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Biscuit – PAY YOUR PENANCE | Metal


Metal is such a perfect storytelling medium for a character like Spout. Biscuit, who is making a splash for themselves in the brony metal scene, ideally takes the actions of Spout and turns the up-in-your-face emotion and elements of Metal. The intensity of flow from Spout’s total transformation from a jealous insecure brat to a hateful tyrant is solid. Especially the little bits of Sunny and Hitch’s insight in the lyrics. It is a much more serious take on spouts actions which adds a needed edge to the story in contrast to the comedic dumb tyrant presentation of Spout in the G5 movie. Plus, be sure to listen to the end as it adds weight to Spout’s relation of how dire his action was. Powerful stuff!. Keep an eye on Biscuit’s work, friends! As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.

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[P@D] L-Train – Horizon | Metal

If you’re savoring some tasty and brutal metal, then one of the cornerstones of brony metal wishes to deliver! Nightmare Moon’s emotion speaks with every fiber of this composition. Those instruments build up with the drama and rage; the drums add just the exemplary brutality to the mood. The return of Nightmare Moon? Those lyrics tell us just how patient she is, watching and waiting to return and strike vengeance. It’s not metal from L-Train without that guitar solo to convey that sentiment. But, if you listen closely, you hear all the little things L-Train has done to enhance his sound over the years, the elements that make his music storytelling a step above the rest. P@D Zenith is full of what the brony metal scene is about, and this is just one of many on this album! As always, this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.

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[P@D] L-Train – To Sail The Skies Above (Celaeno’s Tale) (feat. Blackened Blue, Rico Starlight, and O. Vannen) | Pirate Metal

Another awesome P@D track by L-Train! L-Train has taken this song in a direction only he could do, with some amazing featured guitar work by Blackened Blue, a top-notch flute performance by Rico Starlight, and some cor anglais assistance from O. Vannen! A perfect combination of pirate metal and Captain Celaeno, make sure to check out this awesome track, which will no doubt take you on a ride! 

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Blackened Blue – Nothing But Flame | Alt. Rock / Metal

Blackened Blue is back again with a great theme about Twilight Sparkle having enough of Celestia’s non-stop badgering for weekly letters! Everything that flies has to fall, Like an animal in a cage I’m writing meaningless words down on every page – this song is filled with incredibly meaningful lyrics that tell a great, emotional story. The flips between styles from acoustic rock ballads to heavier metal riffs with subtle tone shifts are both seamless and convey Twilight’s emotions incredibly vividly!

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[P@D] Thrasher – Fall Again | Electronicore / Metalcore

As part of our coverage of the newest Ponies at Dawn Album, Zenith, I’m delighted to introduce you to this track that is a wild and fun mix of several genres! Thrasher presents us with Fall Again, a song that starts out like it’s synthpop but then quickly turns and adds some amazing metal elements from all sort of subgenres! Combining elements of Electronicore, Djent, Metalcore, Melodic Black Metal and Ambient, this track is a mix of a lot of influences and there’s something here for everyone to enjoy! Definitely have a listen to this song and the other awesome tracks from Zenith!

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SDreamExplorerS – Neverwake | Metal

Today I have the pleasure to once again bring you an amazing metal track courtesy of the amazing Soul Strings aka SDreamExplorerS! But let’s cut down on the chatter and get straight to the song! This song was actually written all the way back in 2009 but only really picked up again last year, but it nevertheless sounds very fresh with a fun melody, amazing drums and all-round wonderful instrumentation. For all you metalheads out there this slightly-over-seven-minute-long track is perfect to just put on repeat and listen to all day long, and even us non-metalheads will get a kick out of the creative melodies and amazing riffs.

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[P@D] 4EverfreeBrony & Drummershy – Angels In Disguise | Progressive Metal

There’s always something that blows me away on each Ponies At Dawn album, and I’ve found what Zenith has brought to the table. 4EverfreeBrony is no stranger to prog rock, having previously taken inspiration from Rush, but bringing Drummershy’s influence from Dream Theater into the mix has resulted in this masterpiece! You experience a full range of dynamics, from atmospheric guitars with precisely detailed percussion, to full punchy riffs with synths and string orchestration. Go take a listen for an epic 6 minutes of prog goodness!

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MelodyBrony – F.I.N. | Metal

Melody returns with an anthem based on the season 9 finale of MLP:FiM and full of determination, displaying a wonderful fusion of metal and pop elements. Dramatic strings, an infectious hook, and Melody’s bright voice pleading for reassurance and strength are sure to get your head banging. Turn that volume up and raise your hooves high – the only way to play this song is at full blast!

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SlightlyAmiss – Echoes | Metal

Today I’m very happy to finally bring you some more fire tunes from the amazing SlightlyAmiss! This one is dedicated to a dark Princess who rarely gets as much love as the others: Midnight Sparkle is a fun character to explore, and how better to do that then with some fire metal tunes?! The song has everything from an exciting intro to a fire hook that gets you headbanging no matter if you love or hate metal! It’s got your exciting vocals and hard screaming vocals, and finally a very well executed outro! So have a listen and enjoy this awesome track!

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PrinceWhateverer – Shallow Naivety 2022 ft. Frozen | Metal

A household name with an orchestral twist! PrinceWhateverer and Frozen Night bring us an emotional track about King Sombra’s relationship with Princess Celestia that fans of the IDW comics will especially appreciate. Keep an ear out for the drum solos as well as the orchestral breakdown by Frozen Night, which beautifully contrasts with the heavy guitar that Prince is known for, putting Sombra and Celestia’s heartbreak front and center. Add to that the wonderful animation by Nootaz, and you have a collaboration that’s definitely worth a watch!