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Jarad, Malcolm, and Alec
Unlocking the Truth is a Heavy Metal band from Brooklyn, New York City. They're known for their Improbable Age — they started the band when they were barely 7 and 8, and released their debut album at 14 and 15. They've gotten off to a steady start over the years by playing at various shows and events, including Coachella (notably holding the record for being the youngest act to preform at the festival), Heavy Montreal, and Bonnaroo. Additionally, they've supported acts such as Motörhead, Marilyn Manson, Guns N' Roses, Queens of the Stone Age, and Living Colour.

Their music is a mix of various retro styles, all seamlessly blended together. This includes traditional Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, and (of all things) Nu Metal. The combination actually works, and have gained a following from all camps.


  • Malcolm Brickhouse — Guitar, Vocals
  • Jarad Dawkins — Drums
  • Alec Atkins — Bass


  • Chaos (2016)


  • Black and Nerdy: They give off this vibe, especially since two of the members have glasses.
  • Genre Mashup: A mixture of various retro styles from the '80s and '90s, with some modern touches. A bizarre hodge-podge of trad, speed, thrash, and nu blended with Alternative Rock.
  • Improbable Age: As stated in the description. The three members in the band released their debut album before they were even old enough to drive. Also, as mentioned, they hold the record for being the youngest act to play at Coachella — and they're a metal band!
  • Metal Scream: Malcolm can pull these off rather well.
  • Rock Trio: They were a duo during their early years but became this when Alec Atkins joined.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted. You wouldn't expect three kids barely old enough to be in high school to preform heavy metal.
  • Teen Genius: See Improbable Age.
  • Token Minority: One of the few all-black metal bands.
  • True Companions: They've been preforming together since kids in 2007.