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. There are enough Amy Lee wannabees strutting about the Gothic landscape and we don’t need any more of those.   [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!

Halestorm – Into the Wild Life (2015) – Review

This 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' is trying 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.