QNTAL - QNTAL VII
Released 2014 by Drakkar Entertainment
German electro-medieval band Qntal is back with their seventh album simply titled "Qntal VII". Always staying away from trends and entertaining themselves as best they can, Qntal has headed multiple gothic, industrial, and fantasy festivals, and combines music from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. They adapts literature from Lord Byron, William Blake, and Markus Heitz. This is a form of music that you really wouldn't find yourself listening to out of the blue, but if any of the previous words I typed down has fancied your interest, I suggest taking a look at them.
What's fascinating about them in all regards is just how well they're able to translate age old tales into modern day music. One of my favorite poems by William Blake makes its mark on the album with Qntal bringing 'Tyger' to the electronic age. Utilizing percussion for the most part alongside chimes and dual vocals, the song came out lovely.
Praise should also be handed to this act for their understanding of the ages these songs come from; yes, old mixes with new, and a sort of spiritual, dancey album emerges, but the roots are not forgotten. I mean, this should be expected as they've been making music since the nineties. They've pretty much perfected their formula for what they do, and you'd be hard pressed to find another act quite like them.
The only song that I really didn't enjoy on the album would be the last one, 'Nox Aeterna'. I think it was the inclusion of wobbles within the music that threw me off and made me dislike it, however, to each their own. Plus, the rest of the album was superb, so I can't really complain all that much.
Either way, whether you're a listener of Qntal who dates back to when they first started to produce music, or just someone who just got introduced to them, you can't go wrong with "Qntal VII". Seventy four minues of electro-medieval loveliness completely reigns over the album, and if you're a fan of folklore, fantasy, or just beauty, then look no further than Qntal.May 02 2015
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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QNTAL - Qntal I is available at POPONAUT from 13,75€