Monarchy is a young Lebanese band of young people, with Omar El Hajj on Lead vocals, Alain Ibrahim on Guitar & Backing vocals, Sébastien Melki on Guitar & Backing vocals, Johnny Mouchantaf on Keyboards and Karl Sokhn on Drums & Backing vocals.
Monarchy released their first album “The Rise & the Fall at Lantis” on October 15th 2011 with a gig at Nova Pub in Sin El Fil. The album was recorded and mixed by Grind Studios’ Roy Naufal.
After several listens and being a prog music fan, here’s what I think of the album.
This album is complete in all sense, the music is great, the vocals are good, the concept is strong and the melodies are everywhere.
The intro is the most catchy part in the album, it really does its job of grabbing your attention and explaining the its concept. The piano melody is simple and perfect for the story telling. When it comes to the quality of recording, some weaknesses appear, but again this album was done with limited budget and Grind Studios’ Roy Naufal has done a great job considering the budget and the time invested.
The second track “Trial of Faith (The Rise)” is also one of the best tracks on the album. Great melody, consistent arrangement but a bit longer than it should be. All musicians show good skills and the recordings does not have much mistakes.