Carpathian (band)

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Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Post-hardcore,[1] metalcore
Years active 2003–2011
Labels Resist Records, Golf, Deathwish Inc
Members Martin Kirby
Josh Manitta
Ed Redclift
David "Skan" Bichard
Lloyd Carroll
Past members Michael Crafter
Anthony Harris
Julian Marsh
Chris Farmer
Ben Coyte

Carpathian was an Australian hardcore punk band formed in 2003 in Melbourne. The band disbanded in 2011, with its final line-up comprising lead vocalist Martin Kirby, guitarists Josh Manitta and Lloyd Carroll, bass guitarist Ed Redclift and drummer David Bichard. Carpathian was made up of straight edge and non-straight edge members.[1]

Carpathian played at festivals such as the 2007 Australian Taste of Chaos the 2008 Soundwave festival, Sucks N Summer, Ieper Fest Winter, Ieper Fest Summer, and Fluff Fest.

Carpathian's line-up changed several times over the band's history; two guitarists were replaced in late 2006.[2] Former I Killed The Prom Queen singer Michael Crafter joined Carpathian in 2006. Vocalist Martin Kirby then moved to guitar, although Crafter left seven months later in February 2007, after which Kirby resumed his position as frontman.[3] Michael Crafter did not sing on any of Carpathian's recordings.

In 2008, Carpathian released their second studio album Isolation, which reached No. 19 on the ARIA Charts.[4]

Carpathian's final show was at the Arthouse in April 2011 and was part of the final week of The Arthouse shows.[5]

In 2009 Martin started Dead Souls Records both as a further artistic outlet and as a means to promote Australian hardcore bands. The label's roster includes Carpathian, Shipwreck AD (USA), Down To Nothing (USA), The Broderick, The Hollow, AYS (Germany), Ghost Town, and Iron Mind.

Associated acts of Carpathian include Hopeless, Warbrain, Colossus, The Broderick.


  • Martin Kirby - vocals
  • Joshua Manitta - guitar
  • Edward Redclift - bass guitar
  • David Bichard - drums
  • Lloyd Carroll - guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Michael Crafter - vocals (2006–2007)
  • Anthony Harris - guitar (2003–2006)
  • Julian Marsh - guitar (2004–2006)
  • Chris Farmer - bass guitar (2003–2006)
  • Ben Coyte - guitar (2007–2008)
  • Brendan Cross - guitar (2003–2004)


Carpathian toured widely across Australia, playing alongside bands such as Have Heart, Comeback Kid, Verse, Against, Bleeding Through, Against Me!, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Thursday and Alexisonfire.

In 2006, after the release of Nothing To Lose, they toured in the UK and Europe with Parkway Drive and On Broken Wings.

Carpathian completed their 'Isolation' tour across Australia in 2008, before another tour across Australia with Boston band and label mates Shipwreck A.D. later that year.

The band's second tour of the European continent was in November 2008 alongside Have Heart and Cruel Hand.


In early January, the band headlined the Boys of Summer Tour with Comeback Kid, Verse and Against.

In late January, Carpathian played a short run of shows in Japan with Death Before Dishonor, Trash Talk and Parkway Drive. They supported Have Heart's Australian tour in May (Excluding WA and QLD) followed by a string of dates with The Hollow around Australia.

In July, Carpathian played a handful of dates in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore followed by a full headline European and UK tour with German band Ritual and Swedish band Anchor.


Carpathian embarked on a short Australian and South-East Asian tour to support the then upcoming Wanderlust 7" release. This tour was followed with a headline European tour with the Baltimore hardcore band, Ruiner. Carpathian finished their touring year headlining the Generation 2010 Australian hardcore fest in Melbourne on 26 December.


Carpathian announced another European tour, headlining with support provided by American hardcore band, Defeater. Their planned first American tour with The Carrier was cancelled when Carpathian's vocalist Kirby announced the group would be disbanding indefinitely. The final show was in Melbourne on Friday, 29 April 2011.[6]


Year Title Label AUS[4]
2004 Carpathian/Never Alone Split CD
2005 Carpathian (EP) Washed UP Records
2006 Nothing To Lose Resist Records 110
2007 Wrecked (7") Resist Records
2008 Isolation Resist Records/Deathwish Inc. 19
2009 Carpathian / Shipwreck A.D. (7") Dead Souls Records
2010 Wanderlust Resist Records/Deathwish Inc.


  1. ^ a b Vinall, Sam (15 August 2006). "Carpathian". dBmagazine. Archived from the original on 12 October 2006. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  2. ^ Oakeshott, Will (19 December 2006). "Carpathian". dBmagazine. Archived from the original on 12 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Crafter leaves Carpathian". 12 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  4. ^ a b Carpathian on ARIA Charts:
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  6. ^ Carpathian announce hiatus

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