Review | pioniX “Xtory -Ki-“


pioniX‘s first ever release makes a bang in the Neo X Lied series. The super group spared no effort into making this single shine.

infinit0 consists of Rei Sukigawa (CV: Hinata Tadokoro) and Roa Mikaze (CV: Mizuki Chiba). The duo is signed with the fictional label, Tsukipro.

TOBARI is a rock duo comprised of Shio Amagi (CV: Yoshiki Nakajima) and Kuroi Hashiba (CV: Tetsuei Sumiya). The duo is signed to the fictional label, SUNPRO (home to the pop-rock duo, ZIX).

infinit0 and TOBARI joined hands and will work as a group for the on-going Neo X Lied series as pioniX.

Title: Xtory -Ki
Release date: 27/11/2020
Label: Movic
Genre: Rock


2 - ドラマ「introduction -起-」
3 - SHINE FOR US -off vocal-

Track analysis:


pioniX kick off the Neo X Lied series with SHINE FOR US, song that explores a high octane rock sound.

A thunderous bass line, shredding guitar riffs and powerful, splashy drums create an exciting, hyped up soundscape in which you will want to let yourself lose in (especially if you love that rock concert vibe that this song exudes).

The verses are intense and fast paced, building up tension to the chorus without missing a beat. The chorus carries a lot of emotion, with retro synth stabs making their intro in this part, for a touch of electronica.

Massive props to the shredding guitar solo in the bridge that breathed even more life to this song. Awesome work.

When it comes to the vocals pioniX really have the lineup to impress. Yoshiki Nakajima, Tetsuei Sumiya, Hinata Tadokoro and Mizuki Chiba were in perfect harmony.

Sumiya and Chiba covered everything upper register whereas Nakajima goes for a mix of mid and high notes as Tadokoro covers those deep, growly notes with a lot of flair.

Every singer gets their spotlight and make the best of it, going for passionate, intense performances that fit the up-tempo rock instrumental to a T.

Awesome way to kick off the Neo X Lied series for this super group with a lot of talent in its lineup.

In case you’re still wondering, pioniX are a pretty exciting outfit and SHINE FOR US is the perfect introductory song for them.

Xtory -Ki is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

Xtory -Ki- / pioniX
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