Unfortunately, in 2016, Trần Lập — the frontman and composer — passed away after his battle with cancer. Bức Tường was in danger of disbanding, potentially leaving their 2014 album Đất Việt as their last.
But the members of Bức Tường decided to continue their unfinished journey.
Vocalist Phạm Anh Khoa, a talented rocker, was chosen as the new lead singer. Trần Tuấn Hùng — the current leader of Bức Tường — said, “We don’t want anyone to replace Lập’s leadership position. But to move on, Bức Tường needs a vocalist to deliver new compositions. Phạm Anh Khoa has been performing with us for a long time. His voice matches the music and style of the band in the new period. We’re collaborating well for many reasons.”
With Bức Tường’s new member, Con Đường Không Tên (The Unnamed Road) officially marks the return of the veteran rockers after six years. The album consists of 10 new songs written by two members, Trần Tuấn Hùng and Vũ Văn Hà. The songs have a strong and resilient spirit. Bright, upbeat melodies with compelling rhythms remain the band’s main theme throughout the album. But new sounds have also been introduced, reflecting changes in the band’s evolution.
When releasing the song “XXV” in early 2020, it marked the band’s 25th anniversary. Sharing how they coped in making their way forward without their late leader, the band said, “Just as in our music, everywhere we walked was roses, but our feet were in pain because of the thorns.”
Source: News | Billboard