Van Halst – World of Make Believe (2016) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Van Halst - World of Make Believe - Album CoverI can tell you what they are not: Van Halst are not some sort of an Evanescence clone, as was suggested by some. Their début World of Make Believe features some pretty strong similarities for sure. But they don’t imitate the typical sound of the latter, nor should they. If there has been a typical style left, that is, after the unhappy departure of the old band around Ben Moody.

Van Halst deploy a much fresher and – I daresay – a more thoughtful brand of their own music. Too tough and more varied than the one of their alleged idols. And this is a good thing.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Halestorm - Into The Wild - Album CoverThis one took me some time to digest, I admit. Snivelling rage gone and replaced by what? Lzzy Hale growing old, going pop and blues rock on me? For sure this is NOT what we expected from Halestorm for their newest, lengthily announced 2015 magic potion Into the Wild Life.

It looks like Halestorm tries to jump on to the mainstream train. Which would of course be much more alluring money-wise than anything else that the band could generate screaming about outside, off the beaten track. But then, they do this mainstream thing Halestorm style, which is reassuring. Meaning with a lot of energy and thumping about.Got hooked? Raid this some more...