The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we journey to Hungary where metal band AWS has “Viszlát nyár” (Goodbye, summer). Were we caught up in the emotion of the song? Read on to find out!
AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
“Viszlát nyár” reviews
Luis: Hungary is not bringing a Eurovision song, it’s providing a public service: Eurovision so badly needed a great metal entry and here it is. “Viszlát nyár” is a rush, three minutes of pure musical adrenaline made of a surprisingly perfect blend of metal and melodic music. In a weird way, despite the language barriers, I feel a kind of connection with this entry. AWS are children of the early ’90s just like me, and the beginning of the song kinda reminds me of the openings of the many anime series there were on TV back then. These guys are the voice of a generation, y’all.
Anthony: It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a risky genre under Eurovision’s current format as Max Jason Mai flopped with a similar approach. AWS has given the instrumentals a bit of breathing space and to shine amidst Örs’ screaming moments. Hungary’s high-risk, high-reward strategy could either flourish or come crashing down. Good luck tackling the karaoke version, y’all!
Antranig: Let’s talk about how incredible this song is, shall we? Eurovision needs diversity and Viszlát nyár” definitely delivers just that. This might not have the biggest appeal in Eurovision circles but never underestimate the niche vote. I’m willing to bet a top-ten finish is in AWS’ future. Regardless of how it fares, this is a song that Eurovision 2018 needs and it’s an absolute delight to listen to.
Robyn: It pretty much goes without saying that “Viszlát nyár” won’t appeal to many typical Eurovision fans. But for others, it’s a treat. The song is full of gut-wrenching emotion, with a surprisingly solid pop melody at its heart. The mellifluous Hungarian language works perfectly with the song’s screamo style and creates a smooth path into the sonically rougher parts of the song. Packed with heartfelt emotion and in an authentic musical style, this is surely the sort of anti-fast-food music that Salvador Sobral wanted to see more of.
Steinunn: This is so what Eurovision needed, a good old scream of rock and head-banging. While some people might find this too aggressive I find it refreshing. It might not be my favourite this year, but it’s very good and an important unorthodox (in ESC standards) flavour that Eurovision needs to keep things interesting. The fact that it is in Hungarian gives it an extra oomph and even though I don’t understand a thing of what Örs is singing about, I can still feel the angst and the emotions, and that’s what it is all about.
William: This five-piece, post-metal group is cutting through all the disposable pop and delivering one of the most uplifting and daring performances of the year. They understand the fine line between shouting and singing, and the difference between singing and telling a story. In both instances, they get it totally right. Their coordinated movements aren’t forced — they suggest the band’s unity and shared sense of purpose — and the lead singer delivers his lyrics with total conviction and gravitas. He’s obviously singing from the heart (and the gut). The autobiographical message — his dying father speaking to him and telling him to move on — culminates in a breakdown where he shouts viszlát, goodbye in Hungarian. It’s totally arresting and worthy of a top-five finish.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.97/10
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