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"[L]ike you've invited Dick Dale to do the music at your bar mitzvah."
NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen
"Hebraic motifs abound in [Rashanim’s] interplay…Hendrix and metal are lurking around in there too, and this mix can be electrifying"
The Village Voice
"Rock-propelled selections of Jewish Middle Eastern, and Israeli folk melodies...original and dynamic."
The New Yorker
"[Rashanim] showcased its grace and versatility...they covered a lot of territory without ever losing their way."
"Rashanim is one of the hottest young bands in the New Jewish Renaissance."
"Jewish and Middle Eastern-influenced tunes...with jazzy improvisations and a rock attitude."
"[Rashanim] expands the palette of traditional Jewish music by incorporating avant jazz leanings into the more characteristic klezmer and Middle Eastern sensibilities."
The Wire (UK)
"[Masada Rock is] remarkable...#3 on the year’s Top 10."
The Jerusalem Post
"Zorn regular Marc Ribot also stops in for two cuts, matching thunderous metal with Madof on 'Bahir' and lilting acoustics on 'Shadrakh.'"
Jambands.com review of Masada Rock
"Scintillating heavy metal, deep blues-rock, far-out fusion, gentle acoustic folk... breathtaking."
Jambase.com review of Masada Rock
Masada Rock: Best of 2005
The Jewish Week
"[In] Rashanim, Zorn has found his ideal match.There's little in the realm of rock, jazz or world music that lies outside the group's collective vocabulary..."
"[A] melding of psychedelic rock and experimental jazz...interspersed [with] almost hidden Middle Eastern and klezmer influences."
"Madof is a powerhouse...both a delicate and a hard-rocking player"
All About Jazz
"[T]he offspring of John McLaughlin, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a Hasidic wedding band."
"At their best, [Rashanim] pulverize Zorn’s melodies with fist pumping punk rock and ... menacing sludge metal worthy of OzzFest."
"[Madof] essays with Jim Hall-like sensitivity alternated with a Hendrixian abandon."
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