Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of metallic post-hardcore outfit KEN MODE! The Canada based trio recently completed recording their new album Entrench with acclaimed engineer Matt Bayles (MASTODON, ISIS, PEARL JAM, THE SWORD) and will unleash it on March 15 (March 19 in North America).
Here is the cover:
The band commented on the new union,
“KEN mode is proud to be forming an alliance with a label with as heavy hitting and as creatively diverse a roster as Season of Mist”
“As (mostly) Canadians, we are excited to take this opportunity to put our 9th grade level French skills to use, particularly in our communications with the SoM head office. We are also excited to visit the Season of Mist US headquarters in Philadelphia where no doubt the staff will present us with the most extravagantly cheesed Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. As newly anointed cultural treasures of Canada, we look forward to the awards and accolades we are no doubt to receive through our international partnership with Season of Mist.”
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, frontman 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 announced a full North American tour for March and April with TODAY IS THE DAY, BLACK TUSK, and FIGHT AMP.
Click the TOUR DATES page above to view confirmed dates.
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