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.

AWS — “Viszlát nyár”: Reviews and Reactions

Hungary: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018

Hungary: First press conference 2018

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Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU (Thomas Hanses)

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AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Honestly, every time he sings afterwards I’m like “Is his voice ok by now?”. It’s so hard to sing like that I think. The performance was amazing! Full of energy, pyros, intense lights! Outstanding!

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

The screaming is a vocal technique. He can turn it on and off and it doesn’t wear out his voice. I’m in awe of Örs’ talent!

Ally
Ally
2 years ago

Actually I find his voice pretty average compared to some singers from the genre, but ok, let’s see if he will improve.. Song is very good tho

iria
iria
2 years ago

Scream fest

Jo.
Jo.
2 years ago

They have the televoting on lock.

Jo.
Jo.
2 years ago
Reply to  Jo.

Reminds me “Suus”.

John
2 years ago

I honestly can’t see this not qualifying. I can see it coming top 10 easily in a contest where I don’t see a clear winner apart from Israel (and the changing odds reflect that).
I think a very different outsider could do well, just like Origo last year which I think surprised a lot of people.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Ha ha, I voted for Origo and that surprised me a lot! I first saw him in the final and, pack, I put a vote ( or more) on him!

Miguel
Miguel
2 years ago

A performance full of power and pyro effects. Great energy and great vocals.
This is not my cup of tea and I don’t like the song but I appreciate what they have done here. Well done.

Anitta
Anitta
2 years ago

This song is the favourite of the Albanian singer Eugent Bushpepa ..He had mentioned it in an interview ..but i dont like this kind music very much but anyway ..i wish good luck

Euphoric
Euphoric
2 years ago

Wow. There are better songs of that genree, but it’s good that this one eventualy appears at ESC. You can always count on Finland or Hungary if it is about hard stuff on Eurovision 🙂

I love and still listen to Softengine’s music (Finland 2014)

Maria
Maria
2 years ago

Terrible song. It is only shouting nothing else.

Oscillate
Oscillate
2 years ago

One of the best this year. Excited to watch the whole performance.

Anita
Anita
2 years ago

Yes! It is honest, it is so emotional, palpable rhythm, a story and everything . Bo open and let yourself into it and recognize the qualities it has. They were my favourite entry from SF2 before this and now I am so excited that they might end up top 5 in the Grand Final or even a Dark Horse to win?! There are more lovers of that kind of music than you suspect. They have been working together as musicians for 10 years now – and I love when it is not made especially for Eurovision but fits the spirit… Read more »

David
David
2 years ago

Definitely one of the best this year …

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

Hungary is probably the country that will benefit the most from Lisbon’s stage’s style. That video showing the pyro effects being tested was already very impressive. Just like Albania, this one will look like an arena concert, much more than an Eurovision act. I dig that. Of course it’s divisive (not just because many people don’t like hard rock, but also because hard rock fans can be very demanding), but I can see this is getting a devoted fanbase, so I believe it will go to the final and get a good result there.

Ally
Ally
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Lol, flames and pyros, it can’t be more Eurovision than that!

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Ally

I haven’t said that it will look more an arena concert than an Eurovision act because of the pyro (by the way, I believe Albania won’t even use pyro and I put them on the same sentence). It will be about the way a rock band uses the stage, the way they interact with an audience and the way rock concerts use lights. But yes, even the pyro can be different, because they fit the music much better than raining fireworks while a diva reachs a high note.

Anita
Anita
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Is there a link for the video you mentioned or are you in Lisbon?

Anita
Anita
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Thanks my dear!

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
2 years ago

Not my cup of tea, but I would welcome this in the finals to have a diversity of acts: enough divas, more diversity!

Nostradamco
Nostradamco
2 years ago

What is difference between Finaland 2016 and Hungary 2018 (one of wiwibloogs favorites and some eurovision fans on this bloggs). Song in both times is almost screaming , first sreaming 1,5 minutes and Hungary wili scream 3 minutes. We know how Finland pass in semi 2016 , they would out of TOP 10 in semi , only 10 place with televote and last place with juries with 1 points (that point came from Serbia jury).

lacrymea
lacrymea
2 years ago
Reply to  Nostradamco

Finland’s song was terrible. This one is superb.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago
Reply to  Nostradamco

2015*

Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim
Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  Nostradamco

PKN not Sandhja

Ally
Ally
2 years ago

His voice is not so good and don’t like that the rest of the band is somehow separated from singer..

jim
jim
2 years ago

i find it cringeworthy but ok

Curve
Curve
2 years ago

Possible success similar to their past entries.

Héctor
Héctor
2 years ago

Hungary and AWS are going to steal the show in the SF2! So much energy and power. A sure qualifier here, maybe not everyone, but definitely a standout. I predict, at least, a Top 5 in its SF and a Top 15 in the Grand Final, maybe higher. Good job guys!

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago

I think they will slay in the semis and also in GF! For me this is not metal, just an emotional and joyful catchy tune that I adore! 19 votes from me in the semi! Go AWS!

maca
maca
2 years ago

Hungary guitarist membe will jump in crowd real or fake crowd. If he fell in fake crowd , that means EBU allows Hungary to break rules 6 perrson on stage or hidden near the stage as backing vocalist or fake crowd

lacrymea
lacrymea
2 years ago
Reply to  maca

That’s the stupidest remark i’ve ever heard.

jim
jim
2 years ago
Reply to  maca

scandal!! ban them now

Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim
Netta is a feminist, bad bad. Im not a toy. Jim
2 years ago

Nyår means new year in swedish.
Viszlat Nyár = Happy new year
He sings about the new year.

Rome
Rome
2 years ago

hmm… mkay hun..

jim
jim
2 years ago

and why so much anger??? does he hate christmas?

David
David
2 years ago

The meaning in the lyrics are drowned and overshadowed by the loud aggressive screaming and shouting. This might qualify but it is definitely NOT getting near the top 10.

Donald duck
Donald duck
2 years ago

Is perfect song for the nostalgics from 50 years old , but i think is not for 2018

Zolipop
Zolipop
2 years ago
Reply to  Donald duck

Without any negative criticism, I don’t think it feels older than last year’s winner.

Candy
Candy
2 years ago

Can you guys please ask AWS if it’s true that the song is written from the perspective of the father?

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Candy

The chorus is the dying father.

Åri
Åri
2 years ago
Reply to  Candy

That’s correct. The whole song is about the father preparing his child for the inevitable.
As the English version of this song (Summer Gone) is a literal word by word translation, it can explain the story better than I can to you.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

This song is unique in a good way this year, and seeing the rehearsal went well will further prove the haters wrong. But you guys are right, metal isn’t for everyone.

lacrymea
lacrymea
2 years ago

It’s my hands down winner this year. There’s just something very special and compelling about this entry. I trully hope Europe shows it the love and respect it deserves.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago

Possible semi final winner? How awesome would be that!

Denis
Denis
2 years ago

This was something. I think it might be to out there ton really work for ESC. Plus it’s to shouty. Still good on them for being bold and risky!