The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we head to Iceland, where the award-winning industrial, BDSM, anticapitalist, antiestablishment, techno, dystopian, homoerotic, bondage, sadomaso, demonic Icepop performance art group Hatari has their song “Hatrið mun sigra”. Do we want to frolic with these leather-clad unicorns? Read on to find out!
Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”
“Hatrið mun sigra” reviews
Robyn: What’s up with Hatari? Are they an edgy techno group? Leather-clad BDSM hotties? Political provocateurs? Beloved children’s entertainers? Art school kids taking the piss? Or all of the above? The strength of both the group and their song “Hatrið mun sigra” is due to that ambiguity. Hatari is what you need them to be. They promise to be one of the big highlights of Eurovision 2019, both on and off the stage, but at the centre is a really decent song, with a pure schlager core. There’s music in their message.
Bernardo: Daring, freaky and out-of-the-box, making it perfect for the Eurovision stage. Hatari and their “Hatrið mun sigra” won’t leave anyone indifferent. In all its edginess you can find small flavours that make this accessible to everyone without losing its essence. It was constructed to get you “WTF is this” but conquer you with multiple listens. While it’s not my cup of tea, I respect its goal and what it brings to the contest. Should be in the final.
Chris: Looking to end capitalism through the Eurovision stage? Sure, why not! Hatari’s brand of provocative parody is, in many ways, the perfect fit for the state of the world in 2019. Yes, they’re bound to annoy people and lose out on votes in places. But those who buy into “Hatrid mun sigra” and understand the band’s true intentions will likely come out in droves. If this is the revolution, sign me up.
Deban: The role of music in today’s society should go beyond saturated themes of love and lust. Hatari’s three minutes challenge cultural, political and socio-economic injustice with the power of industrial punk-rock. Provocative and at times sacred, “Hatrið mun sigra” is a sharp documentation of today’s woes helmed by two seemingly opposing forces. BDSM is the main visual driver here — like it or love it, you’re hooked from start to finish.
Jack: While “Hatrið mun sigra” definitely stands out against its semi-final competitors, it would be a weak entry in a field of other BDSM steampunk screamo songs and I’m wary of it garnering votes solely for being different. Despite what some would like to believe, I am quite certain that Iceland will not win with this. In a year marred with horrific attacks of hatred like the one in Christchurch — not to mention the contest itself being held in a corner of the world plagued with war and discord — I can’t imagine any scenario where juries or televoters will be voting for a song whose message is “Hatred will prevail and Europe will crumble” on the actual night of the grand final.
Kristin: What can I say about my own country this year? Hmmm… let’s put it this way. I’m sitting here with my SodaDream, daring to dream about an Icelandic victory. The ingredients may only be water and disappointment but there is nothing disappointing about Hatari and the way they perform “Hatrið mun sigra”. It’s edgy, it’s fresh, it’s in your face and they give it to you straight up. They serve this with some heavy beats and attitude and we may have the perfect recipe for a winning song. Finally Iceland has had its long overdue wake up call. No more vanilla — now it’s time for chocolate!
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 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 1 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.46/10
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