Australian hardcore/punk band Carpathian has joined the Deathwish Inc./Malfunction Records roster.
Since forming on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula five years ago, Carpathian have been an indestructible force on unstable ground. Hampered by incessant line-up changes, they've nonetheless managed to assert their dominance at the forefront of the Australian hardcore pack.
Releasing their self-titled debut EP through Washed Up Records in 2005, they were promptly signed to Australian hardcore label Resist Records, who issued the acclaimed full-length album "Nothing to Lose" the following year. Further forging their reputation on the live front, Carpathian played second-fiddle to no one, whether mixing it with the cream of the local scene or stepping up onto bigger stages for tours with the likes of Killswitch Engage, Bleeding Through, etc.
But beyond this impressive list of achievements and beneath this tale of success runs another, less glorious subplot, one about setback, frustration, and the undying determination of leader Martin Kirby. Showing a will to succeed no matter what, in 2006 Kirby was even prepared to relinquish his role as Carpathian frontman and switch to guitar, as ex-I Killed The Prom Queen singer Michael Crafter assumed vocal duties. When Crafter split seven months later to follow his dreams fronting American group Bury Your Dead, Kirby simply wrote it off as yet another setback, stepped back up to the mic and the Carpathian juggernaut rolled ever onward.
There is simply no doubting Carpathian's indestructibility. But if there was a price to pay for all the chronic upheaval, it's that establishing a cohesive musical vision was often forced to take a backseat to survival. For all the success they enjoyed early in their career, it wasn't really until 2007, four years after the band originally formed, that all the pieces finally began to lock into place.
In March, a freshly unified Carpathian line-up toured through the UK and Europe alongside Parkway Drive and On Broken Wings. In October they became the only local band to play every date on the Australian legs of the 2007 Taste of Chaos Tour. Then, in December, came the first recording by the rejuvenated line-up, a limited two-song 7-inch EP via Resist entitled "Wrecked", unveiling a frightfully intense new Carpathian sound.
Spending the first half of 2008 intensely writing songs, the band took time out briefly in February to once again be the only Australian band to perform on the national Soundwave '08 tour. In May, armed with a killer batch of songs, they converged upon the Getaway Group, a studio situated in the basement of Jay Maas' suburban home in Wakefield, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. A respected hardcore producer who has pulled huge sounds for the likes of Shipwreck A.D. and Verse, Maas proved the perfect choice to help Carpathian realize their vision for "Isolation".
"Isolation", the new full-length from Carpathian, will be released by Deathwish/Malfunction later in 2008 (under exclusive license from Resist).