There's a decent chance you've heard of the latest metal sensation Unlocking the Truth. After one viral YouTube hit, they have landed a seven-figure record deal, played at major music festivals, and are now even getting their own documentary.
What makes them so special that they have been embraced by the larger public that holds contempt for metal? Meet the band members--who are all Black pre-teens living in trendy areas of New York City.
You could say they're their own version of "black" metal.
It is shocking to see one group of kids go from being an oddity on the streets of New York to Coachella in literally a matter of a month. It's is obvious that they owe their success due to the tastes of White liberals.
While the three youngsters are certainly skilled for their age, their music is basically a more generic take of Mastodon and isn’t anything special. However, most will admit that it's not the originality of their music that got them signed, but the mere fact that it's played by "adorable" black pre-teens.
I'm positive that there are a dozen such bands composed of White pre-teens who are equally as skilled and equally adorable. But they aren't black and they can't be used to make a point. The idea that blacks are musically superior to Whites and invented all music is constantly forwarded in contemporary society. Unlocking the Truth (what a name!) brings this full circle by performing implicitly White music that mainstream society doesn't like. This band makes metal appealing to SWPLs, who would otherwise be listening to eunuch rock and Hip Hop. SWPLs are fine with aggressive Black music, just not aggressive White music.
Thus, we have ugly Brooklyn hipsters cheering on the boys as they play on a city street and SWPLs forming an ironic circle pit as the band plays at Coachella. They don't want Bolt Thrower or Watain playing before them because they're too serious, too White, and too threatening. They want Unlocking the Truth because they're ironic, Black, and "cute."
Let's hope they're not the beginning of a horrific trend and this is just a flash in the pan.