Alternative Swedish rock band Hong Faux have today released their highly-anticipated third full-length album Desolation Years, available now on all digital platforms via Golden Robot Records.
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 album opens up a hole in the gut and peeks inside to try to understand what’s going on in there.
The opener of the album head butts itself into existence. A classic Hong Faux track with the riff on top and the juicy parts below.Fornever
This big, arena-worthy anthem is a melodic journey with a huge chorus and a middle eight to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
What’s the point? This melancholic piece explores soulful and jazzy harmonics before erupting into a heavy stoner rock wrecking ball, whilst examining the will to be ruled out of the future.
Trains is the first single from the album. The song dives deep into the fury of an “ordinary man” over the craziness of the current state of the world. Bombastic, modern rock coupled with the rhythm and attack of hip hop. (Yes!) If this track doesn’t make your head move – have it checked!
The classic rock packaging of “New Vegas” contains a grungy vibe core.
The title track of the album is a heavy, doomy song, wrapped around a dark soundscape and the question, “Are we ready for the desolation years?”.
This supercharged, heavy song takes the listener straight to the middle of the dancefloor at Disco Necropolis – in for a penny, in for a pound…
Hong Faux claims to do “arena stoner rock” and this track is proof! Rhythm, riffs and a big sign saying: “Everything’s perfect here but nothing’s RIGHT!”
‘Starkiller’ flirts with the song-writing of the ‘90s. The song seduces with an americana-seasoned verse before launching into an arena-oriented chorus laced with big vocals and a universal message to get your sh*t together.
Whitman, Price & Haddad
Do you remember Whitman, Price & Haddad – basking in the Maui sun? …No that’s right, they’re ashes… slightly overdone…
The final track on the album is a lighter version of a riff that was once heavy. Is it ok for a heavy band to do a pop song? The answer is unquestionably yes!
Stream/buy Desolation Years HERE
ABOUT HONG FAUX
Ever since Hong Faux’s very first recorded notes that started their journey from blog, to magazines, to radio and MTV, people have tried to label the music and tried to figure out the meaning of the band’s name. A London promoter called it “Old school super sludgy riffology with blues wailin’ vox.” Listening to the songs ‘Present Tense-Less‘ and ‘Bad City Blues‘ on their debut album, it would be foolish to argue against such a statement. On the other hand, you’ll find the sound that brought together four guys with very diverse musical tastes and backgrounds.
One of the things the band 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 heavy stoner riff galore with strong melodic vocals that honour the harmonic complexity of the grunge era.
“Our ambition is to combine the guitar riffs from the 70’s, the grunge scenes more melodic arts from the 90’s 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 like to be tickled on the thighs every once and a while.” – lead singer Nik Serén.
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. You can count on Hong Faux delivering both weight and melody, just like they always do.