KEN Mode | ‘Entrench’
The thrill of that rare rush – given only by music that genuinely blisters with passion and aggression. The genre never matters. You just know when a band means it.
Ken Mode mean it like fuck.
This record is literally bursting at the seams, bursting with fury, aggression, talent and sweat.
‘Entrench’ literally steams with the stage heat that this has somehow packed into a jewel case.
‘Counter Culture Complex’ kicks it all off with a furious all over the place riff that opens out into a beautifully melancholy chorus.
The veritable feast of Botch / Dillinger / Burnt By The Sun titles are matched by the quality of their organic, pounding noisecore. ‘No; I’m In Control’ has a bass undertow that sounds like slurry while vocalist Jesse Mathewson utterly kills with his caustic vocals.
‘Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick’ thrashes its limbs around in absolute tantrums of anger. As ever, the band always know when to open it out, and the upsum is a conclusion that’s a joyous riot.
And so it goes with the rest of the album. I didnt realise these guys were so well established. Indeed I’d never heard of them until a fortnight ago. These Canadians are just super at what they do, and they do it in the most punishing and authentic way possible.
There’s a ton of Burnt By The Sun in here, and perhaps a bit of Will Haven at points as well, and maybe some Unsane influences.
I just cant credit it enough. It’s the sound of guys pushing past their pain barriers and laying down music that’s as natural and powerful as the anger it’s challenging. Could there honestly be any greater calling in making underground music?
Get this at once, no matter what your genre tastes are. It transcends them with its focused violence and unmitigated irritation.
5/5 – Earl Grey ::: 04/02/13