Monarchy is a metal band from Bucharest, founded at the beginning of the 90s, but reactivated in 2009. Since then, it has played numerous gigs and has gained the appreciation of the media, being labeled as energy metal – a label which suits the band’s style more than any other description. The public has become a fan of their live shows full of energy and has grown into a strong fan base, not only in Romania but also in the neighboring countries.
Monarchy’s unique style encompasses influences from heavy metal, hard rock, thrash and even power metal, in a smart and fresh blend, with powerful and personal lyrics written by the lead singer, Dragoş Creţu.
In 2009 the band released Jamming, a self-produced EP, followed two years later by Hysteria, a track not only full of energy but also very catchy. 2012 marks the release of their debut album, Feeding the Beast, a nine piece record that brings together strong riffs, mellow keyboard sounds and a strong, powerful voice, ranging from clean vocals to screams in a lightly manner.
Since launching their first EP, Monarchy plays many concerts and festivals in Romania, sharing the bill with big names, such as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Helloween, Tarja, Meshuggah, Sabaton, Hatebreed, Kreator, Moonspell or Lacuna Coil. In June 2012, Monarchy is invited to headline the Bulgarian festival Berkstock 2012. Monarchy`s show has such a huge impact on the Bulgarian promoters that an extended Bulgarian tour has been planned and arranged for the band, which unfortunately had to be rescheduled for 2013 due to the terrorist attack from Burgas in July.
September through December 2012, Monarchy embarks on their first national tour to promote their first studio album Feeding The Beast, being very well received throughout the entire Romania. Monarchy’s appreciation and fan base increased exponentially afterwards.
The greatest accomplishment though came in January 2013 when Monarchy won the Fresh Blood Band contest organized by the prestigious German magazine Legacy. The contest took place for approximately three months and initially included more than 50 bands, most of them from the German metal scene. Thanks to the fans who voted for Monarchy and the jury who appreciated its music, the band managed to win this seventh edition of the contest, being the only participating band from Romania.
Apart from the validation given to the Romanian rock music in general, winning the contest organized by Legacy brought the band a substantial prize: Monarchy won a record deal with a German label, the recording and production of a new album in Germany, as well as a promo period in Germany which also includes live shows.