The one and only Japanese heavy rock band, Maximum the Hormone is the one you really have to check out. The songwriter, singer and shredder, Maximum the Ryo-kun creates songs with both crushing and groovy heavy parts and surprisingly poppy chorus parts. It is rare to find songs successfully put these two extreme essences together but we find these in their pieces.
And the lyrics written by Maximum the Ryo-kun sound as if they are nonsensical and so some might think he`s weaving strange phrases to perplex listeners. But we would know all songs have deep concepts, sarcasms and criticisms when we study the lyrics well. His ability to place his words on music is outstanding too.
We almost never see heavy bands like Maximum the Hormone in Japanese music pop charts. But the album "Bu-ikikaesu" which includes a big hit, "Koi No MegaLover", "What`s up, people?!" and "Zetsubou Billy " (the opening and ending theme songs for Japanese animation "Death Note") sold over 400,000 copies and still keeps selling.
The latest release was the EP, "Greatest the Hits 2011-2011"(March 2011). This had topped the national music chart for two weeks and sold 250,000 copies. (*discontinued at the end of September 2011, as planned.)
Maximum the Hormone has appeared at numerous big music festivals in Japan. At the biggest one in Japan, ”SUMMER SONIC”, the band shared bills with great names such as METALLICA, LINKINPARK, NOFX, THE OFFSPRING and RANCID. At "SUMMER SONIC 2011", the band finally appeared on the main stage and shared it with RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS and X JAPAN. Crowd of 30,000 gathered in front of the stage.
Maximum the Hormone went overseas for festivals such as ”HELLFEST” (France) and ”ETP Fest” (South Korea). They went on a US tour with DROPKICK MURPHYS, UK tour with ENTER SHIKARI and headlining Europe tour which sold out for all the shows. The band has been gaining a lot of fans from all over the world.
In 2011, Maximum the Hormone hosted a headlining Japan tour with BRING ME THE HORIZON and BLESSED BY A BROKEN HEART as supports.
Also, the band is appearing at "Ozzfest Japan 2013“ playing with monsters such as BLACK SABBATH, SLIPKNOT and TOOL.
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