Imari Tones

Imari Tones

 Yokohama, Kanagawa, JPN
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IMARi ToNES is a Christian heavy metal band from Japan. They play heavy metal music based on 1980's style and beyond. The band occasionally tours in USA and play at churches and clubs. "The First Christian Heavy Metal from Japan"

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Karma Flower

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

When I was 13, and she was 14
Back then when we met
War upon us about to break out east of the sun

It didn't feel like the first time
I can't recall where we began
Just the sound of wind chimes

Days of love under the cherry tree : I remember
Days of fighting like a samurai : I remember
Days of trial words of Jesus Christ : I remember
And now I realize to what I meant to surrender

It's all about here and now
It's all about who we are
It's all about loving you
'Cause you're in everything I do

Then I was 14, and she was 15
That's the way that we grew up
No excuses and no need to find the reason

We couldn't see a tomorrow
'Cause the future was a distant haze
I kissed for the first time

Days of chasing wild tigers down : I remember
Getting dizzy driving spaceships around : I remember
Secret words from the Buddah's mouth : I remember
And now I realize to what I meant to surrender

It's all about here and now
It's all about me and you
You are the one

Love Is To Do Something No One Dares To Do

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

No matter how much love you got
If it can't save the poorest people
There's no meaning
There's no meaning

No matter how gentle the word is
If it can't reach the loneliest people
There's no meaning
There's no meaning

Just think what He really wants

Love is to do something no one dares to do
Like giving up a piece of pie
Like saying sorry to your friend
Love is to do something no one dares to do
Like bearing the cross
Yeah, like bearing all the sins on this planet

No matter how right the teaching is
No matter how good the act is
If it's forced and not spontaneous
If it's not from your heart
There's no meaning
There's no meaning

You just got to be beautiful

Love is to do something no one dares to do
Like fighting for someone you love
Like praying for your enemy
Love is to do something no one dares to do
Like bearing the cross
Yeah, like bearing all the sins on this planet

Just try to be yourself
Just to please the Lord
Just offer the best you got
Just to praise the Lord

Faith Rider

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

Ride for Jesus
My iron horse
I am running for my mission

The sound of steel
That's what God gave to me
I will fight for Him till I die

It's not my tatoo
It's not my knuckles
My only weapon
The faith for God

Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
Yes I live for Him
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He's on my side
I will die for Him

Sing for Jesus
My flying arrow
I'm a soldier under His command

He gives me strength
He changed me
With Him, I'll never be the same

I fear not your knives
I fear not your missiles
I fear not thunder and lightning
I only fear God

Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
Yes I trust in Him
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He's on my side
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He has a plan for all of us
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He's my rock and my deffence
I shall never be moved

Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
Yes I live for Him
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He's on my side
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He has a plan for all of us
Faith (Faith) Faith Rider
He's my rock and my deffence
I'm His servant till I die

The Concept

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

In our society
School teaches us to live a lie
The truth is left behind
Are you the one to speak life?

Technology is just a way to
proove the law of God
Every knowledge is just a way to
support what we already know inside

So let me hear your voice

Transform the world
With this whole new concept of life
He gave it to us long ago
We're yet to understand
Transform the world
Leave everything behind
And follow Jesus Christ

On this planet earth
Money, power and violence
They hold us back all the time
from looking at the truth

Is it true we have freedom
to live what really are
It's time for us to re-define the meaning of Freedom

I want you to know
You are the one to make a change

Transform the world
With this whole new concept of life
We just have to realize that we have already won
Transform the world
Leave everything behind
And follow Jesus Christ

Are you a dream chaser
Yes I believe in my dream
Are you a God chaser
Yes I believe in my God

You Key

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

You've come to a dead end
There's no way out
You're stuck in a small box
And you can't get out of it
We are all the same
It's just we don't know it
Goldfish in a bowl never knows the size of the world
But the time will come
When you will discover everything

Without knowing it
You found the key
So-Re-Wa You Key
It's called You Key

Infinite power source
Installed in you
So-Re-Wa You Key
It's called You Key

Now open the door
Everybody is there waiting
Now welcome in the light
We are all made of Love
You are the eternity

You are getting confused
Beacuse you can't see
In front you are fighting so hard, reaching out your arms
You don't notice all your dreams coming true in the back
Everybody loves you here
For what you've done for us
You think you lost the key
But you are the key

Without knowing it
You found the key
So-Re-Wa You Key
It's called You Key

Infinite power source
God installed in you
So-Re-Wa You Key
It's called You Key

Now open the door
We are all here waiting
Now welcome in the light
We are all One in God
We are all eternity

This world is not so intricate
Though it looks entangled, entangled
Let's turn it upside down and inside out
When you know the answer
You will see just one thing
One biggest thing
The greatest thing

Hey what are you waiting for
We are all having fun
Just open the door
And come out in the light!

Overcome

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

I know
So many ways to be successful
So many ways to be happy
But they
All eventually lead you to death
Only one I know who can win this battle

Jesus!
You're the only one who can let us overcome
Come here!
Come here and let us overcome
Jesus!
You're the Light and You're the Life
And You're the only truth
Come here!
Come here and let us face the truth

We have
So many choices in our lives
So many ways to entertain you
But in the end you have to face the darkness
There's only one way to win this battle

Jesus!
You're the only one who can let us overcome
Come here!
Come here and let us overcome
Jesus!
You're the Love and You're the Fire
And You're the only way
Come here!
Come here and let us live in eternity

Do you believe in eternity
Do you believe in eternal love
Do you believe in eternity
Do you really believe in love
Let me hear your heart beat

Jesus!
You're the only one who can let us overcome
Come here!
Come here and let us overcome
Jesus!
You're the light and You're the life
And You're the only way
Come here!
Come here and let us believe in eternity

Iron Hammer

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

Born in a small strange nation
I always dreamed to get out
Looking for a place where you're not judged
by your dreams and by your doubts

10 years gone and I find out
Man's mind's the same everywhere
Building up the walls around you
Too much for one to bear

World of the weak: full of prejudice
Build up the walls by yourseld
Can't you break them all down, break them all down
with this Iron Hammer

Watching TV all day long,
I was almost bored to death
Music didn't move a lot in these 10 years that passed

Can you call a man a rockstar
if he's contend to be a fool
It's like calling something wild
that grew up in a zoo

World of the fools: full of ignorance
Chained by your own will
Can't break yourself out, break yourself out
with this Iron Hammer

Jesus Train

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

We are all stray sheep
So blind can't see anything
Tell me what is right or wrong
Please make me feel I'm safe here

Jesus Train, Jesus Train
Take me to the land of love tonight

I've listened to preachers
I've listened to crooks
But I'm not really satisfied
Till I can hear Your voice again, again

Jesus Train, Jesus Train
Take me to the land of love tonight
Jesus Train, Jesus Train
Take me to the promised land

You know we are so weak
Being almost like babies just born
We got a long way to go, a lot of things to learn
We got to listen to His words

Jesus Train, Jesus Train
Take me to the land of love tonight
Jesus Train, Jesus Train
Take me to the promised land

He's Still With Us

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

Please allow me to tell you about the story of my childhood
There was a light that lightened the whole world

I'd always kept hearing about the land of freedom
In 1984, that's the only hope I could see
It was strong, it was bright, and righteous as the eagle

Where is the hero who saved my life
Was it you? Was it me?
Or is it you who killed him
Where is the God who gave me my life
Is he gone? We've done him wrong?
Still I can feel his presence - He's still with us

Now would you hear the story from my teenage days
There was the news that went around the world

I always kept asking people where we're meant to go to
In 1994, I learned that something never comes back
We were weak, we were naive, and left alone like a lonely child

Where is the land of dream that I dreamed of
Is it here? Is it there?
Or just million pieces everywhere
Where is the father who spared me my life
Is he gone? We've done him wrong?
Still I can feel his love - He's still with us

Where is the music that led me to the right way
Has it died? Has it ceased?
Or is it you and me who left it to die
Where is the truth I always believed in since that day
Even though he changed his form
I can't help but feel his presence - He's still with us

I can feel his presence
I can feel his love
I can't help but feel he's still alive
Can you feel his love?

Only One Wish

Written By: Takahiro Nakamine

Oh lord Can I ask you just one thing
Oh lord I have only one wish
Oh father I was so bad a child
Oh father I've done many things wrong

But now
I wanna praise you
I wanna thank you
I wanna love you with my whole life

You make me smile, you make me laugh
And let me breathe, let me live
You let me touch, let me feel
And now father please, please let me love you
Ah please father, say yes

Oh lord Can you forgive me I have only one wish
Oh father I don't need anything else
'Cause I've already done so many things wrong

But now
I wanna praise you
I wanna thank you
I wanna love you with my whole life

You make me strong, you make me shine
And let me sing, let me pray
You let me think, let me learn
And now father please, please let me know you
Ah please father, say yes

My friends, now let's pray, pray to our lord

Discography

Heroes EP (iTunes, 2013)
Japan Metal Jesus (iTunes and Amazon, 2012)
Victory In Christ (iTunes and Amazon, 2010)
Welcome To The School (iTunes and CD baby, 2009)
Japanese Pop (2008)

Set List

45minutes set example

1. The Concept
2. Testimony
3. Iron Hammer
4. Karma Flower
5. Love Is To Do Something No One Dares To Do
6. Only One Wish
7. Winning Song
8. Faith Rider