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As it does every year, the month of April brought with it Record Store Day. And this year, as you might have heard, Record Store Day’s best-selling item was not a record at all, but a cassette: a lovingly detailed replica of Metallica’s 1982 demo, No Life ‘Til Leather. That was the demo that landed… More »

In our May Premature Evaluation of Deafheaven’s Sunbather, I compared the album to Agalloch’s 2010 LP, Marrow Of The Spirit. In my opinion, Marrow is the best metal album of the millennium (so far), the apotheosis of what had also been, I believed, the best metal year of the millennium (so far) — perhaps a… More »

You know how I’ve been threatening to get weird with this column, to start including late-night performances and whatever other random bits of music-related video that might find their way on this site? This is the week the universe decided to call my bluff, since the one of the best pieces of music-related video, if… More »

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Stream KEN Mode Success (Stereogum Premiere)

The title of KEN Mode's upcoming album, Success, feels at least a little sarcastic. Even to the extent a discordant, abrasive noise/hardcore/metal band can achieve…
Michael Nelson | June 9, 2015 - 10:31 am
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KEN Mode – “Those Tight Jeans”

Winnipeg's KEN Mode were never really a metal band, but on their upcoming Steve Alibi-engineered Success, they've shed all their former metal elements in favor…
Michael Nelson | April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm
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KEN Mode – “Blessed” Video

Wide-eyed Winnipeg noise-rock veterans KEN Mode rose to a new level of international prominence with 2013's Entrench -- their band name is even the substance…
Chris DeVille | March 30, 2015 - 11:08 am

KEN mode – “The Terror Pulse” Video

Winnipeg's KEN mode released one of our favorite metal albums of 2013 -- the career highlight Entrench -- which they toured the fuck out of…
Michael Nelson | March 10, 2014 - 11:48 am

KEN mode – “Secret Vasectomy” Video

The last video released by Winnipeg noise-metal trio KEN mode was legitimately, quite possibly, the most metal video I've ever seen, full of leather-clad warrior…
Michael Nelson | July 29, 2013 - 10:48 am

KEN mode – “Counter Culture Complex” Video

Winnipeg's KEN mode have spent their Q1 basically kicking ass across North America, violently bashing their new longplayer, Entrench, into our cultural consciousness. I've bee…
Michael Nelson | April 4, 2013 - 2:16 pm
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The Black Market: The Month In Metal – February 2013

Welcome to the Black Market, a new space at Stereogum dedicated to talking about and listening to heavy music. By "heavy music" I mean metal,…
Michael Nelson | February 27, 2013 - 1:32 pm
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KEN Mode – “The Promises Of God” (Stereogum Premiere)

Most people respond to success by relaxing a tad. For a noise-saturated metallic hardcore band like Winnipeg's KEN Mode, winning a Juno Award -- Canada'…
Doug Moore | January 29, 2013 - 11:32 am
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Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn't include YOB's Atma because it isn't out until August. It would be way up there. I've also been listening…
brandon | June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am
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SXSW Friday: Featuring James Blake, Odd Future, Esben & The Witch, Jamie Woon, Mount Kimbie

Click on for some thoughts and sights from a very busy Friday in Austin. Tonight's the last night here, so if you need some guidance…
Amrit Singh | March 19, 2011 - 6:04 pm
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32 Must See Bands @ SXSW 2011

Come March every year, the same questions are asked, retreaded thought pieces get pitched: What does it mean to have a music industry festival i…
Stereogum | March 16, 2011 - 9:10 am
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Stream KEN mode Venerable (Stereogum Premiere)

Veteran Winnipeg noise-rock trio KEN mode's Kurt Ballou-produced fourth album Venerable is one of the best records of 2011, bar none. (It's also their best…
brandon | March 8, 2011 - 10:26 am
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