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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

KEN mode is a Juno award winning noise rock influenced metallic hardcore band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada that was formed in Sept, 1999.

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.

Several tours followed with the likes of Relapse Records’ The End ,Sulaco and American Heritage in addition to regional dates with Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun, Anodyne, Pelican, Harkonen, Breather Resist, The Dream is Dead, Psyopus, Daughters, and Buried Inside across the Midwestern and East Coast United States, and throughout Canada. In 2004 Laxdal left the band, only to rejoin in 2005 to finish the band’s follow-up record Reprisal, released in 2006 on CD by Escape Artist Records, and on double-LP by No List Records. After the recording of Reprisal Laxdal and the band parted ways again.Picking up bass duties after Laxdal’s departure was Drew Johnston (guitarist in Electro Quarterstaff) who also played with Jesse, Shane and Darryl in Hide Your Daughters.

In October 2006 the band took part in the “Exclaim! Magazine Aggressive Tendencies Tour” with Pelican and Daughters across Canada. Bass duties were handled by former Kittens and Projektor member Jahmeel Russell who also played with Jesse, Shane and Drew in Hide Your Daughters.


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  • mofeta

    yes, new album is different, but it's not awful. do you want your favorite band to kepe releasing the same album over and over?

    21 Jul 4:41pm Reply
  • Vietmam


    14 Jul 8:52pm Reply
  • amilee

    Jimsonisolation, what the hell is wrong with you? Why do you have such butthurt?

    12 Jul 8:28am Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    Aye, man.

    7 Jul 6:10pm Reply
  • Ayiman

    this is the most stripped down I've ever heard them, so I really don't know where "riffy af" is coming from. it isn't heavy, either. it isn't supposed to be. bands like kittens, hammerhead or tar didn't kick ass because they were swinging the low-end around.

    3 Jul 10:58pm Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    Riffy as fuck? Did you never hear Mennonite, Reprisal, or Venerable?

    2 Jul 5:00pm Reply
  • cryptic-death

    success is their heaviest album to date, riffy af too

    27 Jun 12:34am Reply
  • DonCappuccino

    Success is not ''good'', it's fucking ''great''!

    19 Jun 8:49pm Reply
  • moderaterock

    not 'good'

    19 Jun 1:13pm Reply
  • Asphyz

    Yea, Success is pretty bad.

    19 Jun 6:05am Reply
  • RipeCadaver

    I don't care much about heaviness as I listen to all types of music. But after the first complete listen it still hasn't got to me. Though I will give it more spins surely.

    16 Jun 1:16pm Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    It's merely my bullshit opinion, man, you might hate it and find it lacking. I just don't get the "wah no HeAvY" comments from people.

    16 Jun 10:40am Reply
  • RipeCadaver

    V If that. I'll check it out. Wasn't going to dismiss it without listening properly entirely. Looking forward.

    16 Jun 9:15am Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    I am implying that save for Neurosis and Bloodlet, his recording style isn't "heavy" nothing is missing from Success, it is, well...A Success.

    15 Jun 11:26pm Reply
  • moderaterock

    Another comment about missing the heavy KEN Mode. I can't help myself.

    15 Jun 10:50am Reply
  • RipeCadaver

    @Jimsonisolation, Steve Albini has produced this album I know. I might have heard some other music he has worked on but I don't see what you're implying.

    12 Jun 5:25pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    @RipeCadaver Got the same feel.

    11 Jun 8:34pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    The new album is pretty cool

    11 Jun 3:28am Reply
  • Jimsonisolation

    Have you never heard an Albini record, man?

    10 Jun 12:32pm Reply
  • RipeCadaver

    V VV, You two serious? Listening to the album streaming it seems so silly and devoid of the aggression and inspiration of their previous albums.

    9 Jun 3:40pm Reply
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