(Warning: The following album has strong adult language, and intense horror themes. you have been warned.)
This article was Co-written by Nevermourn and DrakeEmberHeart.
If you’re looking for something really out there, or if you’re feeling adventurous in the realm of the brony music community, then my partner for this article, Nevermourn, and I want to point you to Equestrian Terror Corps’s first compilation album, “COREQUESTRIA Vol 1: Ponyville”. From listening to this Album, it’s very different from a lot of electronic music out there in the fandom. The theme of this album is horror, chaotic and disturbing electronic music that tells the tale of a disorated Ponyville, plagued by these themes. You’ll find hardcore, rawstyle, speedcore, terrorcore, breakcore, Spittercore and even some chiptune! The tracks themselves are full of some of the most interesting productions of music I’ve heard. The use of vocal chops and insanely fast, haunting and eerie-sounding elements are well done. The album will basically brainwash you into listening, as well as give you a sense of the bizarre! One of the most intriguing things is the recurring theme of various moments or episodes from the show and getting them twisted and turned for some of these tracks. It’s worth a listen. Let’s have a look, shall we?
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A love letter to Chrysalis in the form of a parody of Chevelle’s Send the Pain Below, Tender Horn Does Glow sees Stallionslaughter sing his appreciation for the queen of the hive and… oviposition? Oh my. He even goes harder vocally than the original during the bridge, even adding a few extra screams towards the end! Feels good to have him back.
Keeping with the theme of insanely bizarre compositions, Sergeant Moon\Enuna seems to have a thing for vocal chops in a lot of them! This one has a melody of what I like to think is distorted hip hop music with a haunting texture to it. Just like the show The Twilight Zone. No pun intended. This song goes into the mind of a crazy Twilight Sparkle. There is a flavor of distorted vocal chops in this track of well-known mainstream rapper Lil’ Jon manipulated to the point where it sounds like he is saying horse puns. Off-putting as that sounds, it’s strange but it works! The composer amps up as the track gets more insane. Even Twilight herself asks for more with the help of Pony.Ai. This track, like I said, may not be for everybody, but it’s certainly something that stands out about how bizarre in creative Corequestria Vol 1: Ponyville is. You must hear it for yourself. As always, this Qilin really wants you to judge for yourself!
OK! How about some hilarious laughs! Super Trampoline has you taken care of. A parody of the rock classic “Hotel California” by The Eagles. With an excellent rendition on classic piano of the melodies. He hilariously talks about every single aspect of our fandom, all the good and all of the cringe of being in this fandom. From the nostalgic 2012 to our present. It’s all there and it’s Brony Cringe at its best. I really don’t need to say more, because its all there. As always, This Qilin unfortunately lol..asks you to judge for yourself.
(Listen to Whirly Tail’s Original Here )
Folks, there is no one in this fandom – in my opinion – that captures atmospheric and environmental melodies like Cynifree! He puts on a darker, menacing but exciting tone to Whirly Tail’s emotional and fun “Thinking Out Loud” which, in its own right (being a trance song), is moody. Cynifree takes the first half with this sort of aggressive and confrontational composure while keeping Whirly’s original tone and flow. It gives you the feeling of eyes watching you the whole time while moving. After this drop and severe mood swing with a crunch, the song then turns in a much more combative, sinister vibe, and my goodness it really gets the blood rushing, so well done! This is a genre called “Forest Psy”, and I want to hear more! As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.
TCB has been quite active recently and submitted songs to most of the labels in the fandom. He uploaded four of them in the form of the present mix and all the links to the albums and the entire tracks are in the video description. Uniqueness is a defining trait of TCB’s music, every time bringing fresh and original ideas to the table. With insane sound design, the use of a wide range of orchestral instruments and ingenious work with vocals, TCB builds a universe of sounds from the ground up with each new release of his. Integrity VIP is a variation of a track from the Keys & Cuts EP using vocals from The Magic Inside. YONA GONNA has input from Loophoof and hits very hard, even if it has emotional moments nonetheless. GLOOM & BLOOM uses the lullaby from Bloom & Gloom, aims to target the feels and succeeds. Death in The Afternoon VIP is a new take on the track from the album The Closet Anthology that unfortunately went a bit under the radar so it is nice to see it getting some more love. It still features Ditherer but gives a more central role to the instrumental which doesn’t only serve as a backbeat to support her rapping anymore. As a last note TCB’s set at BronyBashOnline includes exclusive yet-to-be-released VIPs and Remixes, it would be a shame to miss them.
Ponies with a bit of Sci-Fi, eh? Alright, let’s roll with this shall we, Sir PonyToast? This song has such a gorgeous theme and composure to it. The melody tells this space-opera tale of Equestrians venturing into the mists of space. There are some epic layers to this track structure. The feeling you get is that Rainbow Dash has been given the task of leading the Equestrian Space corps, by order of Princess Twilight, to seek out other life and give them the magic of friendship. The exemplary structure of the track gives you this feeling of adventure. With its travelling drum beats, spacious sounding riffs and synths, and those vocal chops, wow! Track 48 of P@D: Ignite brings imagination to the space pony frontier. Now just how deep and intricate is this melody? For this, I point to a man that knows how these kinds of things tick. The Head of P@D and my colleague, ExplodingPonyToast, do ya thing, mate.
EPT’s part: Thanks Drake. I was really excited to see a new pony track from Ryazan, as the infectious energy he pours into his tunes is always wonderful to listen to. He’s been busy making cool new tunes for rhythm games under the new alias lixound the last couple years, and this return to p@d includes plenty of the skills he’s honed over that time. With all the hallmarks I love in melodic drum & bass music, it’s definitely one of my favourite tracks from Ignite. The synth composition is memorable, unique and continues to add in depth throughout the track especially with the introduction of some killer vocal chops that make this track well worth a listen.
YOU heard it right from EPT mouth, high praise from the head of ponies at dawn. We both loved the creative of this track, For me personally it felt like epic video game soundtrack, The art by the way is awesome, it makes RD look like she is super enhanced pony! As always this Qilin and EPT ask you to judge for yourself, Live long and love ponies!
Nyan has always had some interesting and fun tracks and this no exception! A nice expansive melody that slips around constantly opens the track, trying to hold itself together as it builds. The multiple drops however are a different animal all together! Its hard for me to describe from percussive focused hard hitting energy to shuffling DnB style drops with a healthy sprinkling of power chords, you can feel the swing in mood and raw emotion and they do an excellent job switching between sad, and angry. If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ve found it!
Now this is an interesting one. RIEL has taken Agent of Discord’s and Reverbrony’s song ‘Chimera’ and flipped it on its head! A more in your face, foreboding spectacle of gritty synthesis melds nicely with the original melodies. A lot of switch ups in the rhythm plus a pulsing bassline and ominous atmosphere really sells this as a unique take on the original and I couldn’t be happier for it!
(Warning: Adult Language used in track, you have been warned)
Are you ready for a Discord-themed song that lifts the insanity up into the stratosphere? Off the Horror-themed hardcore album, “Corequestria Vol 1: Ponyville”, RoyalPony honestly, in my mind, has outdone himself. This track has some elements in it that are jaw dropping. The overall melody gives this uneasy, scary, but breakneck speed feel to it. With Discord there is chaos. This track has a lot of jarring, evil and unique sounding points of insanity. The pounding insane drop points are where RoyalPony takes the Discord and horror theme to ridiculous heights! Venetin adds to this web of insanity with some lyrics that are hard and full of psychosis. It’s such a creative twist on Discord’s character with horror-themed elements! You have to hear this. It is such a breakneck track! As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.