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Teen Metal Band Plans To Publish Book After Signing Sony Album Deal

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7-21-2014 3-40-53 PM

A teen metal band recently landed a $1.7 million album deal with Sony, and now plans to release a book next year. They already made history as the youngest band to perform at Coachella, but now the trio has been signed by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers to publish a book chronicling their “path to success.”

The upcoming book will be written with Charisse Jones, who co-wrote the memoir from American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland called “Life in Motion.”

Guitarist Malcolm, and lifelong friend and bassist for the band, Jared Dawkins, formed Unlocking the Truth in 2007. The pair then recruited third member Alec Atkins to join the group, teaching him how to play drums from scratch.

The two 13-year-old and the 12-year-old boys have earned recognition by playing various gigs around the region and as the opening act for Guns N’ Roses at the Vans Warped Tour in Las Vegas.

Unlocking the Truth is already part of the lineup for the 2014 Warped Tour, and will be performing at the Heavy Montreal Festival next month, where headliners include Metallica and Slayer.

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)