It looks like the end to what was a teenage dream come true for metal prodigies Unlocking the Truth.
Just as they finished up the 8th grade, the New York trio scored a two-record deal with Sony Music that was set to the net the boys as much as $1.7 million. But the guys now want out, revealing a plan to leave the label in the midst of SXSW 2015.
"Our attorneys are working on our exit from Sony now," said guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, who was 13 when the band signed their deal, at the world premiere of their Breaking a Monster documentary, which details how the band rose from street performers in Times Square to playing Coachella and Warped Tour.
Their manager also confirmed they were in the process of leaving, but couldn't reveal any more details.
While Unlocking the Truth hasn't released any music since their signing, it's still a rather sad outcome for what sounded like a such promising partnership. Days after the signing became public in July 2014, Unlocking the Truth told Fuse that "[with] the Sony contract, we feel like the dreams we had when we were younger are actually coming to life now. It's really amazing."
But as anyone who pays even the slightest bit of attention to the music industry knows, artists can get royally screwed by labels, especially the majors. From disagreements on creative direction to compensation to the fact that the label is typically not required to actually release any music if they choose not to—it's the label's money to waste.
While the details are fuzzy at this point, we hope the guys come out of this swiftly and can start dropping new music fast—there's too many potential to waste here. Just watch them shredding at The Apollo Theater.