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Crusader! – My Dragon Waifu | Pop Punk

Perhaps echoing the classic Tubby Wubby Pony Waifu, Crusader wrote an upbeat yet rocking tune about the #1 dragon waifu choice Ember! This is sure to please the enthusiasts of Tsundember love, with the catchy anthem conveying all of our feelings in harmony, along Crusader’s lovely vocals!

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Spikey Wikey – Party’s Over VIP | Gabber

We’re all mad here… A most tasteful re-imagining of Party Of One, this story-centered renewed take on the collab Party’s Over by Spikey has also got a short fanfic to go along with it (dark content warning!), and by reading it prior you really get to appreciate all the next-level story-telling in the track! This is part of a brand new album from the musician, also titled Party’s Over!

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Viricide Filly – This Place Will Never Let Me Leave | Album | Experimental / House

Viricide Filly brings around a brand new and brilliantly experimental album named This Place Will Never Let Me Leave. Introduce yourself with the title track, a melodic exposition that shows to you the noisy ambitions and grainy invasions of the album. Stick around for the trance-like air and eerie vocal samples of Face Your Fears, You’ll Disappear and All As Small As You, the sinister, silent, and uncannily ambient finisher On the Other Side of the City, and the crunch of the melodies in Glacia Maxima. Eleanor’s Elegy, acting as my personal favorite on the album, incorporates intricate rhythms and piercingly melodic chords. Industrial influences run strong with this one, especially with the track climbingclimbingclimbingCLIMBING. Such influences make it very reminiscent of witch house. This album also includes a consistent narrative to it, shown by the artist’s description and naming. If you wish for a refreshing interpretation of house music, I’ve no doubt this album will satisfy any of those yearnings.

Editor’s note: Also check out the mane album Yet Sightless!

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[P@D] Niłch’i Poni – Memories of Ambrosia | Downtempo / Liquid Drum & Bass

An absolute masterpiece taking you emotionally from the very start, Niłch’i Poni‘s contribution to Ponies at Dawn Eternal is an experience to say the least. Taking you through unknown realms, showcasing insane sound design and captivating atmospheres, the piece then uplifts you with the power of DnB with such an intense part, complete with deep bass and here again, a lot of emotion to complete the otherworldly journey through sound. A pre-release from Drumscape Library!

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Djohn Mema – It’s Nightmare Moon (feat. Cyril the Wolf, SlightlyAmiss, Pinkaboo & Blackened Blue) | Metal

We can never get enough fan songs about classic themes, and these cool lads understood that very well. A lovely collab from Djohn Mema featuring Cyril the Wolf, SlightlyAmiss, Pinkaboo and Blackened Blue, this new Metal treat is quite impressive as it sings in the perspective of Nighmare Moon and there’s some kind of voice acting to it too, and that is definitely one of the many special powers of the genre. The doomsday keyboard melodies are amazing to act as the harbinger of the mare’s wrath, as the heavy guitar riffs reflect all her suppressed feelings so well. A masterpice for sure!!

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[P@D] Blackened Blue – Set In Stone | Metal

Part of Ponies at Dawn Eternal, this pre-release is giving a taste of all the delightful rock/metal gems that you’ll find on the album. I’m happy that Blackened Blue is kicking it off on YouTube, with such a lovely and deep tribute to the Pillars of Equestria! All of Blackened’s mastery of the genre was used to craft this piece of many wonders that will take you through several vocal styles and a rich instrumentation with all those blissful rock instruments that we love. Give it up for Blackened, who’s also helping out in here at Horse Music Herald!

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Forest Rain – The End of the World | Punk Rock

Forest Rain has just put out her second album of the year: a 12 track concept album about an apocalyptic war breaking out in Equestria. It starts out with an eerie spoken word intro featuring the voice of actor Reagan Murdock followed by a dark organ melody along with the voice of a female leader addressing the nation to stay calm before the haunting sound of countless screams can be heard, which is then followed up with the first full track, The Fight. It’s a fast-paced punk rock track coupled with orchestral strings and bells along with Forest’s powerful vocals and amazing guitar work to set the mood for the entire album.

For the first half of the album, the album charges forward relentlessly with uptempo rock tracks with soaring choruses and the occasional guest spot; Borders Fall features guest vocals from Wubcake, Steel Chords and Cyril the Wolf to add character and freshen things up some, and We Stand features Whirlwind, performing live drums. The album’s halfway point – The War – brings things down quite a notch in intensity, turning somber as if to represent the dystopian aftermath of Equestria after the war. Following this track is Beacon in the Dark, one of the more unexpected tracks on the album. It has a more electronic backing, and also showcases Forest rapping with ferocity in each verse.

Overall, this album as a cohesive whole is undeniably excellent and powerful, and tells the story presented with precision. Standout tracks are The Fight, The Battle, We Stand, Beacon in the Dark and In Memoriam, but for the best experience, I highly recommend you listen from beginning to end. The album is fresh off the presses on Bandcamp, and also currently has a limited run of jewelcase CDs, so get them while they’re hot!

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Dijit – Peppermint (feat. Puffy) (DeaDmau6 Remix) | Future Bass

Quite an emotional remix of Dijit‘s original track, this new musical endeavor by DeaDmau6 is giving a new spin to the original vocal chops with this slower play, and provides a new instrumental accompaniment that empowers the emotion gotten from the chops with a powerful deep bass and ambient melodies. That makes for such a creative contrast and dynamic with the vocals, and sparks a certain magic that I couldn’t explain with words.

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BaconHairGirl – The Sun Will Rise Soon | Chillout

For Sunset Day and in tribute to our beloved unicorn-turned-human, BaconHairGirl created this very soothing piece that reflects so well the deserved peace of mind and the resolve that the strong girl got after all that happened. Definitely picturing much character depth, those melodies are quite emotional and this song makes for the perfect music to listen to while reflecting on your own life and past, gazing at a sunset, with these characters in your heart!

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[ASOS] Night Blaze – Elements of Symphony | Orchestra

Night Blaze returns with their contribution to ASOS: Waffle – track 38 and the album’s closing track – Elements of Symphony. It’s an orchestral number that feels hopeful, steady and calming. While there’s only a small ensemble of a piano, strings and the odd percussion, the track feels full and beautiful. An absolutely wonderful way to close off an already brilliant album!