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KEN mode (Post-Hardcore Metal)


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Latest news: Wed, Mar 13 2019, KEN MODE

Latest release: "Loved"

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

Canadian noise rockers KEN mode will be embarking on a North American tour this spring. The full list of tour dates is presented below.


KEN mode Tour Dates:
03/16: London, ON @ Richmond Tavern (JUNOfest)
04/20: Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre (Manitoba Metal Fest)
05.21: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
05.22: Edmonton, AB @ Starlight
05/24: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre (Modified Ghost Festival)
05.29: Portland, OR @ High Water Mark
05/30: Seattle, WA @ Barboza (Northwest Terror Fest)
06.01: Boise, ID @ Bump HQ
06.02: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Ct
06.03: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

Additionally, KEN mode have been nominated for a JUNO Award in the Metal/Hard Rock Album of the Year category. KEN mode previously won the JUNO in 2012, and have a total of four nominations under their belt.KEN mode will be touring in support of their JUNO-nominated album, 'Loved,' which was released in August 2018 via Season of Mist. The record is still available in the Season of Mist shop.

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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
: available



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
Tue, May 21 2019 US Regina, SK The Exchange
Wed, May 22 2019 CA Edmonton, AB Starlight
Fri, May 24 2019 CA Vancouver, BC Modified Ghost Festival
Wed, May 29 2019 US Portland, OR High Water Mark
Thu, May 30 2019 US Seattle, WA Northwest Terror Fest
Sat, Jun 01 2019 US Boise, ID Bump HQ
Sun, Jun 02 2019 US Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Ct
Mon, Jun 03 2019 US Denver, CO Hi Dive
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