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KEN Mode (the first word in their name is actually an acronym for "Kill Everyone Now") are a Canadian noise rock band very much in the vein of Keelhaul, Anodyne, Playing Enemy, and other acts on their former label, Escape Artist. Their songs have a deep, rumbling bass sound, brought out on this, their fourth album and first in three years, by producer Kurt Ballou of Converge; the guitars are jagged, combining hardcore-ish riffing with dissonant screeches and bursts of noise; the drumming is tribal and punk at once; and the vocals are a hoarse, panicky bark reminiscent of Converge's Jake Bannon and several hundred other short-haired, tattooed dudes in arty post-hardcore bands. But while they may not be doing anything particularly original, and may indeed serve older listeners as a nostalgic reminder of the days when bands like Botch and Coalesce bestrode the earth, they are very good at what they do, and manage to put a fresh spin on a fairly minimalist (and therefore, one might incorrectly assume, inherently limited) style. So those who miss the floor-punching, bulging-throat-veins style of angular yet stompy post-hardcore that was everywhere between 1998 and 2003 will find this album to be very much their cup of hot black coffee.

Biography

Formed: September, 1999 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Taking their name from a passage in Henry Rollins' memoir Get in the Van, KEN mode (short for Kill Everyone Now) are a Canadian noise rock band hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson, the band's two consistent members (who handle guitar/vocals and drums, respectively), have rounded out their numbers with an illustrious collection of bassists, including Electro Quarterstaff's Drew Johnston, Mares of Thrace's Thérèse Lanz, and Khann's Andrew LaCour (to name a few). With...
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  • $16.90
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 15 March 2011

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