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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday To-Do: KEN mode

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KEN MODE
8:30 p.m. Vino's $6.


You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round. And it probably doesn't even matter which genre you're talking about. A zydeco band from Anchorage is gonna be tougher than one from San Diego. This is doubly true for noisy metal bands, thus the Canadian maulers in KEN Mode are already two steps ahead of the competition. Lots of bands have been grinding out hybrids of hardcore and metal for years now (Rorschach's "Remain Sedate" and Citizens Arrest's "Colossus" came out 23 years ago!) But KEN Mode brings a particularly deranged intensity to the hardcore/metal table. There's a real misanthropic Unsane/AmRep Records vibe, particularly on the band's new record, "Entrench." The following song names might shed some light on this band's worldview. "Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick," "Secret Vasectomy," "The Terror Pulse," "No; I'm in Control" and "Why Don't You Just Quit?" are just some of the choice titles. Also performing: Virginian blackened doom horde Inter Arma and local heavy post-rock cosmonauts Mainland Divide.

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