Middle-School Metal Band Scores Million-Dollar Record Deal
    • MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

    • Posted by: Matt Howard

    One year ago last month we shared with you the short documentary that told the story of Unlocking the Truth, three pre-teens from Flatbush with a penchant for ear-shredding metal. This weekend it was announced that the three Brooklyn 8th graders — guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins, and drummer Jarad Dawkins — had signed a $1.7 million record deal with Sony.

    The two-album deal lands the young metal trio $60,000 up-front for their first record, and a possible $350,000 advance on their second. The boys will also receive 16-17 percent royalties on their sales once they've exceeded the 250,000 album marker.

    Although we haven't seen Unlocking the Truth since their days busking in Times Square, Malcolm, Alec, and Jarad have been pretty busy little dudes. They played Coachella's main stage during the festival's second weekend this year, have a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, opened for Guns 'N' Roses in Vegas, and will do so for Queens of the Stone Age this upcoming weekend.

    It was also announced that the band landed a book deal with Penguin and a documentary will be made about the group. Until then, check out the mini-doc below, which proves how worthy these three passionate young rockers are of their recent fortune.

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