Canadian metallic noise rock band KEN MODE will release its seventh studio album, "Loved", on August 31 through Season Of Mist. A song from the disc, titled "Not Soulmates", can be streamed below.
KEN MODE vocalist/guitarist Jesse Matthewson comments on the track: "The main 'chorus' line, I suppose you could call it, 'You're going to continue enjoying this mistake with me,' was conceived by Scott's wife.
"This song is about the many complexities of love and the humor that surrounds its entirety — whether people choose to process it or not. It's got riffs you can throw round-house kicks to and is an ode to the MELVINS and ZENI GEVA."
"Loved", which follows KEN MODE's critically acclaimed and Juno-nominated 2015 release "Success", represents yet another pivot point in the group's sound. Moving away from the indie/noise-, punk-focused tracks on "Success", "Loved" sees the band delving deeper and darker than ever before, resulting in what may be the group's quintessential statement of violence and despair made sonic.
Drawing from not only the desperate noise and industrial sonics of the '80s and '90s, on "Loved", KEN MODE has mixed in the decidedly more extreme tone and presence of death and black metal, expertly captured by producer Andrew Schneider's (UNSANE, CAVE IN, DAUGHTERS) sick vision of noise and girth.
"We entered writing for this album with one goal in mind — to please the smile," states Matthewson, referring to the album cover piece by the band's longtime collaborator Randy Ortiz.