Extreme metal vets Abaddon Incarnate kick off FRACTURED, a new documentary series on Irish underground music by John Mulvaney
Extreme metal veterans Abaddon Incarnate feature in this exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal clip which also marks the start of FRACTURED, a new documentary series on Irish underground music by filmmaker John Mulvaney:
Ireland can be a strange little place sometimes; we’ve developed a reputation for great music globally, but unless it falls into a specific mainstream musical category, chances are you’ll never hear about it. Not even in Ireland. It most likely comes down to personal taste; grindcore, doom, death metal, punk, hardcore, experimental electronics and drone are hardly ever going to appeal to the masses, nor should they – it’s music for those who enjoy aural extremities and the culture that goes with it.
While talking with friends involved in various music scenes, it struck me how there was a rich sense of history and a real connection between many bands and musicians, some spanning decades in terms of relationships. Some had played in bands together, some had shared rehearsal spaces for years, or gone on tour, supporting each other. Many of the bands were now long gone – some had lasted mere months, others struggled on for years, despite whatever level of popularity they might have reached with their fanbases. Why hadn’t I heard about these bands before, and why was it so hard to find anything about them?
FRACTURED is about trying to document as many of these bands as possible; bands that are either currently still going strong, or newly formed bands who are currently pouring their energy into live shows and EPs. Bands that have no interest in making music for the masses, but for those who want something different. Bands that struggle to pay for album recordings, let alone having the money for promotional videos. Bands who scrape by touring, just for the love of the music and connecting with people who are passionate about what they create.
Right now, Ireland has some incredible musical talent, across all sorts of genres; hopefully I’ll get to film with as many of them as possible over the next few years.
For the first instalment of his series, Mulvaney documented one of Ireland’s longest running extreme metal bands:
Abaddon Incarnate formed in Dublin in 1995, and have been an important part of the Irish grindcore scene ever since. They’ve released five studio albums and several EP’s over those two decades, and despite several line up changes, are still going strong today. The bands current line up consists of Steve Maher, Bill Whelan, Steve Finnerty and Johnny King. Their latest album, ‘Pessimist’, is available from Candelight Records.