(8/10) That Stockholm, Sweden is a melting pot for rock and metal bands isn't new information. A lot of Swedish groups call the capitol of the Scandinavian country their hometown. Hong Faux belongs to them.
The four guys are now up and running as Hong Faux since five years and with "A Message from Dystopia" the rockers release a new album with twelve new tracks. Hong Faux name bands like Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro as the main source of inspiration. And indeed. The guys combine(d) some grunge-like song structures with some stoner elements that bring bands like Kyuss to your mind.
The new album continues with this tradition but the long player also became more melodic and pop. Fortunately the whole thing is still far away from commercial triviality, but it's a change in Hong Faux music.
Tracks like the grooving "Peter and Anne" still have those stoner moments. And also "Scars" and "No Exit" that are pure alternative rock with a harder guitar sound by not forgetting effective hooks.
On the other side is e.g. "Coming Through the Rye" that is kept soft and with a lot of melody. It sounds like Coldplay would have met the melancholic vibe of Pearl Jam. Intertesting? Yes, but maybe a bit too sweet.
One of the most interesting tracks on the longplayer is the title track that is the chosen one to end this record. It's a quiet and acoustic song that shows Hong Faux with all their feelings and emotions.
If you have been a Hong Faux fan in the past you might wanna give this album a test run first. I still think you will like it but it's slightly different and needs some time to reveal its whole beauty.
- Fire in the Hole
- From Now to Never More
- Coming through the Rye
- Bite the Bullet
- Two One None
- Beautiful Nothing
- No Exit
- Peter and Anne
- Red Eye
- I am Ishmael
- A Message from Dystopia
Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015