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Montreal, QC – August 19, 2020
For fans of Cancer Bats, Every Time I Die, AlexisOnFire, Gallows, Knocked Loose, Underoath
Montreal’s Junkowl Shares Their Societal Anger In “Sickness Lives” Music Video
Video Premiere via MetalInjection
Debut Album “Making Out With My Death” Out Now!
L-R – Dominic Labrie – Drums, Jesse Frechette – Vocals, Marco Larosa – Guitar, Samuel Matte- Bass
Photo Credit – Alexandre Guay
Oozing with rock n roll vibes, Junkowl is coming for ya out of Montreal, QC, Canada. The 2019 “En Route To Heavy Montreal Champions” are a slick combination of stoner riffs, hardcore energy, and groovy bass, who recently released their debut album “Making Out With My Death” this past June.
As a whole, Junkowl‘s debut album“Making Out With My Death” is a slow dark ride. Heavy riffs; big dirty bass lines, in your face drums and gut-wrenching screams telling tales of self-loathing, confusion, and intoxication. This is a solid album, something to enjoy with a few beers, smoke a joint, and bang your head off for 30 minutes.
With the state of the current world of Covid days and societal ills, Junkowl is unveiling their new music video “Sickness Lives” via its premiere on MetalInjection HERE.
Vocalist Jesse Frechette adds:
“We had a lot of fun shooting this video. It’s our second time working with Dark Moon Productions, and we’re really stoked to share this one. We chose the song ‘Sickness Lives’ because we found it really fit with the times. The track is about living in a sick society ruled by greed, and turning to drugs and alcohol to try and escape that reality… but now with everything going on in the world, I’m sure people will interpret it differently and we’re okay with that.”
Previous Music Video “Crawling Up My Feet” HERE.
2. Quarantine Us All (2:27)
3. Shake Me
4. Dead Hooker (4:40)
5. Little Scum (4:54)
6. Crawling Up My Feet (3:46)
7. Sickness Lives
8. Relapse (3:39
10. 10,000 Vultures
Album Length: 37:28
Jesse Frechette – Vocals
Dominic Labrie – Drums
Samuel Matte- Bass
Marco Larosa – Guitar
Heavy, sexy, and southern. Those are the best words to describe Montreal’s Junkowl.
Formed in 2017, their unique blend of groove metal, stoner, and hardcore is matched with high energy ‘in your face’ performances. A year earlier Jesse Frechette (vocals) met Dom Labrie (drums) and after a few jams they picked up Marco Larosa (guitar) and Samuel Matte (bass) and the rest is history. The writing process is a collaborative one, with melodies and vocals usually forming on the spot.
Moving through the underground music scene, Junkowl quickly made a name for themselves when they won the 2019 ‘En Route Vers Heavy Montreal’; a competition between nearly 200 bands, landing them a spot at that year’s edition of renowned metal festival Heavy Montreal.
On June 5th, 2020, they will release their debut album, “Making Out With My Death”, a 10 track record full of sultry and powerful songs about past regrets and self-destructive behaviour. It includes the band’s favourite “10,000 Vultures”, the first song Junkowl ever wrote, which was completed after the first jam together. Almost all the lyrics were freestyle during that jam.
With no sign of slowing down, Junkowl has more tunes in the works and pouring passion into their live performances and newly recorded tunes. Stay tuned for party animal blues; fat spliffs and heavy riffs.
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“The dirty, fat Stoner Sludge Metal riff of “Snakecharmer” is one designed to be accompanied by a beer and the gut-wrenching roar of “blow your brains out, blow my brains out” that brings it to it to its unnatural conclusion will no doubt be chanted by audiences across all lands as the band hit the road.” – Metal Noise“Montreal hardcore rock n rollers Junkowl have released their new single ‘Quarantine Us All’, a slick combination of stoner riffs, hardcore energy, and groove metal.
It’s ferocious and relentless from the offset, even when it veers out of hardcore territory and into the sludgier moments. It even has some technical moments, although they certainly borrow heavily from their influences (namely Every Time I Die and Cancer Bats) it is a banger in it’s own right, and given some time to breathe and develop I think this band could bring something monumental to the table.” – Backseat Mafia““Quarantine Us All” – Montreal’s southern rock infused metallers JUNKOWL drop new venomous track” – Idioteq
“the group combines very heavy stoner riffs with the energy of punk rock and hardcore. A group to discover absolutely.” – Mad Breizh
“stoner-like riffs, a bit of a hardcore sound overall.. cool edge to it too.” – Moshtpit Radio – WORT FM 89.9 (Madison, WI)
“Junkowl’s debut album Making Out With My Death is a powerful first offering from the independent hard rock band. Its musical arrangements join influences from a variety of bands that make the songs in themselves and from one to the next, powerful just from this aspect. The record’s lyrical themes are just as heavy as its musical content, as noted. Its sequencing puts the finishing touch to its presentation. Each noted item is important in its own way. All things considered, they make the album a work that bodes well for Junkowl’s future.” – Phil’s Picks