Season of Mist/New Damage recording artists KEN mode is a JUNO award winning independent metal/hardcore band from Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
The band was formed in 1999 by Royal Conservatory of Music trained musicians Jesse Matthewson and Shane Matthewson, CA, and has been actively touring Canada, the United States and Europe since 2002 with such acts as Torche, Deafheaven, Norma Jean, Kylesa, Pelican, Daughters, Revocation, and Today is the Day, maintaining an unrelenting schedule for the past 4 years. The band is rounded out by ex-Khann guitarist Andrew LaCour on bass/vocals who joined the band in 2011.
Won the inaugural JUNO in 2012 for best Heavy Metal/Hard album of the year for ‘Venerable’ as nominated by the The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
Won the inaugural WCMA in 2013 for best Heavy Metal/Hard album of the year for ‘Entrench’
KEN mode has released five internationally distributed full length albums: Mongrel (2003), Reprisal (2006), Mennonite (2008), the Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Kvelertak) produced Venerable (2011) and the Matt Bayles produced (Mastodon, Botch, Minus the Bear) Entrench (2013).
Venerable and Entrench made several year-end critics lists over the past several years including #1 metal album at Exclaim! Magazine,Pitchfork Media, Stereogum, Loudwire, New Noise, Buzzfeed, Allmusic.com and others.
Has shared the stage with a multitude of gigantic acts as part of SXSW 2011, 2012, and 2013, Hellfest Open Air 2011 in Clisson Franceand Pitchfork Festival Chicago 2013.