NICOLAS CAGE's Black Metal Frontman Son: 'I Want To Contribute To My Genre And Honor My Family'

EYES OF NOCTUM, the California-based black metallers fronted by Weston "Arcane" Coppola Cage (18-year-old son of actor Nicolas Cage), are in the middle of a short U.S. tour which will bring them to O'Brien's Pub in Allston, Massachusetts tonight (Wednesday, July 15) alongside CLOSED CASKET, WHO CARRIES THE LANTERN and BONE RITUAL.

"We don't drag with us the essence of Hollywood," Weston tells "I have a dark maniacal side and sometimes I want to decimate every person in the room. But I also want to enlighten. We have a variety of different fans and get different reactions."

He adds, "I've always had a certain sentiment in me I couldn't define. As a teenager, I gravitated toward more darker music."

EYES OF NOCTUM's debut album, "Inceptum", is due later in the year through Morbid Rose Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, IN FLAMES, HAMMERFALL). Norwegian drummer Hellhammer (MAYHEM, DIMMU BORGIR) and Swedish multi-instrumentalist Snowy Shaw (THERION, DREAM EVIL, KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME) both make guest appearances on the CD.

Regarding his contributions to the EYES OF NOCTUM album, Snowy Shaw recently told, "Fredrik just called me one night, asking me to attend in the studio as some sort of coach for this poor young L.A. drummer who simply couldn't get it down, so after having wasted several days, Fredrik, as the producer, just had to take charge of the procedure and get things moving. I got there the next morning thinking I'd be coaching the guy, then understand they expect me to do ghost drumming, then the next day I'd be listed as the drummer. I'm a very quick learner, and although I don't consider myself a very good black metal drummer (since I hit the drums very, very hard; playing that ultra-fast gets tricky), but I did my best to please them with all their wishes and requests, and I nailed it all in a few days' time, and everybody was happy."

While Cage wants to be judged on the merits of his music, he acknowledges his family's history in the spotlight.

"I come from a lineage of great artists," he tells "I just want to contribute to my genre and honor my family."

Video footage of EYES OF NOCTUM performing live at Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, California in March 2009 can be viewed below.


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