“In 146 B. C. de city of Carthago (Carthage) was destroyed by the Romans. In 1994 order was created out of this chaos, Carthago was recreated……………….……………….and now she is indestructible!”
Carthago, a gothic and progressive metalband from Katwijk, The Netherlands, was formed in July 1994.
Guitarist Rob Ouwehand and Bassplayer Arris Ouwehand met up in Rock-Coverband “Order Out Of Chaos” in 1990. Rob’s passion for progressive music lead the way for creating their own material in early 1993. Epic songs with high male vocals were their musical trademarks at this time. In 1994 Carthago was born. In the same year their first demo “The Change” was released.
In 1997 after some line-up changes the band gets on solid ground. Their music at this stage was very much influenced by the coming of female voices. Margreet van Duijvenbode joined in 1996, and is still the leadsinger of the band. The music style was becoming more spiritual and gothic combined with progressive rock. In this period Carthago was support-act for American bands like “Fates Warning”, “Omen” and “Vicious Rumors”. In 1998 they win a regional contest “de Grote Prijs van de Bollenstreek”. In 1999 their 2nd demo “Experience” was recorded and they became 3rd in the finale of a contest called “de Zuidhollandse Popjacht” (the semifinal from a big music-prize in The Netherlands). Due to this contest many live shows were given.
In 2003 Carthago played at the progressive metal festival “The Headway Festival” with acts like Pain Of Salvation, Freak Kitchen, Sun Caged and many more.
In 2005 Carthago recorded their third demo “the Battle” of witch you can hear some songs in the player. Now Carthago is busy recording a full length album.