Season Of Mist is proud to announce the signing of metallic post-hardcore outfit KEN MODE. The Winnipeg, MB, Canada based trio (Jesse Matthewson – guitars/vocals, Shane Matthewson – drums, Andrew Lacour – bass/vocals) recently completed recording their new album Entrench with acclaimed engineer Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, PEARL JAM, THE SWORD). The album will be released on CD and digitally on March 19, 2013 (March 15 in Europe) with the vinyl edition to follow shortly thereafter.
Showcasing 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.”
KEN MODE was recently awarded a Canadian Juno Award – Canada’s version of the Grammy- in the inaugural Heavy Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year category, on the back of their critically acclaimed album, Venerable. Other nominees included DEVIN TOWNSEND and ANVIL.
Regarding the award, Jesse Matthewson commented,
“It’s nice that Canada’s finally waking up to appreciate some of the darker arts…It’s cool that hopefully we’ll start getting more recognition on a grander scale.”
KEN MODE developed a reputation as a devastating live band. They 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, DAUGHTERS, THE ATLAS MOTH, DEAFHEAVEN, GAZA and many more. Additionally, the band has appeared as part of international festivals such as SXSW, Hellfest (France), CMJ and JUNOfest.
KEN MODE also announced a North American tour for March and April with TODAY IS THE DAY, BLACK TUSK, and FIGHT AMP. The full list of dates are on the TOUR PAGE here on TheWeldingRoom.com.