Jun 18, 2013

Bullied Preteens Shatter Stereotypes, Find Solace in Metal

Move over BabyMetal and make room for some real music fans.

11-year-old Jarad Dawkins and 12-year-old Malcolm Brickhouse live in Brooklyn and face bullies regularly who cannot accept the fact that these two boys would prefer metal over hip hop.

In 2007, Brickhouse and Dawkins started a metal band known as Tears of Blood. They have since joined forces with bassist Alec Atkins in Unlocking the Truth, which regularly busks in Times Square, where they say the bucket fills fast.

"I don't like doing the same things that everybody else is doing. I want to do my own thing," says Malcolm.

"We do wanna inspire other people," adds his bandmate, Jarad Dawkins. "Don't let nobody push you down, be free, do what you want to do."

Watch a short documentary below from The Avant/Garde Diaries in which the boys talk about their mission to rock your socks off as the heavy-metal trio Unlocking the Truth.

Unlocking The Truth - Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins from The Avant/Garde Diaries on


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