3.98 | 19 ratings
Magic Machine
2016

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4.07 | 26 ratings
Ameliorate
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Spaceship Factory
2014
3.00 | 2 ratings
Derpulous
2014
2.50 | 2 ratings
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2015

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 Magic Machine by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 19 ratings

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Magic Machine
An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars The polished, computer-supported cinematic sound of Guitar Hero contributor and Berklee School of Music grad Zach Kamins here finds contributions from more than a dozen well-known professionals. The problem is that I have a little trouble connecting to all of this super-fast-changing music. It sounds like modern compressed, sound byte- oriented music, intended for masses who have attention spans of no more than 20 seconds, not the prog rock that I am used to or comfortable with--much in the same way Jem Godfrey's FROST* project has evolved into compacting 7- and 8-minute songs into four minute blurts. Stylistically, Zach reminds me of ANTHONY PHILLIPS's keyboard work only speeded up to 45 or even 78 rpm. I find no really weak songs, per se, but a lot of disjointed or cheezy/computerized shifts and structures--that is, half the time I feel exactly as if I'm listening to a video game soundtrack--albeit a high quality, highly skilled, complex soundtrack--and the other some nice cinema soundtrack music composed and performed by highly skilled musicians.

1. "The Departure" (5:54) powerful, dynamic, hook-filled opener (is a little fast and sudden in its shifts). (9/10)

2. "Magic Machine" (5:04) opening like an overture to a Broadway musical, employing some very nice transitions and instrumental performances--up to the 1:30 mark when two ridiculously cheesy sounding keyboards take over-- taking us into the Outer Limits. The guitar work starting at 2:50 tries to right the wrongs accrued and the song does play out fairly well. (9/10)

3. "Galactic Tactic" (3:06) playing out like a monster film soundtrack (9/10)

4. "Finding The Falls" (5:35) a delightfully cinematic piece in the vein of ESTRADASPHERE, LEBOWSKI and ATOMIC APE (9/10)

5. "The Assembly" (5:14) another pleasant cinematic song turned on its heels in the fourth minute by "popcorn" like metal turns of events--such a mishmash of moods and styles (7/10)

6. "Agile Descent" (4:15) starts out gently, then gets funky, even jazzy, before going bonkers at 3:35. (7/10)

7. "Sky Run" (8:54) an example of how Zach can create some really good songs if he were to stretch things out over a longer period of time--this despite his typical impatience or intolerance for long, drawn out passages. (9/10)

8. "Through The Fog" (4:19) the first half of this song remains quiet, subtle, and slow--signs of great restraint--but then it all breaks loose into the typical Mario mayhem (8/10)

9. "Sea Voyage" (2:54) whimsy and good mood (8/10)

10. "Impulse II" (4:27) This is the best song on the album but it still sounds like a video soundtrack to me. (10/10)

I'm a little unsettled that this could be the direction of progressive rock music for the future. I am a creature that loves space, pregnant pauses, even silence, stillness, and slow development. I find the quick stop-and-change formats here to be quite unsettling, sometimes unnerving, though, again, I truly appreciate the talent and skill required to both compose and perform these challenging pieces.

A very good, solid four star album.

 Magic Machine by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 19 ratings

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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars

This instrumental Progressive band took 7 years to release this new album after their first album. This time, 13 musicians are playing including Roine Stolt and Jordan Rudess. This release is displaying great musicianship with a huge variety of instruments too long to describe here. The music is covering plenty of musical styles and contains sudden rhythm changes from the fast djent metal to a completely opposite direction of music in a slower tempo, giving to the whole thing a range of moods and instrumentation. We can appreciate the distinctive bass sound of Jonas Reingold. They pushed the envelope a lot more than Haken did in the past in this kind of patchwork music. Zach Karmins must have some fun to put together parts of about 10 styles of music. So I can imagine that a lot of Progressive fans will enjoy this experience too if you can find any cohesion in this work.

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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Grand Master Cuz

4 stars How in the hell has nobody reviewed this yet? Seriously!!! It even features Rudess.... Something needs to change with this site. Anyway, to put it simply, this album sounds like a Camel had sex with a stolen Pineapple in an old theater's elevator during a dream, oh yeah and a bunch of muscular mimes were making noise somewhere in the distance. If you are already a fan of this band, boy are you going to enjoy this. I play dumb little games to this album, I [%*!#] to this album, I sleep to this album. Enjoy.

If you arent... Listen to this album now!!

 An Endless Sporadic by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 54 ratings

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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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.
 Ameliorate by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
4.07 | 26 ratings

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Ameliorate
An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Mr. Mustard

4 stars I have guitar hero to thank for finding this small but great band. (Who said video games are a bad source of progressive rock?) Unfortunately Ameliorate is just an EP and therefore really short, because the compositions on here are really great.

The style of this band is obviously progressive metal but they do have a hint of jazz fusion. The bass is pretty funky and the keys are well up there in the mix. The guitar is still the leading instrument for this type of music which is used for some really crunchy riffs.

The compositions are pretty loose in that they are all over the place. I guess that's a good thing since it gives the album a less serious environment.

There are some moments that are overtaken by excessive noodling, but this is far and in between. Another pet peeve I have is the shoddy production, especially for the drums which sounds like a stick hitting a brick. But otherwise this is a phenomenal EP by a relatively unknown duo.

7/10

 An Endless Sporadic by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.95 | 54 ratings

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An Endless Sporadic
An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Mr. Mustard

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 fusion feel is still here, which is good. They are also able to obtain sort of a lounge feel in songs like 'Shell' and 'Treading Water' due to the nice piano playing.

'From the Blue,' 'Point of No Return,' and 'The Trangular Race Through Space' are the more metal oriented songs.

They also experiment with a more subdued and ambient styles in songs like 'Walking Hours,' 'Subliminal Effect' and 'Beyond the Horizon.' However my favorite song on the album is easily Eternal Bloom, which combines all these styles into a song that progresses beautifully.

It's a shame this album is so short because the music is good it's over in no time. Very strong effort from this dynamic duo.

9/10

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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

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.
 An Endless Sporadic by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2009
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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

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 don´t 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 dont´want to sound too harsh. The CD is quite pleasant and varied. But I can´t 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. I´m looking forward to hear their next works.

 An Endless Sporadic by ENDLESS SPORADIC, AN album cover Studio Album, 2009
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An Endless Sporadic
An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by CHart

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't for the fact that three of their four songs from their stellar "Ameliorate" EP weren't featured on various Guitar Hero games, then this duo of guitar/keyboard virtuoso Zach Kamins and exceptional drummer Andy Gentile would be virtually unknown.

But other prog masters took notice of them: Roine Stolt (needs no introduction) and Jonas Reingold (of The Flower Kings and The Tangent). These two Swedish proggers helped contribute to the album: Stolt produced while Reingold lent his own beautiful jazzy bass talents to the album. The jazzy bass really adds to the sound. After the album was made, Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater called this album and band a "wild progressive ride". Not too shabby.

But still, the band is relatively unknown here on ProgArchives. It is ranked in the Top 25 of 2009 Albums, for God's sake! But it is totally undeserved of its spot...it should be higher.

The album plays like a single song (though it isn't): themes are repeated throughout this ENTIRELY INSTRUMENTAL SUITE. Its styles range from acoustic ("Waking Hours") to jazz without horns ("Shell", "Treading Water"), from beautifully poignant ("Eternal Bloom") to jaggedly heavy ("Point Of No Return", "The Triangular Race Through Space"), from full-blown symphonic prog ("Subliminal Effect") to unbelievable epic conclusion ("Beyond The Horizon"). This album is truly a masterpiece, and it contains the fantastic "Eternal Bloom", which features about 5 different guitar solos.

The only thing about this album is that it's too short (only 33 minutes). It leaves you begging for more. Since the band is on hiatus at the moment, hopefully the wait won't be too short.

This is a prog masterpiece.

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An Endless Sporadic Progressive Metal

Review by Starhammer
Prog Reviewer

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!

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