pioniX wrap up their participation in the Neo X Lied series with the outstanding power ballad “Ready to fly“.
infinit0 consists of Rei Sukigawa (CV: Hinata Tadokoro) and Roa Mikaze (CV: Mizuki Chiba). The duo is signed with the fictional label, Tsukipro.
infinit0 and TOBARI joined hands and work as a group in the Neo X Lied series as pioniX.
Title: Xtory -Ketsu- Release date: 26/02/2021 Label: Movic Genre: Rock
1 - Ready to fly 2 - DRAMA「conclusion －結－」 3 - Ready to fly -off vocal-
1 – Ready to fly
A dramatic piano melody slowly paints the soundscape for “Ready to fly“.
The intro will certainly stand out for its wide soundstage, piano at center stage as TOBARI and infinit0’s members are split between the left and right monitors, tackling those initial seconds into the song with a lot of emotion on top of a stripped down instrumental.
Slowly, acoustic guitars join in alongside slow paced snare-driven drums, a deep bass line and electric guitars to create the stage for pioniX to show what they are made of.
The song might have given away a ballad vibe in the intro but only in the chorus do you know that you’re in for a power ballad by pioniX, their first one.
The verses are slow paced, with drums being quite prominent in this section, as acoustic guitars strum their way into the chorus.
The chorus is inspirational while being incredibly powerful. That happens much due to the fact that the first chorus bring strings to the spotlight and the 2nd one delivers a spine-chilling guitar solo that will tug at your heartstrings.
The outro is chilling. It creates once again that wide soundstage you got from the intro however, adding the whole rock band ensemble into the mix, elevating this song into certified power ballad territory in my books.
That outro carries a lot of emotion into the last chorus, with Hinata Tadokoro’s soulful vocals dealing quite the blow in that section, leading to a powerful performance by Yoshiki Nakajima, Tetsuei Sumiya and Mizuki Chiba.
pioniX were not shy about baring their hearts for this performance.
They are no strangers to ballads. pioniX performed a ballad in the previous entry in the Neo X Lied series – Xtory -Ten- – and did quite the number to their listeners’ emotions.
In “Ready to fly“, they outdid themselves and, although genuinely simple at its core, their performances feel more emotional – without even having a look at or paying attention to the lyrics – in comparison to “Kimi e“. The instrumental took on a power ballad route, something that also helped crank up the intensity in those emotions then, if you add the lyrics, you get that blow.
As far as power ballads with an acoustic touch go, pioniX nailed the vibe and the delivery. They went for it and what you get is exactly one of the highlights – so far – in 2021.
Xtory -Ketsu- is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.
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