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Entrench
     

Entrench

by KEN mode
 

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While it's mostly thought of in more narrative terms, the suspension of disbelief is something that's surprisingly relevant to the world of heavy music, which -- much like horror movies -- allows listeners to dive briefly into the extreme ends of the emotional spectrum without actually needing to run out and make profane sacrifices to dark gods or actually hate their

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While it's mostly thought of in more narrative terms, the suspension of disbelief is something that's surprisingly relevant to the world of heavy music, which -- much like horror movies -- allows listeners to dive briefly into the extreme ends of the emotional spectrum without actually needing to run out and make profane sacrifices to dark gods or actually hate their parents. When it comes to noise rock, though, things can get a bit tricky. With the mundane as the antagonist, it's easy for bands to discover their bark doesn't really match their bite, resulting in a sound that, though plenty aggressive, doesn't really make good on its threats. Fortunately, KEN mode have arrived to put on a clinic in muscular, unfiltered anger with their fifth album, Entrench. While it might not be the heaviest or the lowest-tuned band in noise rock's second wave, the Canadian trio definitely wins the arms race when it comes to intensity, more than earning the Black Flag reference in its name as soon as album opener "Counter Culture Complex" gets rolling with a circle pit-inducing ripper of a track. In terms of sheer sonic violence, it's hard to beat "The Promises of God," which feels like watching a fight turn from an even match into a devastatingly one-sided affair as the song transitions from a droning, high-speed riff to a chugging, atonal gut punch around the 90-second mark. Sure, like most other bands, it's probably safe to assume that KEN mode don't wander around hammering into submission anyone who crosses their path, but given the musical savagery at work on Entrench (especially given the sheer rage and disgust that come through on "Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick"), it's easy to dive into the fantasy that if these guys are in your neighborhood, you might be better off seeking safety in numbers.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2013
Label:
Season Of Mist
UPC:
0822603129021
catalogNumber:
290

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Performance Credits

KEN mode   Primary Artist
David Verellen   Vocals
Michael Scholz   Violin
Jesse Matthewson   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Shane Matthewson   Drums
Tim Singer   Vocals
Andrew Lacour   Bass,Piano,Vocals
Julian Bradford   Double Bass
Adam Dyson   Background Vocals
Natanielle Felicitas   Cello
Carolyn Scholz   Viola

Technical Credits

Matt Bayles   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Turner   Logo
KEN mode   Composer,Producer
Jesse Matthewson   Lyricist
Randy Ortiz   Layout
Chad Tremblay   Composer
Ben Bonner   Sculpture

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