Nabeshima is a new double album by Japanese Christian metal band IMARI TONES. It incorporates Japanese traditional essence into Christian metal music. The band has been making music independently for a long time and it’s hard to say how many records they have made so far, but if you count their English/International releases, this will be their 9th album.
Nabeshima is a double album consisting of 24 songs. While people may be amazed at the volume, it certainly takes listeners to a mysterious journey through ancient Japan. Unknown fantasy world where Japanese traditional culture and Christianity meet. The songs are sung both in English and Japanese. 11 songs are sung in English while 11 songs are in Japanese. The other 2 tracks are instrumental.
The musical style is very diverse. It has some of the heaviest songs from Imari Tones, as well as some of the most outlandish progressive songs. At the same time it has straightforward pop songs and beautiful ballads.
And yes, it has a spiritual factor. Tak doesn’t deny it. It has some strong Christian messages. which some people may be offended by. But Imari Tones always try to be as much fun and entertaining as they are spiritual and religious which they have proved both in live and studio situations. Their international fans know it and people understand what is unique about Imari Tones once they experience the music.
Imari Tones has been an indie band that produces such quality music you will wonder where they have been hiding until now. But soon, that will change with Nabeshima. Ancient Japanese secret will be revealed and its message will change the world. Or at least you will be amazed at this, one of a kind, religious metal music.
Nabeshima | Released July 6th, 2021 via Sliptrick Records
Track Listing: Disk 1: 01. Passion | 02. Lord’s Prayer | 03. Sakura Day | 04. Atomic Jam | 05. 123,4&5 | 06. Sakura Night | 07. Extravaganza | 08. Chanbara | 09. Yamagoya3 | 10. Jidai | 11. Bloodthirsty | 12. God Anthem
Disk 2: 01. Crucified Boy | 02. Sonic Soldiers | 03. The Garden | 04. Who Are You | 05. Sengoku Christians | 06. Screaming Sin | 07. Matsuo | 08. Once In A Lifetime | 09. Redemption | 10. Tsukuru | 11. Not Of This World | 12. Utage
Japanese metallers IMARI TONES have released their second single taken from their upcoming double album Nabeshima, released via Sliptrick Records on July 6th. The single is accompanied with a new lyrics video.
Here’s the official statement from the band; “What if Japanese samurai spirit and Christian faith get together? Well, here is the result. And the result is good. This might be the holiest 5 minutes of musical adventure you can experience in your life. Since Larry Norman started Christian rock in the 1960’s, we’ve had bands like Petra, Stryper and Creed, now there are countless Christian bands in the whole world. However in Japan, Christian bands are still difficult to find. Imari Tones is one of the very few bands, if not the only one, that play Christian Heavy Metal in Japan. Among those Christian bands, Lord’s Prayer is probably one of the most common song titles. Yet Imari Tones decided to call the song this way, because it’s a very special song with a distinct sound.
Imari Tones are known for their old school power metal sound, but this song is more progressive than metal, representing a more eclectic side of theirs. This is some serious Funky Gospel Metal Progressive song. Right from the majestic dreamy introduction to smooth jazz bridge part and the mysterious Steve Vai-esque guitar solo, this song doesn’t cease surprising listers until the end. Imari Tones shows God’s sonic glory with Lord’s Prayer, and declares Jesus’ name in Japan. Experience the holy progressive by the old school Japanese samurais.”
IMARI TONES are combining Christian metal and Japanese traditional culture. This video takes place in Japanese traditional Noh theater and tea ceremony room. Dressed in Samurai Metal style, Imari Tones are showing off some Japanese spirit.
The song title Passion means both strong emotion and the sufferings of Christ on the cross. This is a song dedicated to people who try to find the real God and truth, in spite of difficulties and tough situations around them. It is a song about a spiritual battle. A battle within one’s mind. Just like ancient Japanese Bushido, we have to fight the enemy within ourselves. In order to avoid idol worship, you have to overcome your own desire and temptations.
The main theme of this video is self discipline. So when the band sings “destroy every idol”, that means breaking idols in your own mind. Because you must deny those idols in order to find the real God. Declaring Jesus is the Lord with a loud voice, this is one of the most aggressive songs from Imari Tones. But you have to understand this is all about spiritual matter, not about attacking other people or destroying statues and buildings.
As serious as the song goes, Imari Tones do their best to entertain. Tone and Shinryu show off their sword and martial arts skills while Marie boasts her beauty by dancing with Japanese Sensu folding fans. Also you will be surprised at how friendly and comical they can be, which is why Imari Tones are loved by their fans. Coolness, beauty, sword action and martial arts, funny jokes and heavy metal sound, all along with Christian faith. You won’t believe it until you see it.
Nabeshima | Released July 7th 2021 via Sliptrick Records
Japanese Christian Metal Group IMARI TONES have signed a deal with Sliptrick Records.
Imari Tones are a Christian heavy metal band from Japan, where majority of people believe in Buddhism and Christianity is very scarce. The band was formed in 2004 but the real start was in 2008, when they declared themselves as “The first Christian metal band from Japan”. Since then, Imari Tones toured in and out of Japan, while making many albums independently.
The band play old school metal music inspired by bands from 1980’s, such as Van Halen, Judas Priest, and Japanese bands like Loudness. But their music is fairy diverse and sometimes wanders into progressive territory, making it inevitable for listeners to compare them to prog bands such as Rush and YES. One of their goals is to combine Christianity and Bushido, the Samurai spirit, because they believe they can believe in Jesus Christ without losing their identity as Japanese. That’s why they play Christian music with Japanese traditional taste, which puts them in a very unique position both musically and culturally.
Imari Tones always say their “roll” is that of a bridge. A spiritual and cultural bridge between Japan and the world. A lot of people in the world are interested in Japanese pop culture. On the other hand there are so many people in Japan who have never heard of Jesus. Imari Tones are trying to reach both groups of people. They show the world what the Japanese spirit is like, while introducing Christianity to Japanese audience.