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Artist: Monarch

Title: Monarch

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1998

Label: Frontiers (Italy)

Catalog Number: FR CD 011


Jim Dorian lead and backing vocals
Ralph Santolla guitars, bass, keyboards
Roger Stephan drums
Sean Philips additional guitars
Ivan Haledhim guitar solos
Todd Plant backing vocals


1.  City of Lost Angels  4:37
2.  Sunday Morning  4:31
3.  Love Takes Forever  4:45
4.  Just Yesterday  5:11
5.  Tonight  4:07
6.  Pagannini  1:17
7.  Scorpio  4:02
8.  Eva  4:05
9.  Survival  3:38
10.  Weren't You the One  3:38
11.  A Winter Song  4:09
Total Running Time:  44:00

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Existing comments about this CD

From: M. Allen Date: January 8, 2003 at 19:38
In the realm of melodic hard rock, this band, led by the searing axe-work of guitarist Ralph Santolla (Millenium), deserves to be recognized. They crank out some sizzling stuff with sharp hooks, memorable choruses, & multi-layered backing vocals, creating a sound that should appeal to fans of Von Groove, Casanova, Crown of Thorns, & bands of that nature. In short, while you won't consider this CD the crown jewel of your collection, odds are you won't want to just use it as a coaster either.

From: koogles Date: January 27, 2003 at 2:12
WOW! Does singer Jim Dorian ever sound like Sebastian Bach on "City of Lost Angels"!! Then, Monarch throws a curve ball and delivers a melodic gem in the centre of the AOR strike zone with "Sunday Morning". The rest of the CD maintains this high calibre. If you like C.I.T.A., Total Stranger or the bands Mark Allen listed above, you can't go wrong with this kickass CD. (If it sounds like I dug this more than Mark, you're probably right!)

From: Eugenio "Waite" Date: January 29, 2003 at 0:16
I agree! Very good, The first song is the greatest but the rest is worth listening also. Clean catchy hooks by master R. Santolla. If u like Milleniumīs work u canīt go wrong here!

From: Rycheage Date: July 2, 2003 at 21:36
The tracks here are solid and heavy, but have a stack of melody and plenty of guitar solo's and riff's. The style traditional melodic hard rock like any Yngwie, Scorpions or Dokken album. The songs can tend to get a little same-ish towards the end, but it's pretty solid nevertheless.

From: wendal09 Date: September 18, 2003 at 11:53
ugh, not as good as I had hoped. The vocals make me cringe at times. Not quite as strong as I prefer. The guitar is great but sometimes the production seems "thick". I got it off e-bay, and back to e-bay it goes!

From: Todd T Date: July 12, 2004 at 23:03
Saw Monarch at a house show recently and they were unbelievable. I had heard a lot of hype about them through some friends. I have to say that their rumors all turned out to true. It was just so unbelievable. This is a band that will soon be going placed with the same prestige as lamb of god and so many others (if they want it). Go GUYS!

From: Border Rat Date: September 16, 2004 at 19:16
I have enjoyed this cd.The only track I don't like is the instrumental and it's Paginnini.The vocals are OK but the guitar work is excellent.RALPH SANTOLLA really does shine here.The music is along the same lines as early SKID ROW in places.This is a cd that you will be pleased is in your collection.

From: Geoff Date: September 19, 2004 at 0:35
If you love Teer, if you love your melodic rock heavy, this is essential. 'City of Lost Angels' gets things going in all it's riff-heavy glory, 'Sunday Morning' is easily my fave and truly as melodic as it gets - OUTSTANDING SONG! Of the rest, the songs are consistently good and very melodic too. Killer riffs, like on 'Eva' (Another gem). Overall, very good, solid melodic HARD rock CD.

From: z4roxx Date: January 18, 2005 at 20:25
What an amazing cd!Maybe one of the finest where feature R.Santolla.if you like bands such as Teer,Dokken and Gemini(debut)this is a cd for you,enjoy!!

From: z4roxx Date: January 18, 2005 at 20:42

From: Erik Date: January 19, 2005 at 3:34
Great album. And yeah if you like Teer, as i do, then you cant go wrong here.

From: Erik Date: January 19, 2005 at 3:39
Oh yeah and Sunday Morning and Survival are absolute KILLER tunes !

From: hair metal again Date: December 15, 2015 at 2:24
excellent hard rock release by MONARCH indeed!if you like bands like SAVANNAH,TEER,EMERALD RAIN,MALMSTEEN,DOKKEN i guess that you can find many things into it!Jim Dorian s vocs are much better than his earlier average try ,Ralph Santolla s guitars are strong with nice riffs and only the production is thin at sometimes!"sunday morning" is a sensational song with "love takes forever","just yesaterday" being very good too.nice stuff

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