Qntal

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Qntal
Qntal 2010.jpg
Syrah and Mariko of Qntal performing in Hunt Valley, Maryland in 2010
Background information
Origin Germany
Genres Industrial music
Darkwave
Neofolk
Years active 1991–present
Labels Gymnastic Records, Stars in the Dark, Noir Records, Drakkar Entertainment
Associated acts Estampie, Deine Lakaien, Helium Vola
Members Sigrid Hausen (Syrah)
Michael Popp
Sarah M. Newman (Mariko)
Leon Rodt
Markus Köstner
Past members Ernst Horn
Philipp Groth (Fil)

Qntal is a German "electro-medieval" band founded in 1991 by Michael Popp and Ernst Horn. They later added vocalist Syrah (Sigrid Hausen) to complete the band. It has roots in Estampie, a band of similar genre but different style; Michael Popp and Syrah are the principal members. Horn left the group in 1999, to concentrate on his other band, Deine Lakaien. He later formed Helium Vola in 2001. Philipp Groth (a.k.a. Fil) then joined Qntal. In 2008 singer and violist Sarah M. Newman (Mariko) left the New York based band Unto Ashes to work with Qntal and Estampie in Germany.[1]

The band's lyrics are primarily drawn from historical sources. Throughout their first three albums, lyrics were primarily in Latin, medieval German, Galician-Portuguese and a few other European tongues. On Qntal IV, the band added a few songs in English to their body of work. Two tracks from this album, Cupido and Flamma, reached the 2005 DAC, peaking at #1 and #8 respectively.[2]

Qntal has headlined at significant goth and industrial music festivals such as Wave-Gotik-Treffen and M'era Luna. Qntal's debut U.S. concert took place in September 2004 at Dracula's Ball in Philadelphia. In 2007, 2008, and 2011 the band was featured in the Bad Faerie Ball at the Baltimore FaerieCon.

"Qntal" is a made-up word that appeared in one of Syrah's dreams. Its pronunciation varies among sources. However, Syrah herself, during live performances, pronounces it [kn̩tal].

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Peak positions
GER
[3]
1992 Qntal I Gymnastic Records
1995 Qntal II Gymnastic Records
2003 Qntal III: Tristan und Isolde Stars in the Dark / Noir Records
2005 Qntal IV: Ozymandias Drakkar Entertainment / Noir Records 71
2006 Qntal V: Silver Swan Noir Records 74
2008 Qntal VI: Translucida Drakkar Entertainment 77
2014 Qntal VII Drakkar Entertainment

EPs[edit]

Year Title Label
2003 Nihil Stars in the Dark / Vielklang Musikproduktion
2004 Illuminate Noir Records

Compilations[edit]

  • 2008 – Purpurea: The Best Of, Drakkar Entertainment

Singles[edit]

  • 2002 – O, Tristan
  • 2003 – Entre Moi
  • 2005 – Cupido
  • 2005 – Flamma
  • 2006 – Von den Elben
  • 2008 – Sumer

Special releases[edit]

  • 2006 – Qntal V: Silver Swan 2 CD; Noir Records Special Edition featuring artwork by Brian Froud

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • 1993 – "Por Mau Tens" on German Mystic Sound Sampler Volume IV, Zillo
  • 1993 – "Ad Mortem Festinamus" on We Came To Dance - Indie Dancefloor Vol. III, Sub Terranean
  • 2005 – "Ecce Gratum (Club Mix)" on Asleep by Dawn Magazine Presents: DJ Ferrets Underground Mix #1, Asleep by Dawn Magazine
  • 2005 – "Entre Moi Et Mon Amin" on Sleepwatching, Vol. 1 DVD, Asleep by Dawn Magazine
  • 2006 – "Von Den Elben" music video on Asleep By Dawn - DJ Ferret's Underground Mix #2 CD/DVD, Asleep by Dawn Magazine

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Sigrid "Syrah" Hausen (1991–present) - Vocals
  • Michael Popp (1991–present) - Vocals, vielle, saz, shawm, oud, tar
  • Mariko (2010-present) - Violist, backup vocals
  • Markus Köstner (2005-present) - Live Drummer

Former members[edit]

  • Ernst Horn (1991–1999)
  • Philipp "Fil" Groth (2002–2014) - Keyboards, vocals, guitars, programming

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kutzer, Christoph (2012). "Mariko—Folge deinem Traum". Zillo Medieval (in German) (2): 45. 
  2. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts - Jahrescharts 2005 - Top100 Single Charts". Djcharts.de. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  3. ^ "Qntal – Longplay-Chartverfolgung". musicline.de (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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