04/01/2014 04:59 pm ET

These Photos Of Rockers With Their Cats Shows The Softer Side Of Heavy Metal

When you think of heavy metal rockers you probably don't think of fluffy kitties, but Alexandra Crockett is looking to change that.

Crockett is the photographer behind Metal Cats, a photo book published by powerHouse Books that features images of musicians from the hardcore metal music scene posing with their furry feline friends. The individuals in the shots come from bands with less-than-cuddly names such as Lightning Swords of Death, Book of Black Earth, Cattle Decapitation, and Murder Construct. In the photos, though, it's hard to miss the love and tenderness between man and animal.

"Metal isn't all dark and disturbing, violent and misanthropic," a synopsis by powerHouse reads. "Metal Cats is proof 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 the sales of Metal Cats, as well as proceeds from benefit shows held in four cites on West Coast, will go to one no-kill shelter in each of those cities, the publisher's site notes. The book is due out in May.

Check out some of the photos below:

Rockers With Their Cats