Released in 2013 by VAP Records.
Best Songs: A-L-I-E-N, Yoshu Fukushu, Maximum the Hormone, Beauty Killosseum, Tsume Tsume Tsume, Unbelievable!, Koi No Sperm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdwT5JlH8gM
Interesting Facts: Maximum The Hormone formed in 1998, hail from Japan and play an experimental style of Nu-Metal incorporating elements of Metalcore, Jpop, Hardcore Punk, Funk, Rap and Ska into their sound, which helps to distinguish them from many typical Nu-Metal bands. Each member alternates singing lead vocals, often within the same song, with the exception of the bass player.
When asked about the group’s name in an interview, guitarist/vocalist Maximum the Ryo-kun stated “Take it as you like, it means anything from the Japanese cuisine for cooking animal innards to the sensation of the maximum amount of your hormones coming to the boil! Although when we go abroad people think we’re just some sorta sexual energy drink.” “Hormone” (or horumon) is a style of Japanese BBQ where many of the typically discarded internal organs are grilled in bite sized pieces and eaten.
After having released 2 full length albums and 3 EPs, Maximum The Hormone released their breakthrough album Bu-iikikaesu in 2007. In 2008 Maximum The Hormone made their first Western country appearance in England supporting Enter Shikari on their tour. However, prior to these shows, it was announced that Screamer/Vocalist Daisuke would require corrective surgery on his throat, causing the band to go on temporary hiatus while he recovered. After Daisuke had recovered, the band went on to headline several shows in Japan with support from Bring Me The Horizon in 2009, as well as going on to win the award for “Best Rock Video” for “Tsume Tsume Tsume” in the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. Notably, in 2009, ex Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman performed an instrumental cover of Tsume Tsume Tsume on his tribute/cover album Tokyo Jukebox. Though not mentioned in the title, near the end of the track, he segues into an abbreviated version of Maximum the Hormone’s Louisiana Bob.
Later that year, the band released a statement via their official website stating that female drummer/vocalist Nao was pregnant, but after discussions with her fellow band members and staff, had decided to continue with all shows. However, shortly after, Nao fell ill and was transported to the hospital, where she was told that it would be unhealthy for her and the baby to continue performing. This resulted in the band going on hiatus and forced them to cancel all shows including an appearance at the Soundwave Festival 2010 in Australia.
During this hiatus the band had plenty of time to focus on writing and perfecting in the studio new material that would be used for Yoshu Fukushu, their first full album in 6 years. It was their first album to reach number one on Oricon’s charts the week after its release. The CD features unique packaging, as it is approximately the height and width of a standard DVD case, and bound like a manga. On June 2, the group released the video for the song “A-L-I-E-N”, but as a prank, they placed it on a randomly relocating URL, so page visitors would only have a random chance of seeing the video, depending on luck.
In keeping with the band’s quirky aesthetic, the song Benjo Sandal Dance lyrically references Maximum the Ryo-kun’s habit of wearing toilet sandals, traditionally strictly only for wearing in the bathroom, at all times. He exclusively wears toilet sandals sold under the brand name VIC. In September, the band announced a special merchandise package, including both a t-shirt, and limited edition VIC sandals with the Maximum the Hormone logo stamped in the heel. He is also a celebrity endorser of Tenga sex toys and claims that his favourite Tenga product is the “Deep Throat Cup”!
In 2014 Maximum the Hormone appeared on the lineup of Slipknot’s festival ‘Knotfest’ in California.