"Victory in Christ" (Kitchen Knife Records; 2010)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The Imari Tones claim to be the first Japanese Christian rock band and I have no reason to doubt them. They play hard rock along the lines of Kiss and Stryper; the kind of classic hard rock that you can still hear on FM radio sometimes. The lyrics are obviously all about Jesus and religion. What did you expect from an album entitled "Victory in Christ"?

The vocalist struggles a little throughout, surely due to the fact that English is probably his second language, but he does okay while never approaching the style of Paul Stanley or Michael Sweet. The songs are just okay, too. Some grab you more than others, some donít work at all and many tend to go on just a little too long. I'm thinking this album must be a demo as well because the rough production doesnít really help at all.

"Victory in Christ" isn't a bad CD but it sure isn't a great one. I hope to hear some new, better written and better produced material from the band in the future.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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