Van Halst – “World of Make Believe” (2016)


Independent Release

Review by Tony Cannella

Van Halst is a Gothic rock/metal outfit from Canada. The band is fronted by Kami Van Halst and have just issued their full-length debut, “World of Make Believe”. “The End” provides an adrenaline fueled opener. Kami shows that she is equally adept at clean singing as well as growly vocals on this one as she is accompanied by gang vocals on the chorus. “Save Me” is another heavy one. Van Halst has been compared somewhat to Evanescence, and while at times I see some similarities, it is the heaviness of the songs and Kami’s diverse vocals that really set the two apart. Other highlights include “Ryan’s Song”, “World of Make Believe”, “Questions” and “Denying Eyes”. The songs on “World of Make Believe” have a lush, lyrical narrative running through the songs. Kami Van Halst passionately delivers each and every line with sincerity and conviction. “World of Make Believe” is pretty much a solid record. Is it perfect? No, but who cares. Van Halst has a great quality of presenting songs that are both listener friendly while still packing a rock-solid wallop.

Rating – 78/100



  1. The End
  2. Save Me
  3. Ryan’s Song
  4. World of Make Believe
  5. Questions
  6. Denying Eyes
  7. Monster
  8. Plastic Smile
  9. Put Him Down
  10. Perfect Storm


Line Up

  • Kami Van Halst – Vocals
  • Scott Greene – Guitars
  • Scott Fox – Programming
  • Steve Vincent – Bass
  • Brett Seaton – Drums

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