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    Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:27:58

    Live Review: Unlocking The Truth at the Troubadour - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

    “I want to see you have fun,” exclaimed Unlocking The Truth vocalist and guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse to a packed Troubadour crowd last night.

    One thing’s for sure. Everybody had a blast watching the metal triumvirate elevate the genre to a new plain altogether. This is the band we’ve all been waiting for. Now, Unlocking The Truth seem to get something that nobody else in hard rock or heavy metal does. Above all, this is supposed to be fun. It’s not about a pity party. It’s not a competition. It’s not about a ridiculous gimmick. It’s about a guitar, bass, drums, and amps. More importantly though, they can shred those aforementioned pieces with the best of them. Literally, the only way to adequately describe them is like a teen Jimi Hendrix fronting Metallica.

    They thrash about with intensity as Malcolm entered the crowd multiple times without ever missing a note. During the shows dénouement, he even crowd surfed as he played with a huge smile on his face. Alec Atkins practically lit up his bass fretboard as he delivered the massive grooves of “Destruction” punctuated perfectly by drummer Jarad Dawkins, who can switch from polyrhythmic pummeling to a funked-out bounce without so much as a flinch. Malcolm also stands out as a soulful and slick vocalist, pulling off tight fretwork while carrying the thrashing intensity of “Take Control”, which he dedicated to his dad.

    Meanwhile, “Made of Stone” showcased just how powerful his voice remains with its brooding build-up. One of the standouts “Be Yourself” ignited one of the biggest hooks of the night and Malcolm introduced it by saying, “If we listened to what other people say, we wouldn’t be here right now”. It’s a telling statement in line with the refrain.

    Everything culminated on an utterly explosive “Monster”. Prior, Jarad took the mic and announced, “This is one night I will not forget. This is our first headlining show”. Everybody cheered. However, the evening’s most special moment came when Jarad did his drum solo and Malcolm stood on the stage smiling. He was having the most fun of all.

    Rick Florino

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