There’s a metal band fronted by cats that actually exists. Now before you start to hiss at the idea of this “band,” their existence also benefits a good cause.

Per their Bandcamp page, “Hailing from the literal streets of NYC, CATTERA is a feline four-piece fronted by reformed street cat Roope-Shakir, fur baby of Fearless Records product manager Anna Mrzyglocki.”

Mrzyglocki says in a statement, “I knew Roope-Shakir had star power from the moment he entered my apartment. 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.”

In his own statement, Roope-Shakir said, “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.”

CATTERA released its first single “Hunger Of The Beast,” which can be heard in the video below and is available for purchase on Bandcamp.

Now, before you scoff at the idea of buying the track, it’s noted on the CATTERA’s Bandcamp page, “100% of the track sales and any additional donations will directly benefit Whiskers-A-GoGo, the Brooklyn nonprofit volunteer-run cat rescue group that got Roope-Shakir off the streets and into his forever home.”

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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