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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.   Proditio
  3.   Capricorn
  4.   Romeo Must Never Know
  5.   Ahriman
  6.   The Irate Lumberjack
  7.   Greeting Bedlam
  8.   Management Control
  9.   Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
  10.   Tent Caterpillar
  11.   When the Car Crashes
  12.   Mako Shark
  13.   Bite the Wax Tadpole
  14.   Monomyth
  15.   The Promises of God
  16.   The Ugliest Happy You've Ever Seen
  17.   The Musk Ox
  18.   Never Was
  19.   Turned Out
  20.   A Passive Disaster
  21.   Obeying the Iron Will...
  22.   Terrify the Animals
  23.   Matlock
  24.   Looks Like a Failure
  25.   Hibernation Has Never Been a Better Option
  26.   Words Not to Say to the Queen
  27.   Counter Culture Complex
  28.   I Simply Am Not There
  29.   Likeliness Is Against You
  30.   These Tight Jeans
  31.   Seul
  32.   Lethe
  33.   The Book of Muscle
  34.   The Owl...
  35.   I Just Liked Fire
  36.   A Wicked Pike
  37.   Tiger Comet
  38.   Failing at Fun Since 1981
  39.   Blessed
  40.   Why Don't You Just Quit?
  41.   The Hammer Party
  42.   The Terror Pulse
  43.   Dead Actors
  44.   Brainstem Pitch Fork
  45.   Figure Your Life Out
  46.   Supposed Sexual Frustration
  47.   Daeodon
  48.   Batholith
  49.   No; I'm in Control
  50.   A Catalog of Small Disappointments
  51.   Secret Vasectomy
  52.   Flight of the Echo Hawk

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