Venerable strikes an abrupt balance between noisy dissonance, forcefully natural shouts, and sludgy riffage. Kurt Ballou's production job even does a nice job at highlighting this album's various strengths whilst evading the one or two roadblocks that are thankfully nigh-absent. KEN mode is a band you just can't ever overlook and - once you've heard at least one track off this record - I implore you to travel through the rest.
I still fail to hear metalcore when listening to this band. I've been a KEN Mode fan since I heard reprisal back in 2006. My closest comparison to this band sound wise is Unsane or Capsule or some more chaotic noise rock. Either way, this album is amazing and I recommend it. Along with their entire back catalog. Catch a live show too if you can.
Another top album produced by Kurt Ballou–what can we say, the guy keeps busy. Venerable is what happens when you let a metal band borne in a sea of noise go crazy. Finally escaping the Mastodon comparisons that plagued their early records, Venerable is as loud and disorienting as it is groovy, and tracks like “The Irate Jumbuck” and “Mako Shark” are downright spine-crushing. Venerable is masterfully precise, frequently angular and always pissed off, three reasons on a list of many of why you need to check this out.