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LABEL: Sheffield Tunes RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2019 GENRE: Hardstyle
// review by SoyBomb

The true meaning of "wicked".

Ever since the departure of Phil Speiser and the introduction of Sebastian Schilde (a.k.a. "Nacho"), the current incarnation of Hamburg trio of Scooter has been trying to recapture a bit of "party Scooter spirit" from the band's younger days, but after a couple of ermmm... singles... They haven't really proven they can return to their high-flying days, nor have they displayed much versatility and flexibility in their new singles, instead choosing to sound like, well, everyone else. In October 2019, they released a new single, "Devil's Symphony", and... well, they're still not changing anyone's mind.

Seven writers strong, Devil's Symphony is, to put it bluntly, a mess starving for ideas. Heavily influenced by the composition styles of the previous two tunes, the main melody is practically pulled from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake", alongside a female vocal telling off the devil bringing her to the other side...although she refuses because there's partying to be done. They also stop in the middle to let a choir do the singing. (According to the credits, there is a children's choir doing the chanting. I highly doubt this.) To end off, they basically yoink away the ending of "Move Your Ass (Noisecontrollers Remix)" by speeding up the melody but throwing a hardstyle beat over top — they saw how popular that remix was and did the exact same thing, except with a more pathetic bass drum. Frontman H.P. Baxxter's vocals sound oddly polished; I'm not sure if he's ever sounded so processed.

Devil's Symphony, unfortunately, suffers from sounding repetitive halfway through, and in the end, it's a one-listen track before moving on. The core fanbase has reacted with a giant shrug of the shoulders on this one, and so have I. Devil's Symphony isn't terrible, but given the number of "writers" involved, you'd think they could have pulled off something more impressive than just cranking out classical music with a hardcore synth. If they keep up this trend of just trying to sound like what's popular, rather than doing what feels right, this could very well end the long-running career of Scooter. Try harder, fellas. Take a risk.

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