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

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