Canadian Band of The Week: Van Halst


With the release of their first studio album, Van Halst will be celebrating by holding their CD release party in Edmonton, AB at Filthy McNasty’s on Saturday April 2nd, 2015 . Accompanying them will be, The Order of Chaos and Monarch Sky. This is be one you won’t want to miss.

Edmonton, AB’s VAN HALST is a fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal. A project, which began as a solo artist 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. Their forthcoming 2016 album ‘World of Make Believe’ was released on March 4th and before its release VAN HALST has posted a new music video for their track ‘Save Me’, which can be viewed below.
Vocalist Kami Van Halst comments about the video:
“Being that this is our first music video released, we wanted to steer clear of a storyline and simply present the band to the world. This video is intended to capture our stage performance and highlight the song. We shot the video in a building that used to be a chapel- we thought it was fitting considering the content of Save Me.”

Upcoming Shows:
March 31 – Edmonton, AB @ The Mercury Room (Wacken Metal Battle Canada)
April 2 – Edmonton, AB @ Filthy McNasty’s (CD Release Show)
April 29 – Calgary, AB @ Overtime Sports Bar (Canada’s Extreme Metal Radio Fest) – Event info

More about Van Halst:

The band’s influences stay true to goth rock, Kami Van Halst demonstrates 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 judgemental 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 Strathon J. Bajowsky (Havok Way) 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 main writing forces for the band are Kami and Scott working together to give listeners a vivid image of social injustices. The band’s live performance is a theatric experience as the utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.
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