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Coltcrusher – The End of the Rainbow | Death Metal

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Heads up: The video for this song contains excessive blood and gore.

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Blackened Blue – Delirious | Metal

Paying tribute to the pony fan game D’LIRIUM in such a blissful heavy way, Blackened signs another masterpiece with Delirious, that stars such powerful screaming vocals! The lead guitar melodies are so emotional along the heavy riffs from the rhythm guitar, and this complete Metal experience is a gem to savor over and over again!

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[P@D] Osoch – Song of Tyrants (feat. DivinumX, Chris Wöhrer and Wubcake) | Death Metal

If there was an award for the heaviest track on Ponies at Dawn Eternal, this would be an easy win. Track 51 on the compilation, Osoch is back with his third contribution. Along with the vocal talents of DivinumX, Chris Wöhrer and Wubcake, we have an incredibly heavy death metal song about a clash between Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker. With riffs heavier than a 10-tonne weight and a beautiful blend of clean and harsh vocals, we have a brilliantly heavy progressive masterpiece in our hooves.

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BinExis – New Old Beginning | Power Metal

Now this is something I don’t see too often. A power metal cover of two Italian openings from different generations of My Little Pony. This is a fun one with a strong leading flute and pretty nice riffs that also lean on some orchestral and pop-like elements. I never thought this is something I would need but I’m glad this had crossed my path now. Excellent work BinExis!

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[P@D] Suskii – Summon the Shadows | Metalcore

Track 8 on the freshly-released Ponies at Dawn: Eternal, and it’s about the Pony of Shadows. This one in particular was made by… Wait, Suskii? If you know the name by now, you’d probably come to expect some hard-hitting dubstep. Instead, he’s brought us some brutal metalcore, a crazy yet welcome change of pace. Suskii’s vocals switch between harsh screams and strong, harmonious clean singing seamlessly. Of course, no metalcore is complete without a breakdown, and this one’s heavy as can be, filled to the brim with low-tuned guitars, descending dissonant synths and raw guttural screams. I’m really liking the new Suskii sound!

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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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Nyancat380 – Afterparty | Deathstep

Nyancat380 knows their stuff when it comes to atmosphere. We’ve got ourselves a unique blend of genres with this track, which is also track 12 and the last on their newly released album Fokin’ Days. It starts out with a creepy sounding music box intro before quickly transitioning into a heavy rock instrumental reminiscent of System of a Down, which is then followed by a quick trap breakdown and then the dubstep. A unique combination, that’s for sure, but it all comes together well in this brilliant deathstep number.

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Elias Frost – Better Way to Be Bad (Covering Daniel Ingram) | Metal

A much welcome Metal cover of the acclaimed Better Way to Be Bad, in pure Elias Frost style! An awesome music video is accompanying this re-imagining of the villains’ song, in which that lovely dynamic is re-enacted all over again along the guitar riffs, for a Metal version that retains the uplifting side of the original all while bringing the power of rock music!

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StableTwoStallion – DrIacSonCeqOuuRsD | Industrial Metal

Neue Deutsche Härte is alive and well, and it’s spreading in the fandom thanks to StableTwoStallion! This track’s about the chaotic side of Discord, represented perfectly with his gravelly voice (which is eerily reminiscent of Till Lindemann) and the gothic choirs in tandem with the riff-driven guitars. I guess you could say it’s about as chaotic as Discord himself!