You may or may not know this already, but Nicolas Cage’s son, Weston, is a black metal musician; he has performed in the black metal bands Eyes Of Noctum and Arsh Anubis.
During a recent conversation with Metal Hammer, Cage was asked about his relationship with metal (and of course, the topic of black metal came up). Cage is quite the metalhead, and when it comes to black metal – he is very passionate about the genre.
Cage shared the following regarding how his son got him into black metal, as well as what he (Cage) finds so fascinating about the genre:
“Weston got me into the black metal music that is so popular in Norway.
“Black metal is something that gets a pretty bad rap, because of the church burnings [in the early 90s] and so on, but the music itself came from classical music! Weston was listening to bands like Dimmu Borgir and I thought the singers were outstanding, and the music was classically influenced – I think that’s the root of metal, which is interesting enough in itself as it springs from Bach, Wagner and Beethoven.
“You can’t say that about so many forms of music, as so much of it came from gospel and African music. I think there’s something to be said for that.”
Interesting points there Cage. What do you make of the actor’s feelings when it comes to black metal? It is always neat when non-metal celebrities open up about their fandom for heavy music; then again, it is probably fair to say that Nicolas Cage is metal as hell.
During that same conversation, Cage spoke about two prominent metal vocalists who have influenced his approach to acting (at least when it comes to his vocal performances).