Part of the Mittelalter scene in German rock, Schandmaul formed in 1998, and included an arsenal of medieval instrumentation to augment their rock sound. The Munich based group was motivated into action at the idea of putting together a show of folk covers. Turns out the band ended up writing some of their own material, and decided to keep on with the project. The six piece group performed well at their first outing, and released a CD to the world entitled Wahre Helden (True Heroes) in 1999. After 2000's Von Spitzbuben und anderen Halunken (Of Rogues and Other Scoundrels), Schandmaul -- and the buzz they were creating -- were ready to take the next step, and the group signed a record deal. Festival appearances and touring soon followed, and in October of 2002 Schandmaul released album number three, Narrenköning (Jester's King), but lost bassist Hubsi Widman. Finding a replacement in Matthias Richter, Schandmaul (vocalist, guitarist, and accordionist Thomas Lindner, piper and flautist Birgit Muggenthaler, violnist, vocalist, and hurdy gurdy-ist Anna Kränzlein, guitarist of all shapes and sizes Martin Duckstein, percussionist Stefan Brunner, and the aforementioned Matthias Richter) released their first live CD and DVD, Hexenkessel (Witch's Cauldron). By the time of album number four (Wie Pech und Schwefel -- Like Pitch and Sulfur), Schandmaul had begun to crack the charts, and in 2006, the group scored a top ten with their offering, Mit Leib und Seele (With Body and Soul). ~ Chris TruePortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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