Eurovision is back for another year, and this year we rooting for Hatari to replicate Lordi's triumphant success of bringing metal to the masses. But they aren't the only metal as fuck act the continent has had to offer. So let's take a look back at the most metal performances the avid Eurovision fans have ever witnessed.
Just one year ago, in 2018, Hungary's AWS got through to their National Finals with Viszlát Nyár and represented the country in Lisbon. The metal/post-hardcore band's videos often juxtapose images of violence with images of celebrity culture, attempting to bring to light world problems. This year's act, Hatari are similarly using their fame as a platform for politics and world issues – perhaps this is a reoccuring theme with the alternative Eurovision performances? It's definitely a far cry from the days of Lordi and their Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Following that now-infamous 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, where Lordi reigned victorious, the organisers must have realised what its audience really wanted: METAL. So in 2007 Finland's finest, Apocalyptica, featured as an interval act. While the band didn't compete, it was still great to see metal represented once again!
3. Alexander Ryback and Keep Of Kalessin
If anyone can remember much of Eurovision 2009, this dude named Alexander Rybak from Norway won the contest with his metal-as-fuck sounding song, Fairytale. In 2011, he returned with his backing band (okay no they weren't, they are Norwegian metallers Keep Of Kalessin who entered in 2010) for the most bizarre collaboration ever.
Probably the most legendary of the Eurovision wins, Lordi won the contest back in 2006 with Hard Rock Hallelujah as it was the first ever hard rock song to win. The Finnish band are a mash up of GWAR and Kiss, and stole the show in proper rock ‘n’ roll fashion. Reportedly, Mr Lordi takes 12 hours to get his make-up on every morning, much to the dismay of Mrs Lordi (we may have made that up, he only wears his full face on weekends).
5. Wig Wam
A year prior to Lordi, Norweigan rock'n'rollers Wig Wam competed – perhaps inspiring further metal bands to try out. Reportedly, lead singer 'Glam' said:
"'We would love to see rock'n'roll conquer the Eurovision Song Contest. This is a contest of glam and whoelse than us are the best representatives of this kind of music."
Well, they had their wish a year later – but sadly it wasn't them claiming the crown.
6. Max Jason Mai
Back in 2009 this guy called Miroslav Šmajda fancied himself as the next Kurt Cobain, but when he only came second place on the Czech Republic version of Pop Idol we can only assume he got inspired by watching Rock Of Ages and decided to remodel himself on Jon Bon Jovi. The result was Max Jason Mai’s Don’t Close Your Eyes. And fair play, the guy can belt out a good rock ballad.
7. Winny Puhh
This band didn’t actually make it past the Estonian rounds and into the contest but they are too bonkers to leave out. Their brand of metal is a rtad more more hardcore punk, but with upside-down drummers playing on the ceiling throughout the show, guitarists hoisted into the air and really bad wolf man make-up, there just isn’t anything more metal than that.
They've since branded themselves "Eurovision rejects", and you can catch them at the end of the month at London's Underworld.
Directly translated, this band’s name means “steel concrete” – you can’t get any harder or heavier than that! The band wowed us with their heroic performance of Missä Miehet Ratsastaa at the finals.
...As if Finland even needed to prove their metal worth any more, they’ve churned out more pure metal Eurovision gold than the rest of the continent put together.
We are clutching at straws by including this one (we’ll admit that Eurovision isn’t exactly known for its metal), but this entry from Georgia stunned us with their terrible Evanescence rip-off. We don’t know where the inspiration for their costumes came from – we can only imagine it was a mix of Russian national dress and Tron.
Despite enjoying major success in their home country since 1983 and having the best-selling Czech album ever, Kabát only received one point in 2007’s Eurovision semi-final. It’s surprising as the crowd were going wild for their high-octane performance…