KEN mode vocalist Jesse Matthewson screams, “No! I’m in control!” like he’s trying to convince himself, you and maybe God, whose promises Matthewson calls into question a few tracks later. As documented on the Winnipeg trio’s recent Entrench, it’s an existential power struggle set to wildly violent music.
Of course, there’s also a song called “Secret Vasectomy” whose video features children maniacally scribbling with crayons, so the ascendant metal/hardcore hybrid isn’t entirely yuk-free.
After myriad primo opening slots, they’ll return to Columbus to headline Kobo this Sunday alongside Rosetta, Lo-Pan and The Black Antler. Chyea, it’s gonna be a good one.