KEN mode - NULL
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Based on 5 reviews
2022 Ratings: #101 / 615
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Based on 58 ratings
2022 Ratings: #53
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One of the most underrated bands that I listen to is KEN mode, a group that effortlessly blends elements from noise rock, post-hardcore, sludge metal and no wave to make what could be categorized as "noise hardcore", and on their eighth album, their most terrifying side takes over, creating their most dissonant and opressive record to date.

If Loved focused more on dark and terrific atmospheres than most of their discography, NULL explores that sound even more, with more emphasis on ... read more


A Love Letter - 4/5
Throw Your Phone in the River - 4/5
The Tie - 3/5
But They Respect My Tactics - 4/5
Not My Fault - 4/5
Lost Grip - 3/5
The Desperate Search for an Enemy - 4/5
Unresponsive - 4/5


I'll make one thing clear, I like this album a lot. The mix of hard-core and noise rock is pummeling and so intense when it clicks. The opening track goes so hard it struggles to achieve that massive power again over it's runtime. Objectively though, some of the songs fall a bit instrumentally flat when compared to a triumph like Chat Pile's effort. It could grow on me, but for now it's a project I love but again objectively I can't put the score in the stratosphere for it's shortcomings. For ... read more

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Added on: June 10, 2022