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Middle School Metal Band Unlocking the Truth on Record Deal, Anime Inspirations

"You don't see 13-year-old African-Americans playing metal," says guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse. "I followed my dreams and this is where I am now"

Last month, eighth-grade metal trio Unlocking the Truth proved that one is never too young to rock hard after the band landed a $1.7 million recording contract with Sony. Fuse caught up with the middle schoolers to talk everything from the deal to their upcoming album and where their metal roots sprouted from.

"I realized that if we want to become big rock stars we have to get a record deal," says guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, of the group's signing. "It was a dream come true. I remember when me and [drummer] Jarad were in the basement when we were younger, we used to perform by ourselves in the mirror and act like we were actually famous. [With] the Sony contract, we feel like the dreams we had when we were younger are actually coming to life now. It's really amazing."

Those dreams include seeing their album, which the guys hope to have out by the end of the year, go gold or platinum.

But where did the Brooklyn tweens get their taste for metal? "Me and Jarad used to watch Japanese animated shows and wrestling, and the background music was metal," adds Malcolm. "We heard it a lot and that was music we liked."

And while the boys are half (or sometimes a quarter!) of the age of their metal peers, they bring a sagacious mission statement. "Our main message is to tell the fans that no matter who you are, what you look like or what nationality, that you can do whatever you want to do," Malcom says. "Don't let other people tell you that you can't do it ... You don't see 13-year-old African-Americans playing metal and they're this popular. I just followed my dreams and this is where I am now."

Watch the full interview to get the guys' thoughts on playing with Metallica and much more. The boys added that we can expect a single from them soon.

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