13 Year Old Metal Band, Unlocking the Truth, Signs With Sony

Band signs two album deal with major label.

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Some time ago, a documentary about Unlocking The Truth, a band of pre-teen African-American metal lovers from Brooklyn went viral, with many people being struck by the passion and raw talent of the young group. Now, it has been revealed that Unlocking the Truth has signed a two album deal with Sony Records.

AsĀ Blabbermouth reports, the group is set to receive $60,000 to record the first disc and possibly as much as $325,000 for the second CD. Sony also has an option to release four more albums from Unlocking the Truth that could push the label's financial investment to around $1.7 million ($325,000 for the second album, $400,000 for the third, $450,000 for the fourth and $550,000 for the fifth).

The band has recently played Coachella festival as well as supporting Guns N' Roses. They've also gained some celebrity fans including Sepultura frontman Derrick Green:

"When I was growing up, there weren't a lot of black kids listening to metal music or hardcore music," he said. "I would get harassed by other black people and questioned all the time about why I liked this style of music and why was I trying to be white. I was told that black people didn't listen to this style of music. Even back then, it sounded just as ignorant as it does now. I didn't hate them for their stupidity, but it only pushed me to be where I'm at today...

"Kids can do anything. If they believe in something strong enough and have the passion and drive, yes."

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    Aryan Death Man
    this genuinely inspiring and intriguing.Let's hope they don't get caught up in the 'fame' and keep the metal passion alive.
    Pssh. You should be worried that they are going to get exploited and treated like crap. Knowing the way the metal community shits on everything that is not in their comfort zone, they will drive these kids to hell the same way that they did to Black Tide. But do they care about their feelings? Hell no, just play the same type of music we like.
    I love these kinds of stories until they sign to a major label. Kind of like that band Black Tide. Those kids had so much potential
    Man, their shit's nice and doomy. When I was 13, I was barely mastering Enter Sandman. Kudos to these kids.
    "We write love songs about relationships we dealt with..." YOU'RE THIRTEEN! What happened? Did she steal the last cookie? Your favourite ice cream flavour? What?
    I think this is all good with them playing good music, but as you said, wtf are they talking about?
    Not all relationships are sexual and between a guy and girl(or whichever way you swing). Maybe they had a nasty relationship with someone in the family.
    Here they were 12, 12, and 11 years old (drummer):
    Damn for 12 they're killing it. I wish I was that good at 12, who knows where I'd be today at 21. Especially the drummer, that kid is better than any non professional drummer I've ever met.
    The boys are making good music, and even more, they have stage charisma. I expect great things from them in the future. I'm really impressed, I played in my first band when I was 15 and we sucked. Unlocking The Truth are awesome.
    I saw these guys at Coachella this year and they SLAYED. They got the crowd doing a full circle pit on request, metal as f$#k.
    These kids are an inspiration. Very intelligent & very talented. I look forward to hearing more about these guys.
    The Spoon
    I think if these kids stick with it, they're going to be great in a couple of years. But right now, I feel like being offered a million dollar record deal turns them into a gimmick. The only thing that is interesting about them is how young they are, and that they have a million dollar record deal... otherwise the music is not great at all. But I suppose they'll make connections in the industry that they can use when they are older. Hopefully they won't be in mountains of debt to their label. EDIT: Just watched a recent performance from them opening for GlassJaw. Damn...just give these kids a few years and they're going to be really good.
    On a side note, I truly do hope that they continue to improve and find success in the future, it's just impossible for me to see this as anything more than a fad that will die as quickly as it was born.
    How is this more a fad than any other crapoy metal band. Metal died 20+ years ago but some crappy metal band always manages to convince you tools to buy into their terrible concept. If these kids are performing at this level at 12/13 and they mature they could potentially do something to revolution this lousey genre.
    Anyone who claims metal or music in general is worse now just isn't listening to the right music. Just because the shit that hits the front page sucks doesn't mean you can't dig deeper and find some truly good music. And yeah, these kids could potentially be great, but they won't get there if they think they don't have to keep practicing and progressing because **** it, we already have a million dollar record deal!
    First of all UG is not breaking this story. I read an article about them last week. And in that article it claimed it was a 5 record deal not 2. So you believe if they bomb on their first record or 2 that Sony will agree to keep paying them for the next 5 records. Or that if they blow up some other company won't buy out their pretty lousy contract.If they remain a trio. And do 5 records. They will make less then 570k a piece of record sales. And that's before taxes,managers cut, and any other expenses they occur. Idk why all the haters are freaking out about this measely contract.
    So there has been no good metal released post 1994? None? Septicflesh, Machine Head, Trivium, Iced Earth, Exodus, Protest the Hero, Epica, Lamb of God, Dream Theater, and such have all released great albums in the time SINCE THEN. If you are looking for new metal bands (not nu) there are still tons of upcoming bands. The future is as bright as it has ever been, UNLESS you ignore the underground. Metal has always been at its best when underground. Thrash metal was not a mainstream genre in 80s. It gained some popularity near the end of the 80s and early 90s, but at the same time all the big thrash bands changed their sound away from pure thrash. Metal is best as an underground genre. So yes, the metal lives on.
    I was going to say the same thing and not to detract from kids having a good time and learning how to play music ....but...they are mediocre at best....right now.....much better stuff on youtube from even younger musicians.....
    God damn it. So, let's be honest here. We're going to strip their age from the conversation. What do we have left to talk about other than sloppy playing, repetitive riffs, and crap song structure? Not much it seems. So, inserting the age back into the conversation, we still have all those things, but now it's all a little more okay, understandable at least. That being said, shoveling thousands of dollars at these kids right now, while their music is still mediocre at best and they are FAR from being particularly skilled with their instruments, is nothing but detrimental to their progress as musicians. All this teaches them is that they're the shit right now, and they don't need to improve. Pump more of this out and everyone will love it. And I am fully convinced that no one actually loves their music, they're just in love with the idea of little african american kids playing something heavy. And that'll last about five minutes, i promise.
    Yes, you nailed it. Sad to say that them being black is the only reason they got that deal. There are countless young bands on youtube that are equal or better than this. But, to their credit...they didn't give a f**k and just took the money. Who cares why the record company did it. Ha.
    Look at these sad losers upset that a couple of black kids from New York half their age got a record deal over them. Grow up.
    Yeah let's be honest here. These kids obviously enjoy and probably have a passion for music. Now that they are going to be paid a whopping $20k each before taxes they will probably never practice again. Never try to grow as musicians. And will just be a bunch of overhyped sloppy players the rest of their lives... The hate and jealousy is strong on this site.
    Well for me, I think it's awesome to see 3 young metal heads playing in Times Square and getting their name out there. If they stay true to the music, not let the fame and money go to their head, the sky is the limit.