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imari tones

The first Christian heavy metal from Japan


Genres: Rock / Metal / Christian

Location: Tokyo, Japan, Japan

Stats: 241 fans / 10,738 plays / 2 plays today





4 tracks

Members: Tone, Hassy, Jake

"The First Christian Heavy Metal from Japan"

Of the long list of factors that make ImariTones stand out from the world around them, it is their drive, their reach that tops it all. An unapologetically Christian heavy metal band out of Japan, Tak, Hassy, and Jake have a passion to reach beyond their culture to make the music they love, and to reach beyond their music to bring Jesus into their culture. While drawing comparisons to legends like Van Halen, Rush, and Stryper with their hybrid of old school metal/glam/Brit/70's prog rock, they are one of very few bands in the world that can claim true originality. How so? They are the first Christian heavy metal band ever to come out of Japan.

"There are very few Japanese bands who say 'Hey, we're a Christian band.' A Christian band from Japan almost sounds like a joke, since most people in Japan are Buddhists, or Atheists," says Tak, founder, guitar/vocalist, and frontman of ImariTones. Things didn't start out Christian for Tak, though. Having started playing electric guitar at age 14 and joining his first band at 15, Tak gained local teen success in his hometown of Toyohashi and won awards for his songwriting. However, he quit the band at 17 to pursue a career as a lawyer. Music stayed with him, though, and while playing an acoustic show in Harajuku Tokyo in December of 2007, Tak was impressed by several Christian performers who were playing as well. Feeling that Jesus may be the larger meaning behind music that he always felt was there, his mind and heart opened to Christianity.

Breaking many written and unwritten rules of Japanese culture, Tak, Hassy on bass/background vocals, and Jake on drums/background vocals, are reaching upward and forward to see changes happen in the world. Currently based in Yokohama, their astonishing 15-album discography includes Hero of the Lights, Color of Hers, fireworks, Japanese Pop produced by metal legend Sascha Paeth (Angra, Edguy, Rhapsody of Fire, Avantasia, Kamelot), Welcome to the School, and their most recent release Victory in Christ. Not content to play the standard soft pop/rock of the major label Christian industry, their music is 100% heavy metal and 100% independently recorded and produced. Victory in Christ hit the street in October 2010 with the single "Faith Rider" leading the charge. Originally written as a parody of the big 80's metal of Judas Priest and Stryper, it quickly became a fan favorite and was put on Victory in Christ.

With both their commitment to making stellar heavy metal music and their driving passion to share Jesus with their native Japan and the rest of the world, ImariTones is always reaching to join these two primary goals together. "Since we are a Christian band, our goal is not business success," says Tak. "We are not chasing glory in this world. We are chasing the glory of God." Staying independent and record label-free is an important part of the process for them. "We don't believe in 'music business', especially in Japan, and have chosen to go independent, looking for our own way. We really want to change something about society and about what people think and believe. That's our ultimate goal."

That ultimate goal, to see their native Japan embrace Christianity, is what they reach for most of all, even while their sights are set on the USA and the rest of the world. Some think they're a joke, or a contradiction, that Christianity, Japan, and heavy metal just don't belong together. Some think they're ahead of their time. But if you ask Tak, Hassy, and Jake, they'll say they're doing exactly what they love at exactly the right time, and they're never going to stop reaching for more.

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Buy our new album Victory In Christ on iTunes.

Produced by world renowned heavy metal producer Sascha Paeth (Rhapsody, Angra, Edguy, etc),
and Japanese Guitar Guru, Tak Yonemochi.
I bet you like "Karma Flower" and "Iron Hammer".

Japanese Pop / Imari Tones

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Enjoy some video from our band.

Song called "Karma Flower".

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And Tone(guitar) and Hassy(bass) have their own purevolume listener accounts,
so feel free to talk to us. let's be friends.


  • Joce~ said:
    私はいまりトヌスの音楽が好きです~! Nov 12
  • Joce~ said:
    I especially love "Love is to do something no one dares to do" ! The lyrics are fantastic! :D dai su ki Apr 12
  • Joce~ said:
    I love the new songs!!! You guys are awesome :D Visit Canada soon! Apr 12
  • Dita said:
    nice! Apr 09
  • Joce~ said:
    ^o^ !!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are awesome! Two of my favourite things come together Christianity & Japanese! This is perfect. I wish you all the best. God bless. I hope He carries you far! XD Nov 22
  • Vaughn said:
    I gotta say...I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening. I like. Alot. Oct 08
  • ndn.numa said:
    The accents and the great music mixture = good times. Aug 06
  • Adjuster said:
    Asian music is the best. Jul 10
  • john said:
    wow...skills Jul 01
  • Emily Rose said:
    oh my wow. you guys are absolutely amazing:] you definitely need to come to PA!!!!!! please and thank you loves:] Jun 02
  • Zra. Zombiie said:
    Hey thank you for passing!!! Successes!! Jan 15
  • Andrew said:
    "only one wish" is a sick song and "iron hammer" is still #1 :D Oct 28
  • Hannah said:
    It's awesome to see that you guys are supporting your faith. I love it! Oct 06
  • Caitlin Jeanine said:
    lol, i love you guys so much. Sep 06
  • Chibi G. said:
    I LOVE Karma Flower. You guys rock! :) Aug 20

Victory In Christ

Oct 10, 2010

Welcome To The Shcool

Mar 01, 2009

Japanese Pop

Dec 12, 2007

Hero Of The Lights

Mar 31, 2005

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