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Latest news: Tue, Aug 14 2018, KEN MODE

Upcoming release: "Loved"

Release date: Fri, Aug 31 2018, US Fri, Aug 31 2018

KEN mode are now streaming the third track taken from their upcoming album, 'Loved', which has been slated for worldwide release on August 31st, 2018. Check out the track at the link below.

“Not Soulmates” is currently being streamed via Consequence of Sound.

Vocalist / guitarist Jesse Matthewson comments on the track: "The main 'chorus' line, I suppose you could call it, "You're going to continue enjoying this mistake with me", was conceived by Scott's wife. This song is about the many complexities of love and the humour that surrounds its entirety - whether people choose to process it or not. It's got riffs you can throw round-house kicks to and is an ode to the Melvins and Zeni Geva."

On further news, the band as announced a European tour in November/December 2018, with BIRDS IN ROW and COILGUNS.

Kenmode eu admat

15 Nov 18 Joué (FR) Temps Machine
16 Nov 18 Orléans (FR) Astrolabe
17 Nov 18 Bordeaux (FR) Void
18 Nov 18 Toulouse (FR) Rex
19 Nov 18 Montpellier (FR) Blacksheep
20 Nov 18 Clermont (FR) Raymond
21 Nov 18 Lausanne (CH) Romandie
22 Nov 18 Besancon (FR) L'Antonnoir
23 Nov 18 Karlsruhe (DE) Die Stadtmitte
24 Nov 18 Gigors (FR) CBGC'S
25 Nov 18 Milano (IT) Magnolia
27 Nov 18 Nantes (FR) Le Ferrailleur
28 Nov 18 Le Havre (FR) Fort de Tourneville
29 Nov 18 Paris (FR) Le Petit Bain
01 Dec 18 London (UK) Macbeth
02 Dec 18 Brussels (BE) Magasin 4

KEN mode have previously released the unnerving cover art of 'Loved', created by Randy Ortiz, which can be viewed together with the album details below.



  1. Doesn't Feel Pain Like He Should
  2. The Illusion Of Dignity
  3. Feathers & Lips
  4. Learning To Be Too Cold
  5. Not Soulmates
  6. Very Small Men
  7. This Is A Love Test
  8. Fractures In Adults
  9. No Gentle Art

‘Loved’ can be pre-ordered at the official Season of Mist shop

Join KEN mode on their official Facebook page.



Kill Everyone Now mode - an ethos legendary Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins would use to describe the band’s state of mind while taking the stage for the endless touring cycle of their genre defying classic album, ‘My War’. This proved to be the psychological foundation / attitude for the project brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson formed in 1999 in their home of Winnipeg, Canada and that would see them spread a manic form of metal and hardcore infused with noise rock for their entire adult lives.

Cutting their teeth in the early aughts with a pair of records ‘Mongrel’ (2003) and ‘Reprisal’ (2006), KEN mode rose from underground notoriety with their JUNO award winning album ‘Venerable’ in 2011. This marked a decided shift for the band, embarking on an unrelenting touring schedule for the following five years with acts such as RUSSIAN CIRCLES, TORCHE, DEAFHEAVEN, KYLESA, REVOCATION and TODAY IS THE DAY, followed up by Season of Mist-released full lengths ’Entrench’ (2013) and ‘Success’ (2015). Those records saw the band hit a multitude of major festivals like SXSW, Hellfest Open Air, CMJ Festival, Pitchfork Festival Chicago, Hopscotch Festival, and Roadburn Festival; and even doing live sessions for renowned institutions such as BBC Radio 1 and Daytrotter.

But burnout was inevitable, and in 2016 KEN mode took a step back to regroup. Core members Shane and Jesse formed their own music business management services company, MKM Management, while bassist Scott Hamilton released records with his other bands ADOLYNE and GREYLIGHT DISTRICT. In 2017 the band began writing with a newfound focus and desire, in the most collaborative effort they have ever put together.

‘Loved’, the band’s brand new vicious full length may be the KEN mode’s quintessential statement of violence and despair made sonic. Drawing from not only the desperate noise and industrial sonics of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the band mixes in the decidedly more extreme tone and presence of death and black metal, expertly captured by Andrew Schneider’s (UNSANE, CAVE IN, DAUGHTERS) sick vision of noise and girth. ‘Loved’ represents yet another pivot point in the group’s sound, a departure from the indie/noise punk focused ‘Success’ album. The group delves deeper and darker than ever before.


Name Instrument
Jesse Matthewson Vocals / Guitar
Shane Matthewson Drums
Skot Hamilton Bass

Releases Season of Mist



General information
: Fri, Aug 31 2018
: Fri, Aug 31 2018
: Noise Metalcore
: SOM486



General information
: Mon, Jun 15 2015
: Tue, Jun 16 2015
: Post-Hardcore Metal
: SOM357
: available



General information
: Fri, Mar 15 2013
: Tue, Mar 19 2013
: Post-Hardcore Metal
: SOM290
: available




Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, Sep 28 2018 CA Winnipeg, MB The Good Will Social Club +Shallow North Dakota
Sat, Sep 29 2018 CA Saskatoon, SK The Black Cat Tavern +Shallow North Dakota
Sun, Sep 30 2018 CA Calgary, AB Palomino +Shallow North Dakota
Sat, Oct 13 2018 US Minneapolis, MN Turf Club + Birds in Row
Sun, Oct 14 2018 US Chicago, IL Live Wire + Birds in Row
Mon, Oct 15 2018 US St. Louis, MO Fubar + Birds in Row
Tue, Oct 16 2018 US Memphis, TN Hi-Tone + Birds in Row
Thu, Oct 18 2018 US Atlanta, GA Basement + Birds in Row
Fri, Oct 19 2018 US Columbia, SC New Brookland Tavern + Birds in Row
Sat, Oct 20 2018 US Falls Church, VA VFW 9279 + Birds in Row
Sun, Oct 21 2018 US Boston, MA Middle East + Birds in Row
Mon, Oct 22 2018 US Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie + Birds in Row
Tue, Oct 23 2018 US Portland, ME Geno's + Birds in Row
Wed, Oct 24 2018 US Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus + Birds in Row
Thu, Oct 25 2018 US Rochester, NY Photo City + Birds in Row
Fri, Oct 26 2018 CA Toronto, ON Bovine Sex Club + Birds in Row
Sat, Oct 27 2018 CA Montreal, QC Turbo Haus + Birds in Row
Sun, Oct 28 2018 CA Qubec City, QC La Source de La Martiniere + Birds in Row
Mon, Oct 29 2018 CA Ottowa, ON House of Targe + Birds in Row
Thu, Nov 15 2018 FR Joué Temps Machine + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Fri, Nov 16 2018 FR Orléans Astrolabe + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sat, Nov 17 2018 FR Bordeaux Void + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sun, Nov 18 2018 FR Toulouse Rex + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Mon, Nov 19 2018 FR Montpellier Blacksheep + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Tue, Nov 20 2018 FR Clermont Raymond + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Wed, Nov 21 2018 CH Lausanne Romandie + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Thu, Nov 22 2018 FR Besancon L'Antonnoir + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Fri, Nov 23 2018 DE Karlsruhe Die Stadtmitte + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sat, Nov 24 2018 FR Gigors CBGC'S + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sun, Nov 25 2018 IT Milano Magnolia + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Tue, Nov 27 2018 FR Nantes Le Ferrailleur + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Wed, Nov 28 2018 FR Le Havre Fort de Tourneville + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Thu, Nov 29 2018 FR Paris Le Petit Bain + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sat, Dec 01 2018 UK London Macbeth + Birds in Row + Coilguns
Sun, Dec 02 2018 BE Brussels Magasin 4 + Birds in Row + Coilguns
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