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In less than a month one of the most exciting Australian heavy metal releases in years will hit the shelves – and I’m not talking about a new AC/DC album. The documentary Metal Down Under: A History of Australian Heavy Metal will be released on DVD – and it looks like it’ll be amazing. Metal fan and filmmaker Nick Calpakdjian took two years to travel this wide land to interview more than 40 people in the know including metal musicians, fans and metal media. Metal documentaries have become more prolific in recent years and it’s fantastic to know we’ll have a voice of our own on the global stage when it comes to Australian heavy metal history and culture.
From past to present, the New York Post has reported metal teenage band Unlocking the Truth has signed a $1.7 million deal with Sony after a YouTube video of them playing in Times Square went viral with 1.5 million views. The band consists of thirteen-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse (guitars) and Alec Atkins (bass) and twelve-year-old Jarad Dawkins (drums). Since the YouTube videos the kids have gone on to open for other bands and join the bill on some music festivals. The deal isn’t as black and white as the headline suggests. Basically, the band needs to sell 250,000 copies of their first album to see any cash which, in ARIA terms, means they’ll have to sell more than that Triple Platinum (210,000 sales) album Guy Sebastian released here. Unlocking the Truth has a massive job on their hands, so all the best to them.
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Written by Paul S Taylor
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