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Taking their name from a passage in Henry Rollins' memoir Get in the Van, KEN mode (short for Kill Everyone Now) are a Canadian noise rock band hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Brothers Jesse and Shane Matthewson, the band's two consistent members (who handle guitar/vocals and drums, respectively), have rounded out their numbers with an illustrious collection of bassists, including Electro Quarterstaff's Drew Johnston, Mares of Thrace's Thérèse Lanz, and Khann's Andrew LaCour (to name a few). With a punishing metallic sound, the band expands on the solid foundation laid down by AmRep titans like the Jesus Lizard and Unsane, harnessing those bands' sense of aggression and agitation while considerably upping the intensity. KEN mode made their full-length debut in 2003 with Mongrel, released by Escape Artist, which would also go on to release their sophomore effort, Reprisal, in 2006. A self-released third album, Mennonite, followed in 2008. Two years later, KEN mode hooked up with influential metal label Profound Lore, which released their fourth album, Venerable. The album would prove to be a breakthrough for KEN mode, who earned the first-ever Juno in the heavy metal category. Their fifth album, Entrench, arrived in 2013 on Season of Mist. The same label released the group's Steve Albini-recorded fifth album, Success, in 2015. ~ Gregory Heaney
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  2.   Tent Caterpillar
  3.   No; I'm in Control
  4.   The Irate Lumberjack
  5.   Likeliness Is Against You
  6.   Secret Vasectomy
  7.   Batholith
  8.   I Simply Am Not There
  9.   The Owl...
  10.   Daeodon
  11.   Counter Culture Complex
  12.   Words Not to Say to the Queen
  13.   Failing at Fun Since 1981
  14.   Proditio
  15.   Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
  16.   Never Was
  17.   Brainstem Pitch Fork
  18.   Turned Out
  19.   A Wicked Pike
  20.   Bite the Wax Tadpole
  21.   Capricorn
  22.   Supposed Sexual Frustration
  23.   Lethe
  24.   The Ugliest Happy You've Ever Seen
  25.   Looks Like a Failure
  26.   Greeting Bedlam
  27.   I Just Liked Fire
  28.   Blessed
  29.   Tiger Comet
  30.   When the Car Crashes
  31.   The Musk Ox
  32.   A Passive Disaster
  33.   A Catalog of Small Disappointments
  34.   Hibernation Has Never Been a Better Option
  35.   Seul
  36.   The Book of Muscle
  37.   Figure Your Life Out
  38.   The Promises of God
  39.   Why Don't You Just Quit?
  40.   Ahriman
  41.   Mako Shark
  42.   The Terror Pulse
  43.   Monomyth
  44.   Dead Actors
  45.   The Hammer Party
  46.   These Tight Jeans
  47.   Terrify the Animals
  48.   Matlock
  49.   Romeo Must Never Know
  50.   Obeying the Iron Will...
  51.   Flight of the Echo Hawk
  52.   Management Control

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