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AMELIORATE

An Endless Sporadic

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3.89 | 30 ratings | 8 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Anything (4:49)
2. Impulse (4:25)
3. Sun of Pearl (5:06)
4. The Adventures of Jabubu (3:48)

Line-up / Musicians

- Zach Kamins / Guitar, Bass, Keys, toys
- Andy Gentile / Drums, toys, noise

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Self Released

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3.89
(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (20%)
20%
Collectors/fans only (10%)
10%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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AN ENDLESS SPORADIC Ameliorate reviews


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Review by Starhammer
PROG REVIEWER
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.

Review by TCat
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This is the debut release from this amazing duo that originally wrote music together across a distance and shared it over the internet. Their music has been featured in many video games, in fact 3 of the 4 tracks on this EP are from video games. it is fast moving music, and it is also very complicated, ever changing and ever challenging. It is quite technical as far as the playing goes. The tracks on this EP are quite short, never over 5 minutes, but they would explore more on their future albums.

The band itself is quite unknown, at least at the beginning. They did gain popularity when one of their songs was featured on the Guitar Hero game. They were able to get several fans from that exposure, and the fact that their music is quite difficult to play, even on the game.

The tracks have plenty of dynamic changes, mostly loud, but finding time to include quieter passages from time to time. But nothing remains still or in one place for too long. So, with the excellent playing, where does this EP suffer? Mostly from production, which since this is self released, is not the best, especially for what is demanded from this type of music. The other drawback is that the music changes so much in each track that none of the individual songs have any personality that stands out from the others. There is a lot of sameness in the music.

In my mind, the only thing that really stands out is the track "Sun of Pearl", but that is because I recognize the melody from somewhere, possibly in a game I've played somewhere, and the piano and funky breaks in the song give variation on the melody and gives it a really nice vibe. It always returns to fast drumming and showing off on guitar after each break, but there is always that feeling of hurry and get to the next section. I love the variation they put on the main theme though. Great song, but with a little work, it could be quite amazing. "The Adventures of Jabubu" is the only track not featured on any game. It has a good jazz vibe to it, almost like an Alan Holdsworth tune, but they don't give it much time to develop.

Overall, it seems like they are trying to fit an album's worth of material in 18 minutes. Everything rushes by at breakneck speed. What was needed here was more time to develop ideas and better production. With development, there would have been more variety here. Also, you can't usually expect the best production when a band handles everything on their own, but with a startup band, they did the best they could. This would improve on future albums. However, this is still a fun EP which is over way to quickly. The playing is quite phenomenal and the potential is very apparent. Lovers of Prog Metal should check them out, but be advised that most of their music is instrumental, and every track here is also instrumental.

Latest members reviews

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 me ... (read more)

Report this review (#786957) | Posted by Mr. Mustard | Thursday, July 12, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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 th ... (read more)

Report this review (#445959) | Posted by theprogtree | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I have been one of the biggest fans of AES out there ever since Tony Hawk's American Wasteland hit the shops. Then there was a period of time where I forgot about them. When they were resurrected again in Guitar Hero III, I could keep my eyes off them no longer. And then the band appeared in ... (read more)

Report this review (#237201) | Posted by BrownsFan | Friday, September 4, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars What an amazing piece of work by an amazing band! These guys are great artists and very creative, and it definitely shows! In a song such as Impulse, you can hear many different styles of music coming out. I'm not even sure myself what genre of music I'd classify them as, but it's definitely p ... (read more)

Report this review (#220317) | Posted by Airp0w | Monday, June 8, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This short EP is a great addition to any fan of modern progressive rock's collection. There are four songs each with its own identity and a different way of experimentation, so there really isn't a way to describe the album as a whole. This shows that modern progressive rock bands can still be ... (read more)

Report this review (#218087) | Posted by topofsm | Sunday, May 24, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ameliorate: 4 songs that appeared in so many video games like "Guitar Hero: World Tour", "Tony Hawk's American Wasteland" and "Guitar Hero 3", making them so famous. These two guys are very talented (one of them graduated from Berklee College of Music) and the songs have very interesting riffs ... (read more)

Report this review (#212631) | Posted by richard.zado | Monday, April 27, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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