Bayanic (formerly Bajanic) appears every once in a long while to grace us with something special. This time, they are celebrating what they consider a new beginning with The End. A great instrumental track, this full, rock piece features some great and creative electric guitar work with a powerful solo, heavy dive effects, and excellent dual composition. The electronic drone and glistening bells in the background really round out the song and emphasize both the looming tension of an end as well as the bright promise that comes with new beginnings.
The Sovreign of Synthwave returns with a 15-track album full of 80s sound-inspired pony goodness! Seventh Element has always specialized in out-of-the-box sound design and style as evidenced by Equestria VHS. The songs on this album are based on the ponification of different 80s movies and references to phenomena of the time (usually centered around VHS tapes). Several sound bits are laced throughout to really help set the tone, like the clips of video tapes being inserted into VCRs, and rewind machines getting used.
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Oh boy it’s a Pony Life track! From the reigning kings of brony metal, PrinceWhateverer and Blackened bring us this high-octane bop as a great reminder that This Party Never Ends! The sound design is tight as you should expect from PW by now and the music falls somewhere between metal and pop-punk with heavy hitting drums and riffs mixed in with catchy and upbeat lyrics and guitar rhythms. Add some bells on top to keep things fun and lighthearted and you’ve got a great collaboration that will energize any listener! For those who have been around a while, you might catch some the nifty references to Pinkie’s Brew as well!
Ponies at Dawn: Ignite has brought us many incredible collaborations and this track features a power trio for the ages! Blackened Blue brings in the talents of some of the best guitarists and songwriters the fandom has ever known – Prince Whateverer and L-Train for a heavy, early 2000s sound. Spark features heavy metal chugs, record scratches, grungy vocals, and more! The guitar solo is as sick as one should expect with this team and the entire song is something that really needs to be experienced!
Quadrivia has been a staple of Ponies at Dawn for some time now and Amulet is a hard-hitting banger based around everyone’s favorite magician horse! This song features a heavy bass design with a few surprise twists along the way. The latter-portion of the track features a gabber-style hardcore section that goes super hard, adding to the intensity of an already exciting addition to Ignite!
For those of you that remember the great DuoCartoonist musical collaborations, a big part of those songs came from Spiral Harmonies (for those of you that don’t remember those videos – look them up right away!). After some re-orchestration, they have re-released the remastered version of Midnight Frenzy, a lively and very playful track based around Luna as a child, getting into trouble and having fun through the night. The orchestration is incredible with all the instruments building upon each other while Emily Koch’s voice shines as the incredibly lovable Luna character.
MirroredReality really came up with something interesting here as this remix starts off with an encapsulating synth riff. The track focuses more on the synth composition and a very room-y feel for the song with the sped-up and re-pitched vocals from the original song as a bonus instead of the main course. The drop is fun and sticks to Daniel’s vision with Mirrored’s own twist to make it more fun!
Night Blaze likes action-packed musical pieces and Facing Night Mare is a great example of that exact kind of exciting compositions. This track has a lot of moving instrumental parts from distorted guitars contemplating the powerful percussion, violins that introduce the tension, choir voices adding intensity, and much more! A tribute to the Princess of Night, you can feel the battle-like intensity in this track!
Studio Quinn has been pumping out a lot of music this year and the newest installment is this lovely duo with JustKat. Going straight from the song, the voices are soft and tender while the instrumentation focuses on a tightly tuned piano. The drums keep a good beat and there’s an added bonus of the interlude which features ska-like strumming to keep things fresh.