Steely Hooves – Nightmares and No Sleep | Alternative Rock

The personification (or more like ponification) of Rock greatness, Steely Hooves just created epicness out of a sleepless night. Calling forth Luna’s mighty power, sick vocals and the perfect pony rock lyrics are completing a blissful instrumental where amazing guitar solos and riffs stand alongside tasty bass and drums play. A true anthem for the sleepless, and powerful tribute to Luna!


Plum Creek Rhythm Section – That’s Fine | Alternative Rock

Ever thought about how some of your obsessive interests are seen as “weird” or “creepy” to the outside world? Well, That’s Fine. Don’t worry about it, and keep being yourself!! You know you are in the right. Find strength in the power of your Passion, and use it to face the world with pride! Isn’t this what being a brony is about? In any case this new Alternative Rock greatness from the talented Plum Creek Rhythm Section may well be a song about it. With vocals as amazing as the instrumental, it expresses through the power of Rock and meaningful lyrics the feelings that I’m sure many of us can relate to.


StealingShad3z – Battlegrounds | Alternative Rock

A song with a wonderful concept and message, StealingShad3z’s new release tells about the Battlegrounds of life and how we can count on our true friends to be our “party members”, fighting alongside us and giving us strength, much like how the Mane 6 can always count on each other. And with the soft Alternative Rock instrumental and vocals that are equally amazing, the message is told with a perfect tenderness matching its intent.


SlightlyAmiss – Silence (feat. CaptainNateEvans) | Alternative Rock

NB: This is an edited version of what was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 22 February 2017.

SlightlyAmiss has released a pretty cool prog-style rock track about Nurse Redheart. There’s not a whole lot of content pertaining to her recently, so it’s cool to hear a song like this. It explores some pretty dark emotions throughout, with Amiss’ vocals complementing a pretty strong instrumental.


Denz Xavier – Hero’s Flight | Progressive Rock

We don’t often get something that resembles the good ol’ Progressive Rock from the 70s/80s, and I would be tempted to label this Neo-Prog but there’s just some sweet, blissful Classic Rock vibe to it that can’t help making me feel nostalgic. This track has just the right sound, creative values, melodic structure, and progression, to make it an outstanding instrumental piece from the artist that is definitely a delight for Prog Rock fans like me. In Prog We Trust! (who’s going to this year’s festival?)


[P@D] Plum Creek Rhythm Section – Handbag (covering Replacer) / Dashtortion – Through The Snow | Alt. Rock

Two more P@D songs for you today! First up is this rather mellow cover of Replacer’s song Handbag done by Plum Creek Rhythm Section – so a combination of two artists whose songs on the P@D albums are consistently some of my favourites. And the intro totally doesn’t remind me of The Pretender

And to follow, a new track from Dashtortion, which isn’t actually a solo artist, but instead a collab between StealingShad3Z and SlightlyAmiss, whose work you may remember from the last P@D album. A bit more uptempo, but still relatively chill (haha see what I did there) song with Shining Armor / Cadence themed lyrics.


Francis Vace – Everfree EP | Rock

Not for the first time, Francis Vace has made a nice little EP of cover songs, in a variety of his favourite styles. Last year he performed his favourites from the 3rd Equestria Girls movie, and now he’s taken on the 4th – Legend of Everfree. 4 songs from the film ranging in genre from punk to reggae, and of course with a bit of his signature ska sound twisted in here and there. If you’re a fan of his original work, you’re sure to enjoy his take on these songs too. And best of all, you can download it entirely for free from his bandcamp page!


Silver Note – Fabulousity (feat. Sterling Fusion) | Pop Rock

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 6 November 2016.

Silver Note returns with a new track featuring some extra vocals from Sterling Fusion. Whilst this song isn’t especially long and some of the lyrics are a bit odd (‘makes me feel like an elephant??’), what is on show is a really well produced and fun pop rock track. The repetition of vocals in the chorus works really well, and it’s definitely pretty catchy.


[P@D] Dashtortion – Don’t Leave Me | Alt. Rock

NB: This was originally posted on Equestria Daily on 20 October 2016.

Dashtortion is the collaborative duo project between StealingShad3Z and SlightlyAmiss, and this track shows that they work very well together. With the instrumental handled by Amiss, and the vocalwork done by Shad3Z for this one, they combine wonderfully to give a pretty awesome sounding track! I especially like the increasingly desperate sounding tone of the vocals, which adds a strong sense of thematic progression to the track. Certainly worth checking out!