An Endless Sporadic
An Endless Sporadic


3.5
great

Review

by Aziz STAFF
January 24th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A strong album from 'arguably the most progressive two-man show the world has ever seen.'

Anyone who has really played through Guitar Hero III can attest to the beauty of the song “Impulse”. The song that was as sonically pleasing as it was challenging and fun to play, “Impulse” left many rummaging through CDs at their local store searching for anything by this intriguing band they could get their hands on. An Endless Sporadic seemed to have so much variety in that one four minute song that the world wanted to know what else they could do. In 2008 they released their debut EP Ameliorate, a four song effort that showcased more of the heavy riffing and technical prowess of arguably the most progressive two-man show the world has ever seen.

To quell the demands of listeners with obscenely high expectations of the band, An Endless Sporadic delivered their eponymous debut album. Ameliorate‘s riff oriented music and awesome instrumentation took a step to the left on the An Endless Sporadic, being replaced for the most part by melodic piano and atmospheric jazz. The maelstrom of influences that we got a taste of in “Impulse” and the rest of the EP are still present; but are much less prevalent, shining through rarely and being called upon much more sparingly.

The album begins with a soft acoustic guitar line over the chirping of birds. The jazzy bass sets a mellow tone that proves to be an important motif of the album. Melodic piano and electric guitar chime in towards the end of the song, and it segues perfectly into “From the Blue”, which opens with a catchy keyboard riff. The song showcases exactly what An Endless Sporadic are known for: multiple riffs that are each as catchy as the one that led into it. Completing this three-song suite is a chugging breakdown reminiscent of the one found at the end of Opeth’s “Deliverance”.

“Shell” opens with a soft piano and orchestral backdrop. Once again the Opeth influence can be found - this particular song drawing on “Damnation”. The drums and bass slowly build in intensity and eventually set into a jazzy rhythm. Neglecting the guitar, “Shell” is very much a post-rock offering, and a standout track. By far the best track on the album is “The Triangular Race Through Space”, a true throwback to the band that we had our first encounter with. The first guitar driven song, the “Race” provides a technically astounding riff and another breakdown riff. But just as soon as it got out of it, the album gets right back into a smooth pace with the flamenco styled “Eternal Bloom” and keeps relaxed for the rest of the album.

Though the album flows almost entirely like a jazz or post-rock composition, An Endless Sporadic really has yet to demarcate its genre. An Endless Sporadic is completely different from Ameliorate, but it’s still just as strong as the EP at what it chooses to do. The band continues to draw upon a huge variety of influences and integrates them all so well into their offering that it’s impossible to write it off as boring merely because it lacks the intensity and technicality of its predecessor. It may not have enough soloing, but from this we can see that the boys are focused more on the music they are making and not their own personal agendas. Every instrument (except maybe the guitar) plays a strong role well and the result is an excellent album that, while never pretentious, still shows us what the band is capable of. And this is enough for me to say that I will meet their next album with alacrity.



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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This one felt so much better than my others. I think I've found a way to write reviews that works for me. I'll definitely be churning out more reviews now. In fact I'll probably do another today or tomorrow.

With regards to the recommendations, if you have ever liked any of those bands or this band, you will like the others. Simple as that. Even if you don't like this album as much, you should still like the others. Sweet plug to another one of my reviews as well :D

Oh, and thanks for reading!

elephantREVOLUTION
January 24th 2010


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. I've been waiting for someone to review this since it came out.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!

I was actually really surprised that no one had reviewed it yet. And I'm even more surprised that there are only 7 ratings on the album...

pizzamachine
January 25th 2010


12572 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am *loving* this album - instant euphoria! I'm checking out the albums you recommended!

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey awesome! Good to see a new fan :D

prthatrocks
January 25th 2010


1 Comments


If you want to read other reviews of the new "An Endless Sporadic" CD, please check out
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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah bro I'm perfectly content with my own review.

Thanks though.

botb
March 26th 2010


9780 Comments


i need to hear this

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it s awesome. though i havent put it on in months

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I too haven't listened to it in some time, but it is very good. I like Ameliorate better though.

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listened to it just now. its epic prog without hte pretentious lyrics to bring it down

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

or the pretentious wanking solos

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new dream theater is lame. jogn petrucci shuld stop soloing so much. endless sporadic write catchier songs too. james labrie is pretty lame these days

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah once they hit the new millennium it all went downhill, tbh

Urinetrouble
March 26th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i stopped at octavarium

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New album was pretty good; less masturbation and more of a focus on songwriting.

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really?ill check it outz

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A'ight lemme know what'chu thankkk

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010


6201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bruh

Urinetrouble
March 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i saw that kkk

killer kids of killerado



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