The Montreal heavy metal choir has returned from a trip to America’s Got Talent and is taking their voice underground…well, underground. The Growler’s Choir, which calls itself the first and only heavy metal choir in the world, performs Tuesday in the Place-des-Arts metro.
Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., ten members of the group will perform a new song in front of the large stained glass window of the station.
The performance is rightfully sponsored by throat lozenge company Valda, who will film the show and stream it online.
Growler’s Choir has been around for six years, combining metal and experimental music to create original tracks and cover well-known releases. The vocal ensemble was assembled by Montreal composer Pierre-Luc Senécal and gave its first performance – a rendition of “The Dayking” – in 2019.
There are currently 13 band members experimenting with vocal techniques borrowed from metal and throat singing. In June, most of them traveled south of the border to compete in America’s Got Talent. They wowed the jury with a new version of “Toxic” by Britney Spears. While they seemed uncertain at the start of their number, the crowd gave them an enthusiastic standing ovation at the end.
“It was so scary, but I’m all for going to the dark side once in a while,” judge Simon Cowell said of the performance, likening the singers to a choir of demons. Sofia Vergara called them “spectacular and creative”. The episode aired in August.
In early November, the band announced they were the musical force behind a new Rainbow Six video game trailer. With the Growler’s Choir producing sound waves outside of regular concert halls, you’ll likely hear their sound when you least expect it.