Van Halst announce guitarist Tara McLeod (Kittie) will be joining their line up and performing her first show with the Canadian goth rock / metal band on November 20th in Toronto, ON supporting September Mourning at the Hosrseshoe Tavern. Full details here.
“We are super excited to have Tara joining the project. Not only is she a phenomenal guitar talent she is a remarkable person. We’re very excited about the future.” comments vocalist Kami Van Halst
A fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal with strong socially conscious lyrics and advocacy for female rights, Van Halst released their debut album World of Make Believe on March 4th, 2016, which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
A full album stream can be heard at the following link https://vanhalst.
Check out Metalholic’s recent interview with vocalist Kami Van Halst.
Van Halst, a project that first began as a solo endeavour for whom the band is named after — Kami Van Halst, has since become a full group producing socially conscious, lyrical tracks that focus on disenfranchised and marginalized populations. The band’s influences stay true to goth rock with Kami Van Halst demonstrating an agile vocal delivery in combination with pummeling growls. Lyrically, the band draws from black metal due to its focus on people suffering from isolation and rising to overcome the preconceptions of a judgmental society. In This Moment’s industrial fusion remains a primary influence for Van Halst, employing a sampler, synthesizer, and distorted vocals.
Kami Van Halst dominates as the vocalist performing both growls and soaring vocals (Surviving Suzanne), Scott Greene (Derina Harvey Band/Dirty Pool) and Tara McLeod (Kittie) craft the guitar work while Brendan McMillan (bass) (My Darkest Days) and Brett Seaton (drums) (Cultured by Fire) drive the rhythm section of the band. Kami’s range and virtuosic vocal ability always captivates an audience and her attitude on stage truly delivers the meaning behind the songs. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.
1. The End (4:31)
2. Save Me (4:12)
3. Ryan’s Song (4:11)
4. World of Make Believe (3:46)
5. Questions (3:23)
6. Denying Eyes (4:08)
7. Monster (3:29)
8. Plastic Smile (5:11)
9. Put Him Down (4:33)
10. Perfect Storm (4:44)
Album Length: 42:14