Unlocking The Truth – Middle Schoolers Make Metal History


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I just discovered this new rock band, Unlocking The Truth.

If you’ve been following NHBG for any amount of time, you know I love rock music and I love showcasing young people doing phenomenal things.

So I had to share this band with you. It’s my duty *wink*

Unlocking The Truth caught my eye because they’re talented, they have personality, and they go hard.

But a couple of things set them apart from most mainstream rock bands: They’re black. And, oh yeah, they’re 12- and 13-years-old.

Unlocking The Truth – Rock Band

Alec Atkins (bass), Malcolm Brickhouse (guitar), and Jarad Dawkins (drums) are three young men from Brooklyn and members of the youngest heavy metal act ever signed to a major label (Sony).

They’ve been featured on the New York Times music blog, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.

They’ve opened for megagroups like Guns ‘N Roses and Queens of the Stone Age and are the youngest band to have performed at Coachella.

Unlocking The Truth formed in 2006. Yes, when they were six. They eventually started performing in Times Square and booked their first gig at Amateur Night at the Apollo in 2012.

Unlocking The Truth – Metal Rock Band

The August 4 – August 10 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features the band in a piece titled “Baby Thrashers” in which the boys state they were teased and bullied for liking rock music.

But that didn’t faze them. In the aforementioned New York Times feature Brickhouse insists, “We do metal.”

Atkins agrees:

We want to bring it back to the way it was in the ’80s. We don’t want to switch up our style and do pop or rap.

#yes #hereforit

In the Bloomberg article Dawkins’s mother describes the first time she heard her son’s music:

I thought, ‘Oh, my God. No! He’s going to be demonic. He’s not going to love Jesus anymore.’

Her statement made me chuckle because I remember someone asking me when I was younger if I worshiped the devil because I listened to rock.

Unlocking The Truth - Heavy Metal Band

I’m proud of these young men because they’re following their hearts instead of the crowd. Children (and adults, for that matter) can be cruel. It takes a lot to just be yourself these days.

Unlocking The Truth needs to sell more than 250,000 albums to get beyond their initial first-album advance. I think they can do it. And I’m going to help them.

Maybe you will, too.

You can follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep up with their latest announcements and tour dates on their official website.

And for your listening pleasure, here are two more Unlocking The Truth performances. Enjoy.

Watch Unlocking The Truth – Take Control on YouTube

Watch Unlocking the Truth – The Star Spangled Banner on YouTube

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Candice says:

    I love it! They are so cute. I remember seeing them recently on either ABC or NBC’s nightly news, they did a story about how they began as a group and showcased the parents. I hope they got a chance to perform at AfroPunk14.

    So great to see kids doing something positive in the news, even though I know positive things happen all the time, it’s great to see it in the media.
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    • Yes, it’s a welcome change from the war being waged against our black boys in the media.

      I saw this video on Vimeo where the drummer said they write songs about life and love. I was like, what does a youngin know about love? lol

      They’re working on a documentary now. I’ll post it when it goes live.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Yes! finally a highlight of young black kids doing something positive….and they’re smart!

  3. Annette Jackson says:

    Hi, this is Annette Jackson (co-manager/Malcolm’s mother). Just wanted to say thank you for writing about our boys. When we get reviews like this from people like us, it makes all the hard work worth it even more. I’m really happy for my boys because just like you said, they followed their hearts and did their thing. I swear, once they convinced me they we making their own music, I prayed to God to show me what to do with them and here we are. Thank you again for your support. Annette

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      It’s my pleasure, Annette. I will always support brown boys and girls pursuing a passion.

      Congrats on your baby’s success. When I see them rocking out I just smile from ear to ear. I’ve always wanted to be in a rock band so I’m living vicariously through them.

      I was really hoping to catch them this weekend at The Troubadour but I have to work. Ugh. I bought a ticket anyway, though, to show my support.

      Black metal fans, as you know, are hard to find. But we’re out here. Please let your boys know we’re behind them and think they’re awesome.

      Thanks for dropping by and I wish you and the band continued success.

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