Don’t let the rickety rhythms of the introductory ambience scare you, for this mad gabber piece takes on the literal meaning of Hardcore music. This piece also incorporates samples from multiple classic pony animations, such as the Rainbow Dash Presents series from Dawn Somewhere, and the .mov series from hotdiggedydemon. DAϟH makes this track a very good opener and title track for his and Payyn’s album Equestrian Terror: An Introduction. The album also includes songs from DAϟH such as Blood Moon in the Everfree, Dream Demon, and Deadline Darling.
Who would’ve guessed these two would come together to create something fantastic? Ein Funkeln im Zwielicht is an industrial metal collab about Twilight Sparkle featuring StableTwoStallion‘s signature Rammstein-influenced vocal delivery in German while Koron plays drums and even the digeridoo at one point. Fantastic composition skills on display here from these two. Hope to see more collabs from them in the future!
This is our very own Luck Rock’s first release in nearly a year, and what better way to celebrate than with a Valentine’s Day piece alongside General Mumble? I Can Have Mr. Cake is a funny track about Mrs. Cake’s infatuation with her husband, using imagery and puns centered around baking and sweet treats to describe how much she loves her, making the whole thing lovely as well as funny. Those puns are to die for!
Lots of violent lyrical imagery in this one. Feel free to click ahead if you’re okay with that.
Never forget who your friends are. My Friends is an emotional piece from Raven Horn, showcasing some glitzy and melancholy synths set to clips of Twilight from the show talking about her friends and listing them off. The instrumentation is slow and chilled out, having a nostalgic and longing feeling to it while the minimal drum sounds keep the beat strong. A small glimpse into the mind of Twilight Sparkle many years later!
Arch has returned with a teaser for his upcoming album, You Got Me, I Got Us 2 – Our Brave New World! Oathkeeper is a powerful track dedicated to the fandom, much like Solidarity and the recently released Life Outside. Arch delivers lyrical themes about sticking together and helping one another through struggle with conviction and passion – which is something he’s always excelled at – while backed by an electronic beat with soft and heavy dynamics that eventually builds up to some typical yet strong dubstep wubs in between his verses. Be on the lookout for YGMIGU2!
Ready for some heavy Prince goodness? Track 13 from his third album REIMAGINE is Betrayer, the third in a series called Luna’s Caps Lock! Easily the heaviest track on the album, the song builds up with a distorted drum and synth line before briefly stopping and jumping into a speedy and heavy section that annihilates everything in its path. The lyrics showcase Nightmare Moon and Daybreaker in a “we’re not so different, you and I” situation, and PW’s harsh vocals – which have never sounded better – perfectly represent Luna’s feelings towards the latter. Can’t go wrong with a bit of heaviness every now and then!
Time for a big treat. Life Outside is 4EverfreeBrony’s love letter to the fandom, and he’s brought a slew of guest vocalists along with him! BlackGryph0n, Luna Jax, Aviators, P1K, MEMJ0123, dBPony, MantaTsubasa and PrinceWhateverer all contribute a few lines each, and all fit the song’s positive tone with flying colors. The song starts out with the ambient noise of crowd chatter followed by 4EFB’s voice accompanied with soft piano chords before the chords repeat and quickly transition into an acoustic guitar riff.
We’re then subjected to a heavier segment with orchestral instruments and distorted guitars. BlackGryph0n leads the chorus with his soaring vocals and PrinceWhateverer sings on the bridge after the second chorus, while all the guests have a couple bars each during the verses, with the first three singing about Equestria, and the other half about some of the mane 6.
After all’s said and done, the song ends with a guitar solo and simmers down with some piano, a final vocal line from 4EFB and the sound of nature. This track is honestly one of the finest he’s ever produced, and honestly rivals PW’s own Solidarity. Our fandom can still produce emotional music, and this is a prime example!
More horses are finding their way into the real world. Track 4 from Horses In Real Life is Interview With A Fashion Icon, which details exactly that. Rarity’s interviewed by someone who’s intrigued by her arrival in the world as well as how she’s accommodated her fashion skills to fit the humans; she goes on to note that she likes the women around there! Musically, the track showcases the EP’s usual ska style, but the guitar and drums take a backseat to Francis’ strong vocals, which cut right through the mix. As usual, try and count the amount of heels that fall to the ground and pile up!
The fact that that Captive Unicorns, the artist formerly known as SoGreatandPowerful has released another song this year shows that Scrimshawl wasn’t just a one-off release, and that he’s really back! Moonsnow is an atmospheric ambient pop track that feels like a relaxing journey across a night sky lit by stars, represented perfectly by Captive’s voice and those glitzy synth sounds joined by minimal percussion! On another note, all of his songs this year have been uploaded just about on the 10th. Is this an intentional pattern of releases? Guess we’ll have to find out!