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Preteen thrash-metal trio Unlocking the Truth sign major-label deal

New York City is famous for the number and variety of its street musicians. But even in a place where in the course of your commute you can see a freestyle rapper, an old-timey banjo player, and a guy performing French medieval religious chants, the Brooklyn trio Unlocking the Truth stand out as unique. For the past couple of years, these three Brooklyn natives—one of whom is 12, while the other two are 13—have been setting up their amps and drums around the city and filling its public spaces with remarkably tuneful, technically impressive thrash metal that’s almost surreally incongruous to see coming from three adorable middle schoolers. Ever since camera-phone footage of them blew up on the Internet, they’ve been pulling down bigger and better gigs: This spring they played Coachella, and they’re about to wrap up a stint on the Warped Tour.

Now, according to the Daily News, Unlocking the Truth has signed a deal with Sony that could pay out as much as $1.7 million for six albums. That’s a lot of money to be potentially investing in a band whose members are in the middle of dealing with the effects of their voices dropping, but their viral popularity is still spreading and it’s not showing any signs of dissipating.

Despite the meme-like quality of cute kids playing heavy metal, the group is more than just a novelty act. Their Internet popularity at the moment would probably be good for a couple thousand sales on an album rushed out before some other prepubescent musical act breaks on BuzzFeed, but the fact that Sony offered them a six-album deal suggests that someone there realizes they’re actually a really, really good thrash metal band, and could very realistically get even better as they age. They may be middle-school kids playing unexpectedly brutal music, but in this day and age, maybe the oddest thing about them is that they’re a musical act that just signed the rare kind of long-term deal designed to incubate emerging talent that barely exists anymore.

Heroic metal fan headbangs himself into the hospital

Metalheads have known for ages that headbanging is hard on the body. They even have a name for the pain that comes after an evening engaged in their favorite activity: a bangover. Usually it’s nothing that a few ibuprofen and some downtime won’t fix—but a German Motorhead fan has gone far, far beyond that point by headbanging his way to actual brain damage.

The unnamed 50-year-old metalhead’s condition was discovered after he sought treatment at the Hannover Medical School for “constant, worsening headaches,” according to an AP report. Although he had no history of head injuries or substance abuse problems, a scan revealed brain bleeding that required doctors to drill a hole in his head to drain it—which actually sounds extremely metal. They discovered a benign cyst that,  in conjunction with his frequent headbanging (most recently at a Motorhead concert), may have caused the bleeding.

Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, a member of the team that treated the man, says that normally with headbanging, “the risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if [our patient] had [gone] to a classical concert, this would not have happened.” That doesn’t mean he’s anti-metal, though. “Rock ‘n’ roll will never die,” the doctor said. “Heavy metal fans should rock on.”

Hit the jump for a classic Motorhead cut, and make sure you rock out. Doctor’s orders.

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Hear Tenacious D's cover of Dio's 'The Last In Line' -- EXCLUSIVE

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If a Mount Rushmore-style monument existed for metalheads, the late Ronnie James Dio would certainly be on it. As the frontman of Dio, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath (and a bunch of others), he’s more than earned his spot. And even if you don’t care much about smashes like “Holy Diver” or “The Mob Rules,” you have to give Dio credit for giving the world the metal horns.

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GWAR frontman Brockie found dead in Virginia home

Dave Brockie, frontman for the heavy metal band GWAR, has been found dead in his Richmond, Va., home at age 50.

Richmond police spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says officers were called to home shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of a dead person. When officers arrived, Brockie — who went by the stage name Oderus Urungus — was found dead inside the home.

Detectives don’t suspect foul play at this time and Waugh says the medical examiner’s office will determine cause of death.

The Grammy-nominated band founded in 1984 is known for its comically grotesque costumes, stage antics and vulgar lyrics.

GWAR released its latest album in 2013 and recently toured Australia and Japan.

In 2011, lead guitarist 34-year-old Cory Smoot was found dead on the band’s tour bus.

Gene Simmons blasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for KISS treatment

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be having its next induction ceremony on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but do not expect new inductees KISS to be performing. Founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have decided against it to protest the Hall’s decision of inducting only the original line-up of the group (which includes departed members Peter “Catman” Criss and Ace “Space Ace” Frehley) while ignoring other longtime (and current) bandmates like Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. I asked Simmons about his decision when he called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to chat about his appearance tonight on CBS’ CSI (where he will be playing himself). READ FULL STORY

Jeff Hanneman is gone, but Slayer is forever

When I was 10 years old, Slayer scared the hell out of me. It wasn’t the punishing music or the satanic themes. I worshipped at the altar of Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, Celtic Frost, Mercyful Fate and their like in the mid-1980s. Speed, Satan, violence, aggression — that’s what kept me going during my “awkward years.” Yet I was intimidated by Slayer.

It was because of the fans. READ FULL STORY

Lamb of God frontman cleared by Czech court

A court has acquitted the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band of causing a teenage fan’s death at a concert in the Czech Republic.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was charged in December in Prague with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences. Blythe was accused of pushing the 19-year-old man from the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague’s Abaton club.

The man later died of a head injury. Blythe pleaded not guilty.

The court spokeswoman, Marketa Puci, confirmed Tuesday’s ruling by Prague’s Municipal Court.

The state prosecutors, who had demanded a five-year prison term for Blythe, have appealed the verdict.

Best and Worst 2012: The six best metal albums of the year

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A peek at EW’s top 10 albums of the year highlights a vaguely disturbing trend: In 2012, most of the best music of the year was pretty mellow.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; relatively low-key albums by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean handily proved that un-blustery does not equal boring.

That being said, 2012 was a particularly remarkable year for metal. Perhaps because they currently have no place on the pop landscape at the moment, heavy musicians made a concerted effort to push personal boundaries on their new releases.

In some cases, that meant exploring the limit of how much noise the human ear can endure; for others it was a bold step toward something resembling pop music. It’s that second step that made it such a weird, wonderful year. READ FULL STORY

Suicide Silence singer Mitchell Lucker dies in motorcycle accident

Mitchell Lucker, frontman for the death-metal band rising star Suicide Silence, died Thursday of injuries in a Southern California motorcycle crash. He was 28.

Lucker lost control of his black 2013 Harley-Davidson in Huntington Beach at 8:55 p.m. on Halloween night and slammed into a Main Street light pole, police said in a news release. He died Thursday at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center.

Lucker, who lived in Huntington Beach, was ejected while the motorcycle continued south and crashed into a Nissan Titan pickup truck, police said in a news release. Two people in the pickup and nearby trick-or treaters weren’t hurt.

The accident was being investigated to determine whether alcohol was a factor, police said. READ FULL STORY

Watch Swedish metal band Graveyard's 'Endless Night' video - EXCLUSIVE

Sure, most of the great Scandinavian metal bands hail from Norway, but don’t count out that country’s neighbor. Sweden is no slouch when it comes to the devil’s music — especially Graveyard, whose new album Lights Out lands on these shores on November 6 (you can pre-order the CD here and the digital version here).

Taking cues from the swampier, bluesier side of Black Sabbath, Graveyard have released two previous albums of impeccably scuzzy rock full of caustic spasms and thick fuzz. They continue that tradition on Lights Out, which turns up the throbbing low end and gives frontman Joakim Nilsson extra space to croon and bellow.

“Endless Night” is as good an entry point as any for this quartet of bearded tundra-dwellers, so check out the exclusive premiere of the freewheeling, head-tripping video below: READ FULL STORY

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