Nicaraguan-born, New York City-based artist Franck de las Mercedes has begun a new series of paintings under the heading "A Quiet Riot: Latinos Making Noise in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal." For decades, Latinos have been a vital part of the worldwide metal scene, including many who never make their cultural identity an explicit part of their musical persona (like, who knew Stryper's Oz Fox was Latino?) and many who do - like Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy leader Max Cavalera, pictured above.

The whole series of paintings, to which more are being added day by day, can be seen at de las Mercedes' website. Here's one more: his portrait of current Ratt guitarist Carlos Cavazo: