Metal Cats combines two amazing subjects: the extreme personalities of the metal music scene and their adorable kitties. These incredibly cute and fluffly felines have been photographed with their loving owners in and around the dark abodes of over 100 musicians, fans, and promoters of metal including members of the bands Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Winterthrall, Wizards of Wor, The Cauterized, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Anhedonist, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, Napalm Death.
The metal scene is known for its love of dark, depressing, and disturbing imagery and ideas, and its fans are often characterized as violent, hateful, and misanthropic. Metal Cats is hard evidence that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like you and me.
A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.
About the Author
Alexandra Crockett, a musician and jewelry designer, has been present and active in the metal community since the age of 15 and is currently a doctoral student in the Bay Area. Beginning her idea for the book by doing promotional photos for bands and friends she would cat-sit for, she found an interesting dynamic between men in the metal scene and their cats. The idea for the book formed around giving accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.
"Metal Cats proves these necromancing rockers love their kitties as much as you and I...It's pretty much impossible not to get behind the feel-good, communal nature of this project."-Wired.com "Crockett noticed the strong bond, and interesting dynamic, between men in the metal scene and their favoured felines. She soon set to work capturing these endearingly enamoured owners and their pets on film. The results are brilliantly unique and unexpected..."-AnOther "Amonumentally awesome series""-Huffington Post" "Aside from the entertainment value, the book also serves a great cause"-Spin "Combination of something fluffy and something hardcore"-Examiner.com "Black leather, spikes and tattoos? Check. Creepy and/or scary-sounding band name? Check. Adorable little kitty cat on your shoulder? Check!"-"Guitar World"
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 1st August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 15.4 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1