Metal isn’t accessible, it’s difficult to stage, and people won’t get it. Those were some of the comments floating around after AWS won Hungary’s national selection. Well doubters be gone! The Hungarian five-piece delivered one of the most complete rehearsals we’ve seen thus far. From the explosion of fire to the variety of camera shots, this is sealed, signed, delivered and ready to go.
Lead singer Ors — barefoot, per his preference — manages to make screaming sound like singing. He does so with passion and abandon, all informed by the story’s very personal narrative: coming to terms with the death of his father. When he shouts “goodbye” at the climax of the song he literally runs around the entire stage — around the main circular orbit, but also up and over the bridge. Is it a matter of moving from this life to another? From one stage of grief to the next? It’s open to interpretation. What’s more clear is that the song manages to pull on heart strings the moment you know the backstory.
The staging is at once simple but highly effective. They aren’t just using flames. They’re using flames. Their fire shoots high into the air and out of plumes and around every inch of the stage. The camera cleverly pans in on the drummer — and his gym-honed arms — adding a bit of eye candy. One shot that needs work is the moment when the guitarist falls backwards into a crowd surf. As it currently stands the camera is missing him.
To quote a Hungarian Eurovision fan, this isn’t a dark horse — it’s a rainbow-bright unicorn that is galloping straight into the final and will challenge for the Top 10 and maybe more. It’s loud, aggressive and somehow beautiful.
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Hungary: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
Hungary: First press conference 2018
Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU (Thomas Hanses)