Metal Cats by Alexandra Crockett book cover

With their skull tattoos, dark eye makeup and long, flowing hair, heavy metal rockers have a reputation for being a little, well, intimidating. Not exactly the cuddly kind, really.

And we're guessing that you'd never expect hardcore metalheads to be cat lovers. But it turns out they are — and they're proud of it.

In photographer Alexandra Crockett's new book, Metal Cats, hardcore metal musicians in bands like Municipal Waste, Lightning Swords of Death and Skeletonwitch reveal their softer sides by posing with their own fluffy felines. It's a charming and unexpected look at these hard-rocking musicians.

Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to one no-kill shelter in four cities on the West Coast.

Metal Cats will be available on Amazon on May 6, making it the perfect Father's Day gift for your rocker (or cat lover) dad. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery for a sneak peek of the book.

Tony Stark's adorable cat picked the perfect perch — the rocker's head.

Freya the cat perches on the shoulder of Aub Driver of Jahai and Darkhorse Comics. We can't decide whose hair is prettier.

Brooks Blackhawk of DJ Blackhawk and Atriarch cuddles with his cat, Fred.

Travis Ryan, who is in the bands Cattle Decapitation and Murder Construct, hugs Nico, aka "The Neeks."

Black Metal Comedian holds his kitten, Alair. We wonder if Alair is just as curious as we are about who's under that paper bag mask.

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