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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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Ameliorate
2008

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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

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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
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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.

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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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.

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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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Review by Starhammer
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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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Review by Starhammer
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3 stars Video (games) made the radio star...

The debut EP from two-man instrumental outfit An Endless Sporadic.

The Good: Despite both members being geographically isolated for much of the recording of this release, the music itself is not only incredibly cohesiveness but also great fun to listen too. Three of the four tracks found on the EP have featured on various video game soundtracks, which I guess is appropriate given their style of their music, but it's also important not to pigeonhole An Endless Sporadic as being 'one of those bands' because their compositions are actually incredibly deep and moving... ok so who am I kidding! It's just a load of catchy noodling. But who cares when it sounds great and remains interesting throughout.

The Bad: The production leaves the release sounding a bit hollow at times and the song structure is slightly formulaic.

The Verdict: Definitely worth checking out.

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Review by TimeTable1972

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 away. This is symphonic prog with heavy jazz influences (but still with hints of metal, most notably in great songs like "Point Of No Return" and "The Triangular Race Through Space").

My favorite songs from the album are "Eternal Bloom", "Treading Water", and "Subliminal Effect". The only (small) faults I find in this masterpiece is the fact it is only 33 minutes long and also that the closing song ("Beyond The Horizon") isn't as much a climax as it should be, although it gets the job done.

An Endless Sporadic is an unbelievable album, and along with The Way Up by Metheny, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Romantic Warrior by Return To Forever, is one of the best prog instrumental albums of all time.

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Review by theprogtree

5 stars Ameliorate is the debut EP of An Endless Sporadic. This 18 minute treat was made by Zach Kamins (guitars, keyboards, bass) and Andy Gentile (drums) while they were on opposite ends of the country (Zach at school in Berklee and Andy at work in Hollywood). They wrote each other music across the Internet and eventually this EP came to life. The best song is definitely "The Adventures Of Jabubu" (the only one not to be featured on a video game. It is the one that most foreshadows the path they will take on their self-titled debut album. The rest of the songs are also great, which makes for one of my favorite EP's ever.

Support this band! They are very good!

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Review by theprogtree

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, released in 2008.

For their debut album, the duo of Zach Kamins and Andy Gentile called upon the help of Jonas Reingold and Roine Stolt. In the end, An Endless Sporadic made an album better than anything that The Flower Kings ever accomplished.

The album opens in a relaxing mood with "Waking Hours", which is a nice acoustic song musically stating the main themes of the album. The energetic "From The Blue" follows, and this is a real treat. It is keyboard driven, which is unlike anything on Ameliorate, and features some great, fast-paced melodies. "Point Of No Return" is a decent track, it doesn't really do much for me. The piano-led "Shell" excels and is the best song so far (Reingold adds some great jazzy bass). Following on the jazz sound is "Treading Water", an even better song than "Shell". "Treading Water" features a tight guitar solo that is amazing. It is easily the second best song on the album. Another song that doesn't do that much for me is "The Triangular Race Through Space", which is prog metal.

"Eternal Bloom" is the best song on the album, definitely. The guitars are just so fantastic. Following this is another great song, "Subliminal Effect". Closing out this album in epic fashion is "Beyond The Horizon".

This is truly a great album and makes at least into my TOP 20 ALBUMS OF ALL TIME.

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