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ILLUMNATION – Casting Shadows EP | Dark Folk


Editor’s note: Better late than never…right?

Russian group Illumnation releases a downright amazing pay-what-you-want EP about Princess Luna! The instrumentation in general, and harp in particular, is stellar. Folk isn’t my thing at all, but this was an immediate download because it’s just that good.

But the true heart of the album is its awestriking vocals. Velvet’s beautiful voice is just brimming with passion. And the lyrics are perfect, about Princess Luna guiding our dreams and watching over sleeping ponies all across Equestria.

Casting Shadows is available to download on ILLUMINATION’s Bandcamp for any named price.

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Ponies That Yawn – JUXTAPOSITION DEFENDERS | Compilation Album | Multi-Genre

The collective that started parodying P@D since the finals of 2016 – Ponies That Yawn – released another album that parodies the newest P@D album: Guardians and also parodies the newest Pinkamena Party album: INCOHESIVE HORSE ADESIVE. The result is JUXTAPOSITION DEFENDERS.

This album is full of very good tunes and includes the NightVapor remix of an ExplodingPonyToast song done by EPT himself! Grab the album, it’s worth to listen!

The album is available as Name Your Price on a bandcamp near you!

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NeoN – The Horse Within Us | Album | Electronic

NeoN comes back with this short album which, as he says in thebandcamp description, is something different and really shows the experimental capacity of NeoN. This album is mostly based upon what NeoN says to be the “The Beginning of the End” – the beginning of leaving the brony music scene and the starting of producing more non-pony music.

Although the theme (just check the full description, for not getting angry with NeoN), the production and the music that is on the album is pretty good. Many of the tracks present on the album have guitar riffs that are very pleasing, also with the future influences that are pretty awesome. The full album is very atmospheric! I really like it!

You can get “The Horse Within Us” on NeoN’s bandcamp page for any given price.

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Ataraxia – Motion Reimagined | Album | Electronic


I hadn’t realised until recently just how much music Ataraxia has put out over the past couple of years. From solo piano sonatas to cinematic electronic pop songs, there’s been quite a variety. But like all good things, the alias is coming to an end, and as a parting gift he gives us Motion Reimagined – deliberately named so as a ‘rework’ of sorts of his previous album Eternal Perfect Motion. The album often takes a more experimental approach to music production than Ataraxia’s previous work, in particular the VIP of Viridescent, and features a couple of other people’s remixes of notable songs too.

It’s a great parting gift. We’ll miss you Ataraxia. Thanks for all the music.

Motion Reimagined is available to purchase on Ataraxia’s Bandcamp.

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TCB – NightMares EP | Dubstep

TCB is an upcoming artist that released a lot of interesting Dubstep experiments, including NightMares, their latest EP! The experimentation and the mixing in this EP are pretty good. I would say that Daybreaker is the highlights in this EP that describes the evil versions of the Royal Sisters and Twilight Sparkle. I recommend this EP for those who are into to some really experimental, melodic, aggressive Dubstep or Riddim.

You can download NightMares on TCB’s bandcamp or you can stream the 3 songs on TCB’s playlist on Youtube.

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A State of Sugar – Lollipop | Compilation Album | Multi-Genre


The team behind the trancey chill pony themed promo channel A State of Sugar have came together around 6 months ago to organise the collaborative’s first album. Now the album is finally ready, featuring both some of the regulars to the channel and a few new artists to the scene too! In total this one reaches 21 tracks, so if you’re still overwhelmed by the size of the Ponies At Dawn albums, this is something a little more digestible but still completely fresh for you to try out.

Lollipop is available to download from A State of Sugar’s Bandcamp page, and keep an eye out for some of the songs from it here on the site.

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Direct Current – Star Chaser: Terrestrial | Album | Ambient / Chillout

Direct Current’s second full length album is packed with emotion. A prequel to their earlier album Star Chaser, this one is themed around a pegasus living on the rock farm, falling in love with Limestone Pie, and eventually venturing to explore the stars.

The vocals are lovely, the effects on them perfect. Fans of ElectroKaplosion will definitely feel nostalgic. The deep, atmospheric sound design and lovely synth creation.

All throughout, I’m struck by the sense of wonder the songs provide. They manage to be inspirational, down-to-earth, and foreboding by turns. Truly a stunning piece of music.

You can purchase this album on Direct Current’s Bandcamp for $5 or stream the entire album on YouTube.

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Gryphon Rush – Born On The Rock Farm | Album | Rock


Russian band Gryphon Rush releases their debut album that is one great mix of well performed old-school hard rock!

The production quality on the album is very good, good enough for a hard rock album! Focusing on a dedication to the brony fandom, Gryphon Rush’s vocalist, Lynch transfers a great energy to the songs, the guitar riffs also done by Lynch are also well performed. Abadakus’s mixing and mastering, gives to the album that production quality that I’ve tell you before. The drums performance done by Wave is also very good, giving the good rhythm to the album. This also plus the mix with songs sung in English and songs sung in Russian make this album an international masterpiece, putting once again the Russian pony music scene to the top! As rock listener this album have various genres that fans of Iron Maiden, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds and Lynyrd Skynyrd will love it! The album is available on YouTube in full version or in separate tracks. Also you have the full thing for download on bandcamp!

You can download the album on Gryphon Rush’s Bandcamp page, or you can stream the album as a whole or track-by-track on their YouTube channel.

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Viricide Filly – Back From Reality | Album | Electronic


FINALLY! After 3 years of hard work and production, British musician Viricide Filly releases her 5th album. Bringing us a mix of incredible textures and melodies that are really inspiring and incredible, making the album worth more than just 1 listen! Really, listen to this album more than 5 times! Because this is really amazing!

Now, what I can say about this amazing masterpiece? First, Viricide’s robotic vocals in songs like “Stuck In The Sky” (available on video) are very well mix with the instrumental and the lyrics of the songs are also quite awesome! Second, I love a lot Viricide’s experiments at each track, the intro track is well performed, and also the experiments at “Vanishing Point” (available on Cider Party) are really incredible and gives an atmospheric look to the track. Third, this album actually tells a story about Viricide’s OC, Eleanor, making a great and inspiring concept album.

I recommend this album to everyone, without exceptions! Also, listen to this more than 5 times, please! Give Viricide the feedback that she deserves for her 3 years hard work!

You can download the album from Viricide’s Bandcamp or stream the whole thing on YouTube.