Sunday, February 25, 2024

Hong Faux’s  Desolation Years

Sweden’s Hong Faux release a video for new single ‘Starkiller’ that you can check out at RAMzine.

Starkiller’ is the second single from the Swedish rockers new album Desolation Years, out now through Golden Robot Records. Flirting with the song-writing of the 90s, this track is said to seduce you with an Americana seasoned verse before throwing you into an arena chorus laced with big vocals and a message to get your shit together.

Desolation Years is Hong Faux’s much anticipated third full-length album and follow up to A Message From Dystopia. The album opens up a hole in the gut, and peeks inside to try to understand what’s going on. Heavy riffs, melodic passages and the witty musical turns that characterise Hong Faux are all there, but this time with a modern twist. Introspective lyrics in a tug of war with heavy riffing and melodic transitions in a dark soundtrack to modern life are the building blocks of Desolation Years Hong Faux’s attempt at painting a musical picture of the void between how it is and how it should be. 

The single  ‘Starkiller’ can be ordered here, and Desolation Years  here.

‘Trains’ was the first single kicking off Hong Faux’s third full length album. The song dives deep into the fury of an ordinary man over the state of craziness in the current world. Bombastic, modern rock coupled with the rhythm and attack of hip hop.

The single can be ordered here and you can check out the video right here at RAMzine.

A band of diverse musical tastes and backgrounds. One of the things the members all dig on the same level is the harder bands that came out of Seattle in the early nineties. So, all put together, with a few added ingredients, you get the heavy stoner riff galore with strong melodic vocal parts that honour the harmonic complexity of the grunge era.

“Our ambition is to combine the guitar riffs from the 70s, the grunge scene’s more melodic arts from the 90s with modern rock. We have always enjoyed pop choruses and were convinced that the harder rock crew would think we were wimpy. But we were wrong… I guess even the cool dudes likes to be tickled on the thighs every once and a while,” said lead singer Nik Serén.

In 2012 they debuted The Crown That Wears The Head and it did particularly good business in Germany, the band being invited to do a one hour TV broadcast at the legendary Rockpalast, sharing the bill with Rival Sons.

In late October 2015 Hong Faux released their second full length album A Message From Dystopia that musically, as well as lyrically, took a look at modern life through the lens of someone on the fringe of society. The album was co-produced by Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, In Flames).

“We’ve never been afraid of being accused of not being real- we’re real. We make hits because we’re good at it and humans have a predisposition for good melodies – even the ones that deny it,” declared the band of their success thus far.

The four-piece has done shows all over Europe, sharing stages with such diverse bands as D-A-D, Clutch, Graveyard, Danko Jones, Coheed And Cambria and Babyshambles. 2022 will see the release of new material, developed sound and live shows.

Previous singles include ‘Coming Through The Rye‘ – A melancholic piece, its intent is to harmonise childhood trauma through the filter of the classic book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. It was frequently released and played on European radio stations as well as music television shows and became one of the band’s biggest hits. It is still available to order here and you can check out the video here at RAMzine.

There was also ‘Drop the Reins‘ – a heavy riff-based track and is apparently written exclusively as a homage to Miles Davis and rock n’ roll. Can you spot all the Miles-references on the video featured here at RAMzine? Either way, if you like what you hear it’s available here.

Before that was ‘Feign Death To Stay Alive’, featuring Swedish superstar Titiyo on vocals. It can be ordered here and you can check out the video here at RAMzine.



Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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