Gothic rockers VAN HALST have issued a studio update on recording the follow up release to their debut album ‘World of Make Believe’ with famed Canadian producer Arnold Lanni, best known for his work with Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven and Simple Plan.
Van Halst commented:
“We are very excited and humbled to be partnering with Arnold Lanni on this new record. Arnold has written some amazing songs and we can’t wait to hit the studio with the new tunes we’ve written with him.”
“I’m excited to be working with Van Halst. I think their future is really bright! Not only is the band writing some great songs and ‘hooky’ memorable riffs, but Kami’s voice is one of the most unique emotional and evocative voices I’ve heard in a very long time. The juxtaposition of the band’s melodic sensibilities and Kami’s quirky singing style will make this project standout from all the other bands.”
VAN HALST released their debut album ‘World of Make Believe’ on March 4th, 2016 to great acclaim from the Canadian music scene, debuting #8 on the Earshot! Canadian college radio loud charts along with Canadian press commenting the following:
“Goth rock quintet Van Halst takes on feminism, body image and more with impressive debut.” – Beatroute (AB)
“Van Halst incites hope with World of Make Believe.” – Vue Weekly
“Van Halst’s World of Make Believe wants to educate” – Edmonton Journal
“A fine and courageous album from a band I have no doubt we will hear much more from.” – Hellbound
“If Evanescence and In This Moment dominate your stereo, we’d like to present your new favorite band. – Idobi Radio
VAN HALST wasa project that first began as a solo endeavour for whom the band is named after — Kami Van Halst, but 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 theatrical experience as they utilize full-costumes, make-up and stage props.