VAN HALST Ask The “Questions” With New Music Video Premiere On Femme Metal Out Now!

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Canadian gothic rockers VAN HALST are asking the ‘Questions’ with their new music video exclusively premiered here on Femme Metal. The video emphasizes to viewers a strong message to take action against domestic violence and rape culture among many other issues that vocalist Kami Van Halst writes in her socially conscious lyrics. (If you wanna know more about this matter we recommend to check out our interview here)

Kami Van Halst comments:

“Questions” is a very important song for us. There is so much victim blaming in our society and we wanted to draw attention to this issue. My sister (Brittney Grabill) and I wrote this song in response to a series of sexual assaults that were happening in our home town. We were appalled by the lack of focus on the perpetrator and the questions being asked of the victims such as “Well what were they doing there in the first place?” We need to stop putting the blame on the victims and shift our focus to preventing these altercations in the first place. People need to understand that violence and abuse towards another person, any person, is not ok.”

Please be advised this video shows scenes of violence towards women. This is intended to raise awareness about victim blaming.

Watch “Questions” at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fx7AGNqYew

VAN HALST released their debut album ‘World of Make Believe’ on March 4th, 2016 (of which you can read our review here), which is now available on iTunes and Bandcamp.

A full album stream can be heard at the following link https://vanhalst.bandcamp.com/album/world-of-make-believe 

Plus the following videos:

“Save Me” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAq7jXBPSqM

Lyric Video – “Questions” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJyR-ua_xaM

About:
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

For more info, please visit www.vanhalstmusic.com