I 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. [...]