VAN HALST Nominated For Western Canadian Music Award ‘Metal/Hard Rock Artists of The Year’

VAN HALST Nominated For Western Canadian Music Award ‘Metal/Hard Rock Artists of The Year’

Supporting ‘Because I Am A Girl’ Benefit Concert – Toronto – May 28th

Out Now! New Album ‘World of Make Believe’


Upcoming Shows:

May 28 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Rock Cafe (Because I Am A Girl Benefit Concert) – Event info

Aug 18-21 – Nevis, AB (OurFest) – Event info

Photo Credit: Renee Robyn

Music Video – Save Me – Watch here.

Album Stream – Bandcamp | Soundcloud

     Edmonton, AB’s VAN HALST has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for Metal/Hard Rock Artist of The Year for their March 2016 release ‘World of Make Believe’. The awards will be held in Regina, SK on October 13th. For more info, please visit the following link here.

Vocalist Kami Van Halst comments:

“We are so grateful to be nominated for Metal/Hard Rock Artist of the Year. It is an amazing experience to be recognized for your art. We are very excited to attend the ceremony with all the other nominees in October.”

VAN HALST were nominated alongside the following:

Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year
KEN mode (MB)
Shooting Guns (SK)
Striker (AB)
Third Ion (SK)
Van Halst (AB)

In additional news, VAN HALST will be performing at this year’s 2nd annual ‘Because I Am A Girl’ benefit concert on May 28th in Toronto, ON at the Hard Rock Cafe presented by ARYA Concerts & Events. The benefit concert features all acts with female musicians in honour of of supporting and raising proceeds for Plan Canada’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ initiative, which helps to create a brighter future for girls in the developing world. For more info on Plan Canada, please visit the following link:

Vocalist Kami Van Halst comments:
“We are very excited to be apart of the fundraiser for the Because I Am A Girl foundation. Because I Am A Girl is a global initiative working to end gender inequality. This is something very important to us, we speak a lot about feminism in our music and believe that no one should be held back from achieving their potential due to gender or sex.”

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.

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

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