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Brownie – Out On My Own (Covering Daniel Ingram) | Metal

Hey friend! Do you like CMC songs, but you get bummed out by their traditional orchestral arrangements? Well, never fear! Brownie has taken Apple Bloom’s sad soliloquy and given it a most triumphant metal twist! Brownie stays faithful to the original lyrics, giving them both a great melodic rock delivery and providing some satisfying screams as backing vocals to give the track a crunchy metal edge. The song opens with a full-on guitar attack backed by some great percussion, and after sprinkling in a little softer guitar melody, the video kicks in. The vocals sync up really well with Apple Bloom’s mouth, which definitely adds to the fun. As an added bonus, there is some fantastic guitar work and rock percussion that continues on after the original video ends, and there is a hilarious bonus message at the very end that almost made me fall out of my chair laughing. Overall, a most excellent effort by one of the stalwarts of horse rock!

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SeriousDamir – The Frost | Eurobeat

Did this Hearth’s Warming Eve come up a little bit short for you? Are you determined to cling to holiday cheer until you are absolutely certain that you have nothing further to fear from Windigos? Well, then might I suggest giving this excellent holiday-themed Eurobeat tune by SeriousDamir a spin or five! The fantastic instrumental opening sets the mood with both a wonderful sleigh bell rhythm and bell melody before the synth and drums kick in and launch the song into a blast of holiday cheer. SeriousDamir intended for this song to be an uplifting affair with the message that even though life can sometimes get you down you will always have friends who will help pick you back up, and the lyrics and vocals fit that theme perfectly. There are some really nice changes throughout the song where the Eurobeat melody is carried by the bells, keys, guitar, or vibraphone, and the artist also creates a nice choir effect heading into the chorus that compliments the main vocals really well. It’s all paired with a lovely lyric video complete with falling snow animation, so pour another glass cider and remember that good friends and holiday cheer will always be there for you!

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[P@D] NeverLastStanding & loophoof – Delusion | Electro

What a great tribute to Queen Chrysalis! I love the description that NeverLastStanding provided for the video, which explains the ebb and flow of the song between its darker, attacking passages where Chrysalis is at the height of her power and the lighter passages where she is biding her time and waiting to strike again. The song begins with the queen bug horse planning her latest attack and sets the table with lovely atmospheric effects, strings, and vocal chops before launching into a frayed, distorted, pounding melee where the synth waves do so well to personify the waves of changelings. The melodic break is a really great counterpoint to the “evil drops” and harder passages, almost allowing a sense of calm and happiness, but there is always something percolating at the edges of this tale, and it’s not long before the progression ramps up, not once but twice, to its final crescendo. The retention of the more blissful elements before distorting them during the final drop is really effective narratively. Though the song ends on a hopeful note, how long will we all be safe from such a tenacious foe?

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SCRATON & Vylet Pony – Wireless (PSFMer Remix) | Drum & Bass

You may be familiar SCRATON’s original “Wireless”, which was a mellow, if sombre, track that mixed some great instrumental elements with electronics and (in my opinion) sounded a bit glum before ultimately ending on a few hopeful notes. Vylet’s remix (also redone on her “Fairytales” album) added great vocals and atmospheric elements while upping the tempo, creating a compelling narrative delivered with scintillating urgency. PSFMer takes those outstanding Vylet vocals and combines them with a more subdued approach that is brighter than the original, incorporating a simple but effective bassline, snappy drums, fantastic atmospheric elements, and dreamy synths while making great use of the vocals. I love the layering of vocals throughout the song, and there are a lot of nice touches where they are tweaked to make them meld with the melody, often emerging and fading out, which adds some great depth to the track. The overall delivery is very chill, introspective, and engaging, and I hope that you will give it a listen and enjoy it as well! I would also like to thank PSFMer for the really great description of their process in the YouTube video comment and for linking to the previous versions of this track! Good on ya!

Cantersoft & Friends – Extended Theme Song (Covering Daniel Ingram) | Rock

What better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of FiM than with an awesome megacollab? Featuring some great vocal work and punchy instrumentals, this is a fantastic tribute to the show and is sure to evoke a pleasant feeling of nostalgia. It’s clear that a lot of love went into this song, and the effort was well-worth it! As a giant bonus, the accompanying video is a wonderful companion to the song and combines fan art and animation with great clips from the show. Please check it out and give these guys some love!

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JayB & Giggly Maria – Rain (Whirly Tail Remix) | Happy Hardcore

Whirly Tail has done it again, taking an absolute classic and giving it a magnificent Hardcore spin, creating a remix that is both true to the original and a legitimate original take. If you haven’t listened to the JayB and Giggly Maria original version, then please check it out! It’s a masterpiece that creates an amazing, enveloping atmosphere, and there is such a wonderful harmony between the music and vocals. I wish that more producers cared about melding a song together like this. What Whirly Tail does so well in this remix is to add urgency to the song, and the more percussive nature of this version shifts the listener into the storm itself. The vocals are now disrupted by the rain drops, the melody is caught in the deluge, and the song’s drops and choruses surge with electricity. The singer’s wish for rain has been answered with a torrent, but it’s a welcome one, and there’s nothing to do but dance through it! As the song comes to a close and the storm recedes, you just might find yourself wishing for your own delightful downpour.

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Toby Macarony – Accursed Magic | Alternate Electronic

Welcome to the party! Don’t worry–I’m sure that Pinkie’s friends were already like that when she found them. Finally, someone has addressed the need for more “dark western trap” (frankly a criminally underrepresented genre)! What’s great about this track (apart from being perfect for making your friends and family worry about your music listening habits) is how it takes elements found elsewhere on the “Shenanigans Two” album and twists them to serve its unsettling narrative. Choirs, synths, and distortion used to evoke wonder or adventure on other tracks create a foreboding atmosphere. The guitar that was a hero on “Chiptune Train” plays its last, tortured notes before never being heard from again. The grooving bass line, introduced after the instrumental opening, pairs with dark chimes to create a twisted music box melody. When joined by the guitar and ominous harmonica, it creates an amazing effect, completing Toby Macarony’s latest masterful layering of unlikely accompanying elements. The song jangles, rattles, and scratches its way to its dark conclusion as the light fades along with your hopes of escaping a terrible fate. All of this works amazingly well with the video, which in turn burns, wavers, and pulses to the music to great effect. To borrow from another Toby Macarony album title, this is grim, dark, and groovy stuff.

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Rubber – Equestria, 1:10AM (feat. ZD) (Prod. Prod Odist) | Hip-Hop

Rubber continues their run of strong hip-hop offerings with this fourth-wall-breaking collaboration with longtime fandom videographer and rapper ZD that was mixed and mastered by Nevermourn. Together they take a delightfully dark look at the unsettling and dangerous streets of Equestria in the early hours of the morning. Rubber’s and ZD’s creative lyrics flow nicely over the music box melody and beats. There’s even a great section where ZD delivers a spoken passage that has an awesome horror film vibe, which is a nice touch. The whole delivery works amazingly well with Rubber’s artwork, which manages at once to be comical and unsettling. A great offering for fans of hip-hop and anyone who likes their Equestrian music a little on the dark side!

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Harmonic Six – Someday | Orchestral

Harmonic Six continues their string of crafting heartfelt orchestral tributes to beloved series characters with this beautiful tribute to Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo! The song’s title and first half are reminiscent of the episode “Sleepless in Ponyville” where Scootaloo begins the episode hoping that “someday” Rainbow Dash will notice her and take her under her wing, which is evoked wonderfully through a soft, building orchestral arrangement. The song takes a dramatic turn midway through that echoes Scootaloo’s fall into a river and rescue by Rainbow Dash, who saves her from being swept over a waterfall. The song then returns to a more gentle theme, which seems very appropriate for two daredevils whose love of speed and adventure is ultimately secondary to their love for each other. Overall, the song has a wonderful cinematic feeling that successfully emulates the qualities of the movie scores that inspired it. The result is a really well-made, emotionally satisfying track that should not be missed!

Lord Sunfyre – Dear Sister | Pop Punk / Alternative Rock

If you want to create epic songs about pivotal themes in MLP, where do you start? On this rockin’ track, Lord Sunfyre takes us back to the first episode of G4 and explores Celestia’s psyche on the 1000 year anniversary of Luna’s banishment to the moon. How does Celestia feel about her time serving as Equestria’s sole ruler? Why weren’t we treated to an epic Celestia vs Nightmare Moon showdown? The artist offers an answer through some great lyrics and guitar work. Accompanied by a nice lyric video to help transport the listener to that moment, it’s a great first offering from a new horse rocker!