Kittie were just the wake-up call that the nu-metal era needed. Dropping less than year after the misogynistic conflagration of Woodstock '99, the Ontario band's first album, Spit, pretty much, well, spit right in the face of the scene's often regressive attitude toward women. The quartet's core sister duo of Morgan (vocals, guitar) and Mercedes Lander (drums) were just 17 and 15, respectively, when the band dropped its breakthrough debut; guitarist Fallon Bowman and bassist Talena Atfield (who didn't play on the album, but replaced OG bass player Tanya Candler before Spit's release) were also in their teens. The girls' young age made brash, riot-grrrl-infused cuts like "Do You Think I'm a Whore" and "Get Off (You Can Eat a Dick)" all the more shocking and impactful at the time.
As hard-hitting as they were on the record, Kittie brought it live, too. And they were tested on some of metal's biggest stages. They played Ozzfest 2000, with Ozzy, Pantera and more. They opened for Slipknot that same year on the North American leg of the Nine's first major headlining run, the World Domination Tour.
See Kittie raging and raising hell in the early 2000s below.