When you think about Nicolas Cageyou probably think of films such as Con Air, National Treasure, Gone in 60 Seconds and a few others, but not black metal. However, he declared his appreciation for the extreme genre and gave a good explanation as to why.
It’s no secret that Cage has always been a rock’n’roll fan, and he’s good friends with many musicians. According to an interview he did in 2018 with Metal hammerhe was part of a clique of musicians who also loved horror films, i.a Johnny Ramone, Rob Zombie, Tom Waits, Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett and Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder. The group would hang out and talk about movies and music, make jokes, play songs and so on.
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So even though Cage has a good track record for rock music, it certainly came as a bit of a surprise that he defended black metal, because the two styles of music have basically nothing in common except for some instruments and their roots. It was his son, Weston, who introduced him to black metal, and he got into it on his own from there.
“Weston got me into the black metal music that’s so popular in Norway. Black metal is something that gets a pretty bad rap, because of the church burnings and so on, but the music itself came from classical music!” Cage said, noting that Dimmu borgir were among the bands his son played for him.
“I thought the singers were excellent and the music was classical – I think that’s the root of metal, which is interesting enough in itself, since it comes from Bach, Wagner and Beethoven. You can’t say that about so many kinds of music, since so much of it came from gospel and African music. I think there’s something to be said for that.”
So the next time someone asks you why you like black metal, just read Cage’s answer. If they can’t respect his opinion, they probably aren’t worth the conversation.