Five Questions With KOZEN

We had the chance to ask Toronto based progressive metal band, KOZEN a few questions about their writing style, upcoming shows and more during our Five Questions With segment! Enjoy!

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We’re KOZEN, a really odd progressive metal band officially from Toronto and unofficially from Mississauga, Pickering, Whitby, and Richmond Hill. We’re a band split in half between metal musicians and gospel musicians, and we like shawarma.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Our approach has always been to make high energy rock music that draws on Jazz/Soul/R&B and Gospel music for our harmonic sense. Guitar-wise, we tend to prefer really dense jazz chords over power chords, and we like to modulate out of the key signature as often as it works. Vocally, our emphasis is on melody, but occasionally we’ll use screaming or even more extreme metal growls. You’ll find everything from extreme metal drums, to falsetto, to funky slap bass.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Our musicianship is the first and foremost part of our live show. Having two lead guitarists lends it self to back and forth guitar solo trades, and occasionally we have keyboard leads too. Our stage presence tends to be goofy and lighthearted. Almost every single time we play, someone will approach us afterwards and tell us some variation of “I have no idea what you guys are but it’s cool.”

January 28 – The Atria in Oshawa, ON – with We Were Sharks and Poeta.
March 10 – The Hard Luck Bar in Toronto, ON – with Odd Ones, Hoshi Furu, The Parallax

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?


Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Protest The Hero, Devin Townsend, Polarity, Three Days Grace, Threat Signal, Bryan Adams, Loverboy, Our Lady Peace, Aradhna, Finger Eleven, Romancer, Crown Lands, KINK, Leila Dey, Daniel Caesar, Lightfall, Caves, Kreesha Turner, Londa Larmond, By The Blood, Afterwake, and I mean Drake is pretty cool.

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