Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Fuck the Facts, Bongripper, KEN Mode | Mutiny | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Fuck the Facts, Bongripper, KEN Mode 

When: Fri., April 22, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: Free
When I stumbled across KEN Mode (KEN stands for "Kill Everyone Now") in 2008, not long after the release of Mennonite, it was thanks to an automated Facebook recommendation—evidence enough, I think, that this Winnipeg trio weren't getting the attention they deserved. Their Unsane-possessed noise rock boils with vitriol, sure, but it's eloquent in its rage, with an expansive harmonic vocabulary and a sophisticated ear for structure. Since Mennonite came out, KEN Mode have signed with Profound Lore (which is on one of underground metal's great hot streaks) and recorded their fourth full-length, Venerable, with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his infamous GodCity studio—I can't imagine the whole "not enough attention" thing being a problem much longer. "Book of Muscle" opens the album with a crushing rumble of bass and drums, while front man and master riff maker Jesse Matthewson swallows the mike, his vocals a distorted howl of pissed-offedness. Venerable is first and foremost about the bricks-through-your-boss's-window jams, but Matthewson and his brother Shane, the band's drummer, have the technical prowess to keep the ferocity crisp and focused—and the occasional brooding moment, like the eerie instrumental "Flight of the Echo Hawk," adds depth to the power. Judging from the lineup for this show, the Mutiny is gonna be a smoldering crater come Saturday. —Kevin Warwick



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