This week, it was revealed that Oscar winner for ‘Best Actor’ and living meme Nicolas Cage would play Count Dracula in the upcoming horror-comedy Renfield. The news was met with a resounding whoop of excitement, given the place Cage occupies in the pop-culture psyche right now; between bizarre studio projects like Ghost Rider and completely insane genre flicks like Mandy and Willy’s Wonderland, the dude is officially one of Hollywood’s most beloved dark horses. But metal fans know that not only is Cage a total weirdo, he’s also a supportive dad whose son has steered him down the left-hand path that is black metal.
The actor’s descent into darkness stems from Weston Coppola Cage, his son, who according to Metal Injection performs in the black metal band Eyes of Noctum as well as solo project Allone. The former has a lot of death metal elements at the forefront, bringing plenty of clean, sharp riffs that have arch melody to them; that said, there’s black metal’s soaring, spiritual shriek at its core. Allone, meanwhile, is much more melancholic and icy, definitely speaking to the one-man-black-metal vibe.
And what does Nicolas Cage think of all this? “He’s really appreciated that sort of music,” said Weston. “Him and I have had conversation about black metal before. At first he was like, ‘What does it promote?’ and I just gave him an idea of what we’re trying to do and he said, ‘Well that sounds very honest.'”
When asked if his dad likes any specific black metal artists, or if he’s just here to support his kid, Weston said, “He likes Darkthrone and he likes Satyricon as well.” Which is proof that Cage not only likes black metal, but that he also has pretty great taste in black metal as well!
Check out Eyes of Noctum below:
And here’s Allone:
Mr. Cage, we salute you! May you continue to support your child’s love of all things blasphemous and melodramatic, much to our sonic benefit!
Words by Chris Krovatin