Review | Rei Sukigawa “Rei no Historia”

Orchestral rock paints Rei Sukigawa‘s “Rei no Historia” in an intense yet delicate fashion.

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


Title: 零のヒストリア (Rei no Historia)
Label: MOVIC / TSUKIPRO
Release date: 25/10/2019
Genre: Rock

Tracklist:

1 - 零のヒストリア
2 - 零のヒストリア -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1 – 零のヒストリア

零のヒストリア (Rei no Historia) is a pretty intense song with an underlying gentleness going on. The song mixes the classic 4-piece rock sound with dramatic strings, going for the kill as soon as you hit play.

The intensity in the instrumental – especially in the intro – tones down a little bit in the first verse, with the 1st half of it being rather quiet then slowly building up in its tension, welcoming back the powerful, snary drums, fast paced guitar riffs and groovy bass line into the mix.

The strings add a delicate touch to this track, an interesting touch that contrasts in a really tasteful way with Hinata Tadokoro‘s deep and hypnotizing vocals.

Talking about vocals… I love how comfortable and charismatic Hinata Tadokoro sounds while singing.

His performance carries a weight and emotion that you’d expect of a seasoned singer, not from a young voice actor whose only credits in music are infinit0. But I am all for young voice actors to already being pretty well developed on the vocal end (then again, 81 Produce’s talents tend to almost all excel in this department).

Tadokoro basks in that spotlight and goes for it, delivering a strong performance in which he got to showcase quite a bit of his vocal range.

His lower tones are always at center stage but when he belts those high notes and goes for those vibrato and falsetto flourishes, he shows that he’s not just another seiyuu singing as a character.

He does have a lot of potential on the vocal end and I’d love to hear more of him on a solo setting, perhaps when the time comes for the Neo X Lied series releases that, if following the format of the X Lied series, will deliver pretty unique solo tracks for fans to rejoice in.

Rei Sukigawa‘s Rei no Historia is an intense song with a good rock edge and orchestral accents that have me hitting the replay button time and time again. Terrific job on both the instrumental and the vocals.


Rei no Historia is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

infinit0 Solo CD Single "Rei no Historia" / Rei Sukigawa (Hinata Tadokoro)
Rei Sukigawa (Hinata Tadokoro)

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零のヒストリア
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. A year later, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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