By on February 21, 2013



JUNO-Award winning metallic noise rock band KEN mode will unleash their latest album Entrench on March 19, 2013 through NEW DAMAGE RECORDS in Canada. Recently named “Best New Track’ on Pitchfork, the lead track off the new album “The Terror Pulse” is currently streaming here.


Engineered by Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, PEARL JAM, THE SWORD), ‘Entrench’ showcases powerful noise rock influenced by AmRep’s finest (MELVINS, JESUS LIZARD, HELMET), and fortified by an unhealthy dose of modern hardcore intensity (CONVERGE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, EVERY TIME I DIE). ‘Entrench’ further asserts the band’s stance against a stagnant take on rock, metal, and hardcore.


The band issued the following statement: “The only logical way to follow up on the success of our previous album “Venerable”, was to put our noses to the grindstone and top that record in every way possible. With ‘Entrench’, we are convinced we have accomplished this. ‘Entrench’ is our most collaborative effort, and the most creative and sonically diverse album of our entire career. ‘Entrench’ sees us expand in both our handling of dynamics and general song and album craftsmanship; utilizing piano, keyboards, and strings to build on the classic power trio format. For this album, we have also enlisted guest vocal contributions from Dave Verellen (NARROWS, ex-BOTCH) and former DEADGUY/KISS IT GOODBYE vocalist Tim Singer. Both of them add another layer of icing to the metallic-hardcore-noise-rock-whatever-core cake we’ve baked.”


Hailing from Winnipeg, MB, KEN mode made up of Jesse Matthewson (Guitars, Vocals), Shane Matthewson (Drums) and Andrew Lacour (Bass, Vocals) won the Juno Award for “Heavy Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year” in 2012, on the back of their critically acclaimed album, ”Venerable’.
KEN mode has developed a reputation as a devastating live band. The band have cut their teeth by blanketing North America and Europe many times over touring alongside KYLESA, PELICAN, REVOCATION, A LIFE ONCE LOST, CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE and many more. Additionally, the band has appeared as part of international festivals such as SXSW, Hellfest (France), CMJ and JUNOfest

KEN mode has recently announced a full North American tour for March and April with TODAY IS THE DAY, BLACK TUSK, and FIGHT AMP. Canadian Tour Dates are listed below.


ENTRENCH Track listing:

01.  Counter Culture Complex

02.  No; I’m in Control

03.  Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick

04.  The Terror Pulse

05.  The Promises of God

06.  Romeo Must Never Know

07.  Secret Vasectomy

08.  Figure Your Life Out

09.  Daeodon

10.  Why Don’t You Just Quit?

11.  Monomyth


Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates w/Today Is The Day, Black Tusk and Fight Amp:

29 Mar 13         Vancouver, BC         Richshaw Theatre
31 Mar 13         Edmonton, AB          The Pawn Shop     

01 Apr 13         Calgary, AB              Palomino
02 Apr 13         Saskatoon, SK          Amigo’s
04 Apr 13         Winnipeg, MB          Pyramid Cabaret
13 Apr 13         Toronto, ON             Lee’s Palace * w/Keelhaul
14 Apr 13         Montreal, QC            Il Motore * w/Keelhaul
15 Apr 13         Ottawa, ON              Maverick’s * w/Keelhaul

* No Black Tusk



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