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Sunday, March 20 • 12:00am - 1:00am
KEN Mode

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Winnipeg, Canada's KEN mode are elitist-asshole metallic noise rock with touches of post metal, hardcore, sludge and doom (so they've been told); a product of long, hard winters culminating in a sound that whips, pummels and lacerates its end users like a wicked Manitoba wind. The power trio bares only the essential ingredients necessary to deliver maximum impact and is an exercise in efficiency and ferocity that convincingly illustrates this is the way it should be. The band has been aggressively smearing their filth since 1999 by touring all over Canada, the US and Europe with the likes of Pelican, Daughters, Buried Inside, The End, Gaza, Engineer, Taint, and done various regional dates with Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun, Cursed, Baroness, Bison BC, Propagandhi, These Arms Are Snakes, Despised Icon, etc. March 15, 2010 will see the band unleash its fourth and most devastating work to date; the Godcity/Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Old Man Gloom) produced, West West Side/Alan Douches (Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, High on Fire) mastered "Venerable" via Profound Lore Records. Here's what a few magazines and publications have said about KEN Mode: "This is how I know KEN Mode rule: I saw them play a virtually empty bar about five years ago and still remember that gig like it was yesterday. In this day and age, when half of what hits the stage when I decide to part with my precious time and leave the house doesn’t even register, this is a triumph-and-a-half. Not only do they sound like a raging beast wired on the up-tempo bits 'n' pieces of Unsane's discography, but in the case of much of the new material, KEN mode evoke the brutality of Unsane's Total Destruction and Unsane album covers brought to musical life." - Decibel Magazine "With their debut 'Mongrel' and the stellar follow-up 'Reprisal', Canada's best kept secret established a reputation for perfection jagged, chest-tightening riffs that not only demanded your attention but commanded it as well. Consequently, they have a lot to live up to. Luckily, they've done it again... They've eased up on the straightforward drive 'er home Keelhaul heaviosity, while maintaining the mid-'90's Black Cross punk meets Melvins undertone, and zoned in on the dissonant Kittens country quirks and Botch-flavoured guitar antics that had previously played second fiddle to the spirit of crushing riffage." - Terrorizer Magazine "Winnipeg's KEN Mode have run a tight ship since their inception, resulting in two previous provocative and unforgettable releases. Yet even with the musical muscle showcased on Mongrel and Reprisal, there was still room to grow, to become more comfortable in their warped, artistic anti-rock/metal hybrid, as opposed to being consumed by the youthful tendency to prove themselves. With Mennonite however, we celebrate the power trio's bar mitzvah; they're grown men. Still uncompromising and heavy yet feature a few more laidback — for them — grooves and tracks that grow into the focal point rather than rage from start to finish, Mennonite accomplishes more in one track than even KEN Mode probably thought possible. Incredibly well rounded and gripping, the album rages through thick, drawn-out battles of emotional torment, strikes fast and deadly with two-minute shots of rage, seizes with bastardized pop metal bravado and mesmerizes thanks to the band's relaxed attitude and comfort in their skin." - Exclaim Magazine "I’m not gonna try to demarcate what the hell these three Canucks are capable of in a song, but I’ll say this: (KEN mode) should be ground-zero for you disillusioned souls looking for granite-heavy, solid ‘heavy mental’ that’s as challenging as it is battering." - Metal Maniacs "The daily grind (pun intended) at a school where geometry, heavy metal history and chaos theory are the only courses offered." - Alternative Press "Although it shouldn’t, it always somewhat surprises me that KEN Mode is able to expand on what they’ve already done. However, the fact that they are able to speaks volumes as to just how good this band is. This is noise-rock at its finest, if you haven’t managed to check out KEN Mode yet then you are really missing out." - Built on a weak spot "There are drummers and there are drummers. Then, there are drummers. Ken Mode’s skin basher Shane Matthewson belongs to the latter kind; the ones that organize and gather the masses. The ones that make the difference and are, through skills and gusto, able to elevate the sound of a band from the above par to the outstanding. And kudos to the band too. Quite frankly I wasn’t expecting a three piece to come off as potent as Ken Mode. Guitarist vocalist Jesse Matthewson (is this one musical family or what?) bends his axe in quasi mathematical manners, the riffs are played in Forrest Gump ping-pong speed angularity, shooting off in all directions and...the result is an explosive encounter between post hardcore and noise rock. " Deaf Sparrow Zine

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KEN Mode

Formed in 1999 by Royal Conservatory of Music trained musicians Jesse Matthewson, Shane Matthewson, CA, and long-time friend Darryl Laxdal (bass), the group released several demos from 1999 to 2003, leading to the release of their debut full length Mongrel on Escape Artist Records... Read More →

Sunday March 20, 2011 12:00am - 1:00am CDT

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