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KEN mode (Post-Hardcore Metal)


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Latest news: Thu, Mar 12 2015, KEN MODE

Latest release: "Entrench"

Release date: Fri, Mar 15 2013, US Tue, Mar 19 2013

KEN mode have announced a new European tour this April. The Winnipeg power-trio will embark on their road-trip with Swiss post-hardcore act Cortez on April 1st in Fribourg. The Canadians will perform additional shows in Paris, Glasgow and London end of April and beginning of May. For a list of all shows including two US performances at the renowned SXSW festival please see below.

Ken mode admat eu 2015

US festival shows
19 Mar 15 Austin, TX (US) SXSW @ Dirty Dog (Metal Injection Showcase)
20 Mar 15 Austin, TX (US ) SXSW @ tba

European shows with Cortez
01 Apr 15 Fribourg (CH) Fri-Son
02 Apr 15 Lyon (FR) Sonic
03 Apr 15 Frankfurt (DE) Elfer Club
04 Apr 15 Delemont (CH) Sas
05 Apr 15 Ceské Budejovice (CZ) Velbloud
06 Apr 15 Praha (CZ) 007
08 Apr 15 Geneva (CH) Usine
09 Apr 15 Tilburg (NL) Roadburn Festival
10 Apr 15 Rouen (FR) L'Oreille Qui Traine
11 Apr 15 Winterthur (CH) Gaswerk

Additional European dates
29 May 15 Paris (FR) OTB Festival
31 May 15 Glasgow (UK) Audio
01 Jun 15 London (UK) Macbeth


KEN mode have already revealed the title of their next full-length, which will go under the heading of 'Success'. The Canadian power-trio recorded their new album with Steve Albini (HIGH ON FIRE, NEUROSIS, NIRVANA, HELMET). The album was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

'Success' will be graced with art by the band's long time collaborator Randy Ortiz, and feature guest performances by Eugene Robinson (OXBOW) and members of FULL OF HELL. Some early song titles include: "Blessed", "Absolutely Not", "Failing at Fun Since 1981", "Dead Actors", "A Catalog of Small Disappointments", "Management Control", "A Passive Disaster", and "I Just Liked Fire". The band will premiere a multitude of new material on their current European tour.

Frontman Jesse Matthewson describes his upcoming work as being "a decidedly stripped down northern noise rock apocalypse to be unleashed on the world. Time to take this back to our roots."

KEN mode have released a trailer for 'Success', which can be viewed here.

Ken mode studio

KEN mode will be delivering new material live, but are also still touring in support of their latest critically acclaimed album 'Entrench', which was released in March 2013 and was nominated for the Canadian Juno and Polaris awards. It can still be ordered in various formats including collector's vinyl in different colours through the Season of Mist shop and is streaming in full here.

KEN mode issued a lyric video for their stunning track "The Terror Pulse", which can be viewed here.

Tracklist and cover art of the previous album 'Entrench' can be viewed below.



  1. Counter Culture Complex
  2. No; I’m In Control
  3. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
  4. The Terror Pulse
  5. The Promises of God
  6. Romeo Must Never Know
  7. Secret Vasectomy
  8. Figure Your Life Out
  9. Daeodon
  10. Why Don’t You Just Quit?
  11. Monomyth


The heartbeat of any modern metropolis, its anger, aggression and urgency echo through "Entrench". With full-length number five, KEN mode honour their noisier roots delving deep into fertile metallic Post-Hardcore severity, while offering their most creative and sonically diverse album yet. KEN mode was formed in 1999 by Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music trained musicians Jesse Matthewson and brother Shane Matthewson who were then joined by Darryl Laxdal on bass. Their band name was based on a quote of Henry Rollins and the acronym stands for "Kill Everyone Now". After releasing several demos during the next four years, their debut album "Mongrel" (2003) created a strong buzz that opened doors for touring and shows with THE END, MASTODON, BURNT BY THE SUN, PELICAN and THE DREAM IS DEAD among others. Follow-up "Reprisal" (2006) confirmed KEN mode as a new powerhouse of their genre. Laxdal parted ways with the band and was first replaced by Drew Johnston (ELECTRO QUARTERSTAFF) and later Jahmeel Russell (HIDE YOUR DAUGHTERS), who recorded third album "Mennonite" (2008) with them. This release saw the band embark on a European tour with Welsh rockers TAINT, for which Chad Tremblay had meanwhile taken over bass duties. KEN mode's next album "Venerable" (2011) was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge and the trio hit the road again with GAZA, BURIED INSIDE and later A LIFE ONCE LOST among others as well as returning to Europe with then label-mates KYLESA and CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE. Critical acclaim had gained a level that witnessed "Venerable" winning the inaugural Heavy Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year Juno Award in Canada and a nomination for Rock Album of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. KEN mode were ready for the next big step in their career and recorded and mixed "Entrench" with Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, BOTCH). Get ready for a massive punch in your face from KEN mode and "Entrench"!


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

Releases Season of Mist



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




Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Wed, Apr 01 2015 CH Fribourg Fri-Son +Cortez
Thu, Apr 02 2015 FR Lyon Sonic +Cortez
Fri, Apr 03 2015 DE Frankfurt Elfer Club +Cortez
Sat, Apr 04 2015 CH Delemont Sas +Cortez
Sun, Apr 05 2015 CZ Ceské Budejovice Velbloud +Cortez
Mon, Apr 06 2015 CZ Praha 007 +Cortez
Wed, Apr 08 2015 CH Geneva Usine +Cortez
Thu, Apr 09 2015 NL Tilburg Roadburn Festival +Cortez
Fri, Apr 10 2015 FR Rouen L'Oreille Qui Traine +Cortez
Sat, Apr 11 2015 CH Winterthur Gaswerk +Cortez
Fri, May 29 2015 FR Paris OTB Festival
Sun, May 31 2015 UK Glasgow Audio
Mon, Jun 01 2015 UK London Macbeth
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