2017-08-18 Hagen new singer, Ike back in the band!

Our new singer is called "Hagen". And to compliment his stormy and gravelly voice we call him "Hagel", which is German for "Hailstone". He is an outstanding young man with a fantastic voice, which has an impressive range, from the highest scream to the lowest growl and he is eager to RAKKA TAKKA your asses. You can see him in the video. Welcome to Van Canto, dude.

The sample song is called "Voice Number Seven", by the way. Seven? Yep, Ike is back on board and will be active in the studio and at selected concerts, together with Jan, to bring some deep, double doom-a-bass to your ears.

We will not be anywhere for the rest of 2017, but we are preparing everything for some festivals, a new album and tour for next year. We're really looking forward to seeing you all again in 2018!

(Foto: Frauke Bönsch/

2017-08-14 Sly leaves Van Canto - new Lineup
Sly leaves Van Canto - new Lineup

Dear fans, friends and fanclub members!

Today I would like to announce my departure as lead singer of Van Canto.

Looking back on 10 years of an unforgettable band history, full of countless memorable moments, I would like to thank you all for your support and engagement to the band, your singing and the many concerts you brought your energy to and gave right back to us.

It was a hard decision to reach, I also had to make due to private changes. The spirit in every Van Canto fan and musician, will remain in my heart for eternity. Always forward.

As far as new Van Canto projects are concerned, I wouldn't say no to a guest appearance. It's all just a question of time management, how much I can be involved, and of course what the band's vision is.

I wish Van Canto and everyone involved all the best for the future, and fingers crossed that they have lots of new surprises and wonderful moments.

Just to say, I will have a smile on my face and a tear in my eye and leave you all with a resounding RAKKATAKKA MOTHERFUCKER!!!

Your Sly.

VC says...

We are all sad to learn of Sly's leaving the band, but we would like to mention it was not because of the famous personal/professional differences. Quite the opposite.
Sly, you will always be a part of the Van Canto family and we would be delighted to have you along at one of the "positive surprises", you wished for us, on the stage or behind a microphone
Time will tell dude, but friends will always be friends.

It is never nice when a band changes its line up and must tell everyone. We were going back and forth, but we noticed we all have too much energy and motivation to sing old songs and write new ones, play concerts, record in the studio, go on tour and to arrange plans together, rather than just quit.
Therefore, we will be presenting our new lineup on the 18.08.2017; and we would be more than delighted to have you all continue to accompany us on the strange journey that is Van Canto.

Sly, we wish you all the best - We're there for you.

Van Canto.

2017-03-14 Heavatar

Van Canto is taking a longer break at the moment. As soon as we have news to tell, you will read them here. Meanwhile, Stef is working on a 2nd Heavatar album - we will keep you posted!

2016-04-28 Original VOICES OF FIRE Dragon Amulet on ebay for SAVE THE CHILDREN

As announced on our VOICES OF FIRE Tour, we put the original amulet by OSMAR ARROYO on ebay. It was used for the cover of VOICES OF FIRE as well as for FEUERSTIMMEN. We put an additional item on ebay, a signed, hand-drawn drumskin with all tourdates.

The auction proceeds are given 100% to SAVE THE CHILDREN, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

Please support us by joining the auction or at least sharing this post. It would be awesome to have a great result for Save the Children. Thank you!


2016-04-20 Voices of Fire Tour is over - Thank you!!!

Van Cantians!

Our Voices of Fire European Tour is over! We are very thankful for the last weeks and very happy we met so many great people from all over Europe (and those who came to our shows from outside Europe, of course!).

A tour cannot be done without the greatest vocal crew on earth. Thanks to Jan (sound), Simon (light), Felix (monitor/stage), Oli (drums/stage), Saskia (merch), Laura (merch and family assistance), Tony (driving just-in-time), Paul & Beppo (filling in and helping out) and Lukas (police, security and dragon fighting) for the great support.

Thanks to our booking agency and our publishers for all the great work!

Thanks to our support acts Freedom Call, Sinbreed, Victorius, End of the Dream, Winterstorm and Dragony.

Special thanks go out to our main support, the migthy Grailknights and their Crew. It was wonderful being on the road with you, such kind, funny, relaxed people, great musicians and just the perfect Van Canto support. Let's do it again someday!

Very special thanks to our fanclub who showed up in so many venues and helped Van Canto Fans from all over the world to see our shows. You are awesome!

Osmar and Christoph, thanks for making this tour a special one. We are so happy you are part of the Voices of Fire team and it was great sharing the stage with you.

Ike, thank you for showing up in Frankfurt and adding some thunderous double bass action!

Most of all, we want to thank all Van Canto fans for packing the halls, making incredible noise, singing along, giving us the best time in our career and just being the greatest fans in the world. Thank you!

VAN CANTO, April 2016

2016-03-19 Voices of Fire - English E-Book

For all those who want to get the complete story of VOICES OF FIRE.
The novel by Christoph Hardebusch is now available as English E-Book:
Voices of Fire, Ebook on Amazon

2016-03-11 Voices of Fire out now!

Today is the relase of VOICES OF FIRE!


The novel "FEUERSTIMMEN" by Christoph Hardebusch will also be availabe as an english e-book "Voices of fire" and will be released next friday.

Our tour starts on March 18th, we hope to meet you! Rakkatakka!


Our new album VOICES OF FIRE will be available in 3 editions:

CD Digipak:
Mediabook (44 pages with Illustrations and Bonustrack):

2016-02-18 The Bardcall

Check out the official video of our brandnew song "The Bardcall".
The album "Voices of Fire" will be released on march 11th.

2016-01-15 Lyric-Video: Clashings On Armour Plates

Check out the opener of our upcoming album "Voices of Fire", "Clashings on Armour Plates"!

What does ‘van canto’ mean?

‘Canto’ descends from the latin verb ‘cantare’ and has the meaning ‘I sing’. Furthermore, in many languages it stands for ’singing’. ‘Van’ just completes the name and has no special meaning.