Cats are having a moment in the metal space this April Fool's Day. Earlier today, we posted about how Metal Archives changed all the band photos to be kitties. But the new band on the scene, Cattera is no joke, it's a real band paying tribute to Pantera and Iron Maiden.
The front-cat is a former street cat named Roope-Shakir, whose human is Fearless Records product manager Anna Mrzyglocki. “I knew Roope-Shakir had star power from the moment he entered my apartment,” Mrzyglocki said in a press release. “I heard his emotion-filled meows and knew he needed to be the front cat of a metal band. It sparked a passion for A&R I never knew I had. People may think Cattera is just another ‘industry plant,’ but there’s real talent here.”
The cat even commented to Consequence of Sound, noting its influences “I’m stoked to release my first track with Cattera, as I’m a huge fan of OG animal kingdom metal bands like Hatebeak and Caninus. I hope I can be an inspiration to all street cats who have something to say.”
The charity release is out now, which you can stream below. All proceeds go to Whiskers-A-GoGo, a Brooklyn non-profit volunteer-run cat rescue that originally found Roope-Shakir.
Also, my god, this behind the scenes video.