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KEN mode (Post-Hardcore Metal)

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Latest news: Tue, May 10 2016, KEN Mode

Latest release: "Success"

Release date: Mon, Jun 15 2015, US Tue, Jun 16 2015

Canadian post-hardcore outfit KEN mode have premiered a music video for the track "Failing at Fun since 1981", taken off their latest album, 'Success' which can still be ordered here. The video by director David Hall (MISERY INDEX, SKUGGSJÁ, TODAY IS THE DAY, and more) is streaming exclusively at Decibel Magazine.

Regarding the video, KEN mode comment : "We teamed up with the maniac David Hall to create the ultimate corporate statement. I am not sure either of us really know what we are doing anymore. At least we are having fun with it; or not."

KEN mode recorded 'Success' with legendary engineer Steve Albini (NIRVANA, THE JESUS LIZARD, PJ HARVEY) to capture the material in a fully live and analogue session in the band's hometown in November 2014. This set-up brought to fruition the most raw, rock and roll sound this band has ever put forth. The cover and tracklist are shown below.

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  1. Blessed
  2. These Tight Jeans
  3. The Owl
  4. I Just Liked Fire
  5. Management Control
  6. A Passive Disaster
  7. Failing At Fun Since 1981
  8. A Catalog Of Small Disappointments
  9. Dead Actors

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Line-up
Jesse Matthewson: vocals, guitar
Shane Matthewson: drums
Skot Hamilton: bass, vocals

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Biography

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"!

Line-up

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

Releases Season of Mist

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Success

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

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Entrench

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

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