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StealingShad3z – Pretty Penny Betting Her Last Dime | Pop Punk

Today we return to StealingShad3z with a Friendship with Benefits Song! The song starts out with a bit of instrumental giving it some time to build up before the vocals begin (as I did with the article for Vylet Pony’s “LESBIAN PONIES WITH WEAPONS”, I’m gonna tackle the lyrics for this one in a separate part later on). While the vocals are going on the song builds up in the background preparing for the chorus. For the chorus Shad3z delivers some lovely vocals while the background music is still building up, culminating in a short but sweet Instrumental part before we go on to the next verse. In the next verse the background music maintains the awesome level of the chorus to keep you rockin’ along, and as the chorus returns the instrumental just keeps ramping up!  Even after we start the next verse the music keeps building and building! The music only calms down for a little pre-chorus before immediately returning to the upbeat final form of the instrumental before ending on a sharp note, which is a really great touch.

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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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Crusader! – Firelight (Covering Aurelleah & John Kenza) (feat. PegasYs) | Folk

Today everypony we have an awesome remix by Crusader! of a classic. Crusader! has the perfect voice for a happy upbeat cover of this amazing song. The track starts with a lovely Melodica solo accompanied by a little guitar until Crusader! begins singing the amazing lyrics, which are now mostly accompanied by the guitar. As we near the drop the guitar nearly completely disappears until the drop. Oh the drop–what I haven’t mentioned yet is that Crusader! doesn’t use any of the original synths or drum loops, and the effect is that, especially in the drop, with the guitar and the Melodica going wild, it feels like a whole new song! After we return to the lyrics Crusader! surprises us once more by all of a sudden adding claps, hammering in the campfire vibe. The claps disappear as we near the drop. Leading with the classical Crusader! GO!,  we get an even more beefed up version of the drop than before, this time with the addition of the claps and even more. For the finish we first get a combination of both vocals and the drop before the outro takes us home with some more awesome singing.
So time for some more detail gushing!
You might have realized it or not (it certainly took me a few listens through), but at some points Crusader! accentuates the lyrics a bit differently than PegasYs did in the original, making for a small but all the more amazing difference that helps make this feel like a whole new song. In addition to all the things I mentioned above you can also at times hear a clarinet playing as a bit of a background melody.

Once more thanks to my friend thecanderson for proofreading and happy holidays to all of you!

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SnowShovel and Forest Rain – Luna (Alt. Mode) (Covering Odyssey Eurobeat) | Hard Rock

Known for his Rocksmith charts of PrinceWhateverer songs, SnowShovel96 makes his musical debut with Luna (Alt Mode), a cover of the Odyssey classic! Joining him is Forest Rain, who really completes this project with her powerful voice. This cover is actually based on her own interpretation of the song: a fast-paced rock track all about the princess of the night. I love how punchy and strong everything converges here, from the crunchy guitars to the grit in Forest’s voice, even those additional lyrics in the second verse! We can only hope the future holds great things for SnowShovel; he’s left a brilliant first impression.

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Skyshard – The Adventure (feat. Zelizine) (Covering Aviators) | Soft Rock

(Listen to the classic here!)
Man! Right about now we could all use some good vibes. This year has been a load to deal with, and an Aviators cover may just be the thing for you. Staying faithful to the lyrics and vibe, Skyshard, with the aid of Zelizine, gives this classic some soft rock love, mixing light and flavorful electrical guitar and some awesome keyboard and harmonics. The icing on the cake is Zeli’s vocals, which are stellar in this cover. The song is about friends that you can trust and lean on, something that is so necessary in this day and age. As always this Qilin asks you to judge for yourself.

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MelodyBrony – I’m Not Gay (feat. Acouste Wholenote and Blackened Blue) (Covering PrinceWhateverer & Djohn Mema) | Pop Punk

Lol! What a way to revive an absolute fandom CLASSIC!! The original parody of My Chemical Romance’s “I’m Not Okay” took the fandom by storm last year, and this cover does a great job of keeping the energy going! The more instrumental focus makes for a wild and new experience, especially if you liked the original. I do wonder how Slightly Amiss feels about this… I love this fandom XD just remember: it’s not gay 😉

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Crashie Tunez – BUCK! EP | Nintendocore

The master of Nintendocore is not so retired after all, with even a brand new EP following the other recent release Always in my Heart! It’s so awesome getting such a unique genre in the community from somepony who knows what they’re doing. Crashie lets it all out in these short yet very rocking tracks, fusing Chiptune and Metal elements! Find the whole EP on Bandcamp here!