Underground black metal band Necronaunce recently signed to Exalted Woe Records, which has previously released two CDs/demos for the band. Take Five secured an interview with guitarist/vocalist Willem M. Reeders, an Albuquerque native who now travels between Seattle and Albuquerque to perform in the bands Cursed Ruin and Necronaunce.
Tell me about your band and your musical approach.
Willem Reeders: “Necronaunce is pure black metal. [Bassist] Brian [Lizard] and I are Bathory fans and best friends from the late 80s and still play, listen, and live the black metal lifestyle. We record and play together and have an unexpected release at Exalted Woe Records. Our music is an approach of winter vampire satanic black metal and true riffs of black metal for us to enjoy and practice. Our approach is honest, calculated, and real. Necronaunce is the baby of CURSED RUIN, my black metal band from Jacksonville, FL, and when I tire I go to Necronaunce. Both bands are true black metal and both started in Albuquerque. Necronaunce can best be described as Funeral/Battle/Satanic/Vampire.”
I understand the band has recently signed to Exalted Woe Records. What are the band’s plans regarding a release? What information can you talk about?
Willem Reeders: “Plans for the release of Necronaunce are to let select friends and other bands in our circle hear the approach we are taking. I will be back in Albuquerque to start another record with Brian before fall. Cursed Ruin members all have very busy schedules with other projects in Florida, and Necronaunce will be moving forward with more recordings. Exalted Woe Records has released two Necronaunce and four Cursed Ruin records/demos, all of which started in Albuquerque.”
What do you prefer: performing live, working in the studio, or a combination of both?
Willem Reeders: “I prefer recording and playing at band practices. Live shows have always been an obstacle, and finding musicians as well. It has been very difficult. I haven’t played enough live shows to say I enjoy doing that. Right now my interests are in practicing and staying isolated.”
How has living in New Mexico influenced you musical approach? Where are you based today?
Willem Reeders: “New Mexico has influenced my approach to music. My guitar training and friends in bands there, growing up in Albuquerque, going through all the genre changes over the years, coming back to Albuquerque, to jam again. I’ve been all over the country—I can tell you who plays black metal—and it’s very rare to find anyone who plays true. I know this.”
What do you like best about working in the genre of black metal? What do you like the least about the genre?
Willem Reeders: “The best thing working in the black metal genre to me is the impossible challenge of writing songs that have lyrics of true meaning, riffs that are not just noise, classical guitar techniques, satanic and vampire topics, and dark absolute oblivion. The worst thing about the black metal genre is the cross-over musicians. They keep making it too fancy.”