Despite all of their on-stage theatrics, metalheads still have a soft spot hidden in the haunted forest of their cold, black hearts.
That's the theme of Metal Cats, a new photo book by Alexandra Crockett. It features both felines — who, lacking thumbs, can't exactly do the sign of the horns — and their heavy-metal-loving human owners, who prove that the scene isn't all chainsaw guitar riffs and throaty growls. In it, members of Napalm Death, Thrones, Cattle Decapitation, and more than a dozen others show the furry side behind the corpse paint. After all, every pig squeal must be balanced with a meow.
Best of all, sales of the book will benefit no-kill cat shelters on the West Coast, which is reason enough to pick up a copy, even if you've never heard of Gorgoroth and the like.
To give you a taste, pictured on the cover is Jason Roberts of Night Nurse, Burning Leather, Splatterhouse, and Fall of the Bastards, with his beyond-grumpy cat Oliver. (Sorry, Tard.) Click through to see even more metalheads with their meowing friends. Hail Satan, and also cat snacks.