Today’s review is all about a really good gem we’ve come across, which is D-Verze’s The Internal album! Out on Spoontech Records, this is a showcase of what this label, and artist, do well: straight to the point, heavy hitting, quality tracks. Without further ado, let’s dive straight into it…
The album kicks off with a spoken word intro by the artist himself, regarding what the album is all about. Straight off we can understand that this album represents the ideas that the artist cannot express with words, which is somewhat relatable – after all, how often in our daily lives do we face ourselves with not being able to express what we really feel?
The second track is The Internal Monologue, which is kind of a follow up of the intro as it speaks of someone’s inner voice. Right after there’s a section with a punchy kick and a few echoey ambient elements that make the listener feel he’s in a spacious room. The break is similar to the intro and after it we’re treated to a dreamy melody. The build up is simple and the climaxes are straight to the point, adding the melody to top it off.
We’re then led through by The Introvert, a collaboration with Infirium. The mid intro features once again a really punchy kick, with a “crunchy” edge down below, along with some vocal chops echoing throughout, together with a kick variation as we approach the end of the section. The break is very soothing, with the vocal setting the mood and contrasting with the melody and the roughness of the climax that follows. The sidechained melody enhances the immenseness of the kicks. The layered vocals help a lot in the build up for the second climax, giving the track some gradual momentum until it hits.
Track number 4 is Unconditional. “True love is unconditional”, we hear right off the gate and then all breaks loose in the energetic mid intro, with some plucks in the background every now and then making the difference. The track quickly winds down for the break. The lyrics here remind us that there’s isn’t anything like true love. The climax hits you right in the face suddenly, which personally pleased me a lot and there seem to be some Trance influences here with the melody up top. An interesting element between climaxes is the heavily processed, robot-like vocal that gives the track that extra tiny bit of detail.
The 5th track is sort of an interlude, once again with spoken word vocals by the artist himself, the topic being love, and feeling loved vs giving love.
Next up is Painting Perspectives, with the amazing voice of Yuna-X, and remixed by the talented Hatom! First of all, it is really great to see a Hatom remix featured here as he’s an artist that we here at Wide Future appreciate a lot too. This is a rather unique take at the original, while still maintaining its vibe and melody. The start has a really cool breakbeat part, and there’s an effect up high that makes the track sound really funky, in a good way, carrying us through it like if it were waves carrying us through the ocean, and it features a pleasant, punchy kick!
7th track is aptly named… Pun Intended, and the mid intro has some acid elements and interesting kick variations. The climax is energetic and the crunchy bassline down below is pleasing on good headphones. The second climax is something that’s likely best experienced live. It takes all the elements introduced thus far and cranks them up to 11. The kick is absolutely insane. It’s strong, powerful and the acid elements complement it all. The vocals are rather funny and they’re what gives name to the track…
Isaac Newton died a virgin. That means I have one up on history’s greatest scientific genius – because I’m not dead…
8th track is named Crushed, but despite its name, it has a really soothing part at the start, with a clock ticking in slow motion, along with some ambient sounds and voices way far in the “horizon”. But of course, there’s also room or some punchiness and aggressiveness, which this track delivers well, albeit being seemingly a bit more simplistic than the others we’ve heard thus far. The track really comes alive as we approach the end.
We have yet another interlude, this time an humoristic one, reminding us to have some fun in life… And drink some beer! Which leads us to the next track…
In a complete twist, we now get a Techno track mid-way through, a collaboration with Minus 25 named Craftsmen. As some of our readers know, Minus 25 is Barry Stabij, which many in the Hardstyle scene used to know by Psyched (or even The I’s). Don’t let the lower tempo get to you: there’s also space for roughness in this track and some really heavy kicks, and some acid sounds (which are always welcome in my book), and you can hear bottles rattling and cups being filled throughout the track, which are rather funny details!
Darkening Contrasts is next in line, more precisely the J-Stranger remix of it. Comparing to the original, I believe this remix gives it a somewhat more cheerful twist, despite still being rather aggressive, with “in your face” kick and bass. It’s a pleasant revamp to a track that I honestly had forgotten about, unfortunately!
Let’s Dance is the 12th track, and it is a collab with Vyral. The vocals are quite funny here as well, and as expected from this sort of collaboration all hell breaks lose right at the start, as these two artists together were bound to make something both funky and hard. The vocals saying “I’m here to party” set the mood, and with a climax like this, we’d definitely do damage on the dancefloor. The melody is quite dark, which contrasts with the vocals nicely, and even if you’re just loosely interested in both artists you will still appreciate this track.
Up next is another interlude, this time with a breakbeat and a rap by the artist himself, about anger, which leads us to another track…
Small Amounts of Anger starts this last part of the album. The kicks match the name of the track, being rather unrelentless. The break features a gorgeous piano melody, and we once again see a contrast between this part and the overall theme of the track, equilibrating roughness and melody nicely. The “fake drop” before the climax also suits the overall theme quite well.
Shortsighted Society is the 15th track, and it is clearly sending a message to all of us who tend to be judgy. The high hats in the mid intro fill those little gaps up top and the kick is punchy, with a nice, round bass down below. Throughout one section there’s also an interesting element – the opera-like vocals in the background!
“To hell with this shortsighted society!”
The 16th track is Hate Inside. It kicks off in a dark way and a breakbeat inspired in the Industrial sounds. If you were expecting a Hardcore banger to finish off, you won’t get it, but you’ll surely not get disappointed either because it’s a nice way to finish everything off in good style, with a dark melody and a punchy kick. Not too much to highlight other than it is a simple, dark, straight to the point track.
This was a very pleasing album to hear. Most of the tracks have very interesting concepts and are very well made overall. D-Verze has also accomplish something I consider a feat – these tracks work well both individually and when listening in their intended running order for the album, which was evenly split through a few different themes. The only gripe I have with the running order is with Craftsmen. The track is great, and actually funny, but I believe a lower tempo track mid-way kind of broke the momentum. Most people are also used to Hardstyle artists finishing off in higher tempos, which was not the case here, but the album didn’t lose any points in my consideration due to that. In addition to all that, the outro track sent some shivers through my spine. That’s when you actually realize that you’ve just made a journey through a very personal piece of work from D-Verze. This is the closest you’ll get to actually being able to have a glimpse of this artist’s mind. It seems he put it all he has on this one… and honestly, the results shine through, as this is a top quality album from an artist that you barely hear about, unless you are a huge fan or keep an eye on everything Spoontech related.
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- Let's Dance
- Painting Perspectives (Hatom Remix)