Season of Mist, French independent label for Metal and Rock

KEN mode (Post-Hardcore Metal)


| More

Latest news: Wed, Feb 06 2019, KEN MODE

Latest release: "Loved"

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

Canadian noise rockers KEN mode have been nominated for a JUNO Award along with label-mates BEYOND CREATION. Read more on the awards and nominees below.


The bands will be vying for the title of Metal/Hard Rock Album of the Year. A full list of nominees in the category are as follows:

  • BEYOND CREATION - Algorythm
  • KEN MODE - Loved
  • CANCERBATS - The Spark That Moves
  • VOIVOD - The Wake

The full list of JUNO categories and nominees can be found HERE.

Speaking about the nomination, KEN mode's Jesse Matthewson said, "It's always a cool feeling to get national mainstream recognition. It's certainly not something we ever thought would happen when we first started playing anti-social outsider music in the first place - no matter how many times it happens to us, it's always mildly surprising (this being our fourth nomination, having won in 2012). It's great being up there with pals BEYOND CREATION + CANCER BATS, and of course the legendary VOIVOD - who we actually made a point of condemning the Canadian music industry for their lack of recognition of back in 2012 when we won the award in its debut year. With the Grammy's seeming to have their first legit lineup of modern metal, it's good to see that Canada is continuing to nominate legit underground music for such an award as well. If we win, we're going to construct a championship belt out of our 2012 and 2019 awards and power-bomb every other Canadian metal band through flaming tables for the rest of the year."

KEN MODE has been nominated for their record Loved,' which is still available in the Season of Mist Shop.

Join KEN MODE on their official Facebook page.



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




  • 19-02-arstidir-self-titled-vertical-banner
  • 19-02-arstidir-sven-vertical-banner
  • 19-02-rotting-christ-vertical-banner
  • 19-02-winswept-vertical-banner
Mp3h Dvdh Videoh Wallpaperh