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Of course, Eurovision is usually pretty silly – it’s part of it’s an appeal but every now and then something genuinely subversive and weird finds its way into its boom bang a bang party.

Hatari are a techno punk band and are this years entry from Iceland with their song “Hatrio Mun Sigra” (“Hatred Will Prevail”) a pumping dark slice of electro metal about the end of the world. Is the song a call for a dystopian nihilism or a satirical criticism of the modern (social media) culture?

They are a fantastically camp, heavy techno, dirty disco experience who somehow morphed from their metal roots whilst retaining the shouty vocals and criss crossed it with a throbbing techno and death disco madness.

Think Queen Zee but more electronic, a camper Rammstein without the guitar riffs, a Frankie Goes To Hollywood that cums or a 21st century Virgin Prunes – they are that wonderful and we love them.

The enigmatic Icelandic band Hatari, consisting of Klemens Nikulásson Hannigan(vocals), Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson (vocals) and Einar Hrafn Stefánsson (drummer and producer), was victorious at the 2019 edition of the Icelandic Music Awards, winning the trophy for Act of the Year in the pop, rock, rap, and electronic category. This is a recognition for the group, who has been enjoying a growing popularity in their home country and beyond.

They are musically powerful with a pounding sex beat and visually fantastically outrageous and their entry is an apocalyptic piece of electronic throb about the end of Europe and the armageddon which is unusual for the competition but oddly magnetic fare for the song and dance competition.

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