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5.0 out of 5 stars Audacious but brilliant
If you read the previous review and chuckled at the NME wannabe phrasings, childish attempt at controversy and dismal spelling then you probably regarded the comments as equally fatuous.
Kaddish is a masterpiece. One which won't be matched since one of the band has since departed this life. A concept album about the holocaust is a pretty audacious thing to attempt...
Published on 17 Sep 2005 by D. J. Innocent

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious & Self Indulgent
This is a sort of rock cum orchestra package that is as unlistenable as it is infuriating. Inaccessable and incomprehensible to the vast majority of people, this self-indulgent experimental epic is maddeningly pompous. Records like this are favoured only by simpering eggheads who consider themselves to be some kind of self-appointed musical intelligenstia. It reeks...
Published on 17 Feb 2005 by Mr. A. J. Bradley


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audacious but brilliant, 17 Sep 2005
This review is from: Kaddish (Audio CD)
If you read the previous review and chuckled at the NME wannabe phrasings, childish attempt at controversy and dismal spelling then you probably regarded the comments as equally fatuous.
Kaddish is a masterpiece. One which won't be matched since one of the band has since departed this life. A concept album about the holocaust is a pretty audacious thing to attempt. Towering Inferno pull it off with a combination of gentle Yiddish and Gypsy folk, brooding classical interludes and frightening Laibach-like industrial phases. It takes a few listens to come to terms with, but pays back the effort with interest. By turns a sad, beautiful and genuinely frightening record, Kaddish is a genuinely moving album that cannot be recommended too highly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars File under Not Commercial, 3 May 2008
This review is from: Kaddish (Audio CD)
With its grim subject matter concerning Jews in Germany as a theme which invokes concentration camps in Germany during WW2 this is pretty frightening stuff like Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.Texts are included in the booklet.
There's a lot been written about this work by others more qualified than me but nobody has reviewed Kaddish-apparantly a Jewish prayeron here
Some one had to do it and somebody did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Overwhelming, 10 Sep 2002
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This review is from: Kaddish (Audio CD)
has any historical occurrence been explored more in the arts of the past 50 years than the Holocaust? It is one of the dominant - if not the defining - features of this century's cultural landscape, and its incomprehensible horror necessitates artistic invention as a vehicle for emotional release.
Towering Inferno's remarkably ambitious Kaddish is so distinct, so innovative, and so powerful that it instantly joins the ranks of the best artistic responses to the Holocaust. This multimedia project serves as a reminder that this wasn't only a Jewish tragedy, but a European one.
The audio portion of the piece, recorded over a three-year period in London and Budapest, centers on prose written and spoken by Hungarian poet Endre Szkarosi. His words draw on prayers (the piece is named after the Jewish prayer for the dead), Nazi sloganeering, and survivor anecdotes. The tone is in turns grave, scarifying, and pleadingly perplexed.
But it's the music composed by Richard Wolfson and Andy Saunders that carries the most weight. Claims that Kaddish represents a new form of music are hyperbolic, and fans of Phillip Glass and Laurie Anderson, among others, will not hear anything alien in the piece. As a technical achievement, though, it stands almost alone, blending and juxtaposing classical structures with folk and rock idioms both sacred and secular, from violin obligatos to Metallica-style power-riffing. Anchoring it all are passages of European folk music, sung gorgeously by Marta Sebestyen, the Hungarian thrush who has spearheaded the revival of Magyar musical traditions with the group Muzsikas. Her tender and sometimes mournful lines provide both earthly grounding and heavenly comfort.
Kaddish is overwhelming - as beautiful as it is terrifying.
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1 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious & Self Indulgent, 17 Feb 2005
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Mr. A. J. Bradley "drrinse" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a sort of rock cum orchestra package that is as unlistenable as it is infuriating. Inaccessable and incomprehensible to the vast majority of people, this self-indulgent experimental epic is maddeningly pompous. Records like this are favoured only by simpering eggheads who consider themselves to be some kind of self-appointed musical intelligenstia. It reeks pretense and looms from your speakers with a stifling gloom. The tracklist reads like a Nathan Barley DJ set and should be enough to set alarm bells ringing. Avoid.
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