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]

Qntal at the 2015 Wave-Gotik-Treffen
Background information
GenresIndustrial music
Years active1991present
LabelsGymnastic Records, Stars in the Dark, Noir Records, Drakkar Entertainment
Associated actsEstampie, Deine Lakaien, Helium Vola
MembersSigrid Hausen (Syrah)
Michael Popp
Sarah M. Newman (Mariko)
Leon Rodt
Markus Köstner
Past membersErnst Horn
Philipp Groth (Fil)

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

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.


Studio albums

Year Title Label Peak positions
1992Qntal IGymnastic Records
1995Qntal IIGymnastic Records
2003Qntal III: Tristan und IsoldeStars in the Dark / Noir Records
2005Qntal IV: OzymandiasDrakkar Entertainment / Noir Records 71
2006Qntal V: Silver SwanNoir Records 74
2008Qntal VI: TranslucidaDrakkar Entertainment 77
2014Qntal VIIDrakkar Entertainment
2018Qntal VIII: NachtblumeDrakkar Entertainment


2003NihilStars in the Dark / Vielklang Musikproduktion
2004IlluminateNoir Records


  • 2008 – Purpurea: The Best Of, Drakkar Entertainment


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

Special releases

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

Compilation appearances

  • 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


Current members

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

Former members

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


  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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