Saturday, August 20, 2016

VAN HALST Kick Off Western Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian goth rock / metal band VAN HALST will be hitting the road for a Western Canadian tour presented by The tour will kick off at OurFest in Nevis, AB on August 20th and include a performance at this year's Metalocalypstick Festival in Valemount, BC on August 27th to wrap up with a hometown show in Edmonton, AB on September 4th. 

A fierce, empowering force of hard rock fused with metal with strong 
socially conscious lyrics and advocacy for female rights, VAN HALST recently released their debut album 'World of Make Believe' on March 4th, 2016, which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

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 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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