Japan Christian Rock Band Releases “Best Of” Album and Announce Summer U.S. Tour

Imari Tones, a heavy metal ensemble hailing from Japan, is poised to release their upcoming “best of” compilation album entitled “That Christian Metal Band From Japan – The Best of Imari Tones” on June 21st, 2024.

Recognized as the pioneering Christian metal outfit in Japan, a nation predominantly steeped in Buddhism, Imari Tones traces its inception back to 2004. Undergoing a transformative journey in 2008, the band transitioned into a Christian-oriented musical entity, dedicating their craft to the veneration of Jesus Christ. Since then, Imari Tones has garnered international acclaim, melding Japanese cultural motifs, Christian ethos, and the intensity of metal music into a captivating sonic tapestry.

Despite the nominal Christian presence in Japan, estimated at a mere 1% of the populace, Imari Tones stands out as a singular cultural and musical entity, boasting a devoted global following. Despite having collaborated with esteemed producers in the past, the band has predominantly pursued an independent trajectory in their music production endeavors.

While they may not have attained the mainstream success synonymous with secular metal acts, Imari Tones’ decision to release a “Best Of” album underscores their commitment to providing aficionados with a curated selection of their most exemplary compositions. This release serves as both an enticement for prospective listeners and a cherished collectible for long-standing fans.

The compilation draws upon material from their earlier albums, including contributions from Sascha Paeth, a distinguished German heavy metal producer, as well as tracks from “Victory In Christ,” their inaugural Christian-themed album, and “Jesus Wind,” a conceptual opus delving into Japanese Christian history. Notably, the album also features a new composition titled “Words of Grace,” borne out of a collaborative effort between the band and a fervent Imari Tones enthusiast who also happens to be a Christian YouTuber.

Imari Tones’ musical style channels the classic, unembellished essence of heavy metal reminiscent of 1980s bands. However, discerning listeners will detect additional influences spanning progressive rock, alternative rock, and Japanese pop music, which collectively imbue the band’s sound with an unmistakable uniqueness transcending conventional metal paradigms.

Concurrent with the album launch, Imari Tones is embarking on their sixth tour of the United States, representing a significant milestone in their international touring endeavors. While the tour is characterized by its modest scale as an independent venture, it promises to elicit fervent anticipation among fans in the select states slated for visitation. Notably, the band’s itinerary encompasses the Southern region, with particular emphasis on Texas, a locale imbued with personal significance for members Tak and Marie, where their Christian musical odyssey commenced with their baptism.

July 5 Houston – Super Happy Fun Land
July 7 Dallas – ICC Dallas (Japanese Church service/worship)
July 8 Dallas – Three Links Deep Ellum
July 11 Austin – Carousel Lounge
July 12 San Antonio – Fitzgerald’s
July 14 Chattanooga TN – Revive Church (Church concert)
July 16 Erie, PA – Philly On The Rocks (Concert)
July 17 Erie, PA – Philly On The Rocks (Workshop)
July 18 Bowling Green OH – Vineyard Church (Church concert)