Review of LÄDER - Dödsjazz (BRAX 017)

Arrhythmic, super-rhythmic or meta-rhythmic, this Quartet is like Einstürzende Neubauten and Napalm Death simultaneously trying to pound out a conflictive (contradictory?) "Trout Mask Replica" groove - post-jazz beyond Thunderdome.
Läder's music is so sonic it's visual; crank it up and you're in a phobic city of fractured minds and industrial decay. The three tracks on this EP begin and end rather abrupt, almost as if they are mere glimpses of a constant process. But what's left out is as important as what they share. What's going on when I'm not allowed to know?

What's happening in the places they won't let me look? Where are they taking me??? All the uncertainties, all that elusive sense of violent dystopia... Makes me think of Suicide, the New York duo whose classic 1977 debut album is a masterpiece of creeping paranoia.
Music that keeps you alert - just like Läder.
Severely deranged to anyone who demands a hummable tune, a relief to those who thinks music is more than just entertainment to numb your senses with.
The total playing time of "Dödsjazz" (a title that fittingly enough translates into "Death Jazz") is only around fifteen minutes, but rest assured the aural density very well makes up for that. This is urgent music, it's necessary music. You may dislike it, but you can't truthfully deny it.


Review of Live at BRÖTZ (BRAX 021)

With the second Läder release it becomes perfectly clear that they weren't just a one "hit" wonder. Their debut EP "Dödsjazz" set the standards high, and "Live at Brötz" is there to meet them. It also proves that Läder can work up an every bit as amazing ear-wrecking frenzy on stage as in the studio.
A dash of uneasy lyricism is added here to the apocalyptic feel introduced on "Dödsjazz", such as when the music is allowed to Breathe solely through Måns Almered's electronics. With drummer Tommy Larsson sitting in for Bruno Andersen, the music is infused with a different kind of groove, reminiscent of Christian Vander and Magma. A nice touch!
This is some serious out there in there up there down there essential shit!



Review of  "You Have Released the Fucking Fury - NU JÄVLAR!! (BRAX 025)

Some might argue that Läder's musical format is too narrow to hold up on a full length disc. Well, if they had stuck with the hit-and-run efficiency of their previous EPs, it might have been true.

But whereas "Dödsjazz" presented aural Kodak moments of intensity, "You Have Released The Fucking Fury - NU JÄVLAR!!!" lets the listener follow 40 minutes of evolution (albeit segmented into four distinguishable tracks). This does not mean that Läder lose their impact by any stretch, it only means they use their power in a more economical and deceptive way. The extended duration provides Läder with greater elbow room.
They take their time to weave structures, change them, re-evaluate the original idea, change the emphasis and add counter-rhythms. That's one of the most striking new features in Läder's music - the use of more elaborated rhythms.

"You Have Released the Fucking Fury - NU JÄVLAR!!!", which by the way is a quote by Swedish fast-fingered heavy metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, is Läder's most capable and creative work to date. It stands out as one of the most essential releases of 2004 and with it they have reached a point where it is no longer meaningful to drop references to other artists.
Läder have become a relentlessly powerful entity completely in their own right. With "Fury" they have reached world class level.

by Peter Sjöblom (Freelance author)