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Heavy metal middle schoolers land themselves a record deal

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:25

A trio of middle school boys turn their love for heavy metal music into a record deal with Sony Music. Kathi Urban reports.

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Playing video games and chilling on the sofa. At first these boys don't seem much different from other kids of their age. Whilst in fact they are ... [UPSOT] Because Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins's have just landed themselves a record deal with Sony Music. SOUNDBITE: Alec Atkins, bassist for Unlocking the Truth, saying (English): "It's fun because they are my friends. So I can't imagine doing anything better then playing in a heavy metal band with them." The three middle school boys from New York formed "Unlocking the Truth" two years ago. What started out as an after school activity inspired by their love for heavy metal music has now turned into serious business. The band has already performed to crowds in Times Square, opened for Guns N' Roses and even had their own set at the Coachella music festival in California. They are currently working on their first studio album. SOUNDBITE: Alec Atkins, bassist for Unlocking the Truth, saying (English): "Either me or Malcolm come up with a main riff. And then Jarad comes up with the drums." SOUNDBITE: Malcolm Brickhouse, guitarist for Unlocking the Truth, saying (English): "We make the whole song, then I make up the lyrics." The boys are hoping to enjoy similar success like some of their idols, which include Metallica, Slipknot and Disturbed. SOUNDBITE: Alec Atkins, bassist for Unlocking the Truth, saying (English): "To become one of the biggest heavy metal bands." Next up for the band is a performance at the HEAVY MONTRÉAL festival in Canada on August 9.

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Heavy metal middle schoolers land themselves a record deal

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:25