Unlocking the Truth, metal band formed by middle-schoolers, gets Sony record deal

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A metal band composed of three eighth-graders has just gotten a record deal from Sony.

The band, called Unlocking the Truth and formed by Malcolm Brickhouse, Alec Atkins and Jarad Dawkins signed with Sony for two albums, with the possibility of another four later.

Created in Brooklyn, New York, the band was originally formed by guitarist Brickhouse, who is now 13, and drummer Dawkins who is 12. Eventually realizing a bass player would add to the band, they invited their long-time best friend Atkins to join, despite the fact that he had never played the bass before according to the band's website.

Since then, the band has played a variety of exciting venues, with an appearance at Coachella, and touring the country with the Vans Warped Tour, the New York Daily News reports.

This deal is the next exciting thing on their docket. The trio received $60,000 advance from Sony for their first recording, and if the label should choose to support the boys through all six of their potential albums then the group has a chance of earning $1.7 million.

Speaking of the deal, Jarad’s mother Tabatha Dawkins said, “It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon. What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another.”

Here is the band performing in Times Square:

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