For the first time ever, Hungary has chosen a metal band to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest. The post-hardcore/modern metal act AWS came out on top in the seventh edition of the Hungarian national selection “A Dal” with its emotional song “Viszlát Nyár” (English-language translation: “Goodbye, Summer”) performed in the band’s native language.
AWS was founded in 2006 in high school by Bence Brucker, Dániel Kökényes, Örs Siklósiand Áron Veress. They were later joined by current bass player Soma Schiszler. Combining different elements of nu-metal, metalcore, post-hardcore and psychedelic rock, the band managed to produce three full-length albums, three singles and seven video clips during its 12-year existence. Following a decade of successful club shows and even major festival appearances from all over Hungary to Austria, Slovenia, Romania and the United Kingdom, the band was announced as one of the participants of “A Dal” in 2017.