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Getting Into: Maximum The Hormone

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band.

Maximum The Hormone
Hardcore, alternative metal, nu metal, J-rock, punk
Japan

Maximum The Hormone is a band of contrasts: jovial pop-punk choruses and screeching, metallic verses; groovy, percussive beatdowns and free-spirited rock'n'roll sing-alongs; crude, colorful humor and periodic forays into a dark, desperate undercurrent. With a versatile, three-pronged vocal apparatus, an electrifying and outspoken rhythm section, and the songwriting expertise and attention to detail necessary to utilize the band's prodigious talents, Maximum The Hormone has evolved over the years so as to be unrecognizable from its original incarnation. Founded in 1998 by drummer Nao Kawakita and vocalist Daisuke Tsuda, Maximum The Hormone originated as a merely a quirky hardcore punk band; it is in this guise that the band, rounded out by bassist Key and guitarist Sugi, released its debut, A.S.A. Crew. Shortly afterwards, the latter two members departed, to be replaced by bassist Futoshi Uehara and guitarist/clean vocalist Ryo Kawakita, Nao's younger brother. Under Ryo's aegis, the band evolved into an unpredictable behemoth characterized by chameleonic style shifts and uncommonly memorable songwriting. It would be safe to say that Maximum The Hormone is primarily known in the West for providing the opening and ending themes for the 2006 anime Death Note, namely "What's Up, People?!" and "Zetsubou Billy," both featured on the band's 2007 album Buiikikaesu, but there is a lot more to the band's career and signature style.

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Posted: 29.11.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (3)

Articles
Getting Into: Maximum The Hormone

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band.

Maximum The Hormone
Hardcore, alternative metal, nu metal, J-rock, punk
Japan

Maximum The Hormone is a band of contrasts: jovial pop-punk choruses and screeching, metallic verses; groovy, percussive beatdowns and free-spirited rock'n'roll sing-alongs; crude, colorful humor and periodic forays into a dark, desperate undercurrent. With a versatile, three-pronged vocal apparatus, an electrifying and outspoken rhythm section, and the songwriting expertise and attention to detail necessary to utilize the band's prodigious talents, Maximum The Hormone has evolved over the years so as to be unrecognizable from its original incarnation. Founded in 1998 by drummer Nao Kawakita and vocalist Daisuke Tsuda, Maximum The Hormone originated as a merely a quirky hardcore punk band; it is in this guise that the band, rounded out by bassist Key and guitarist Sugi, released its debut, A.S.A. Crew. Shortly afterwards, the latter two members departed, to be replaced by bassist Futoshi Uehara and guitarist/clean vocalist Ryo Kawakita, Nao's younger brother. Under Ryo's aegis, the band evolved into an unpredictable behemoth characterized by chameleonic style shifts and uncommonly memorable songwriting. It would be safe to say that Maximum The Hormone is primarily known in the West for providing the opening and ending themes for the 2006 anime Death Note, namely "What's Up, People?!" and "Zetsubou Billy," both featured on the band's 2007 album Buiikikaesu, but there is a lot more to the band's career and signature style.

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Posted: 29.11.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (0)

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Clandestine Cuts Vol. 6 Issue #5 - Awesome New Demos and EPs

Is independent, unsigned, and underground metal what you seek? Weary traveller of the metal world, rest a while here. Clandestine Cuts are the best demos and EPs from these bands, the heart and soul of metal music. These musicians are slaves to their passions, and their blood keeps the metal machine alive and turning. Support them with a simple listen, and discover the future. This issue features music from Keychain, Beyond Forgiveness, Third Island, Devil Electric, Lord Mountain & Sisters Of Suffocation.

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Posted: 09.11.2016 by Nefarious | Comments (4)

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Black Mountain - Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, 30.10.2016

Black Mountain reappeared in my world sometime this spring around the beginning of April, when their new album, IV, was released. I knew and appreciated the band in the past, but the six-year gap between the releases sort of phased it out for me. Nevertheless, IV stormed my playlists and stuck to the top, hence it was only a matter of pulling myself together when I found out to my surprise that this Canadian quintet was doing a show in Helsinki. It's not exactly in my backyard, but, all things considered, is still a reasonable distance away with an overnight stay.

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Posted: 08.11.2016 by Ivor | Comments (0)

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Damnation Festival 2016 - Leeds, England, 5th November 2016

Remember, remember, the fifth of November! The air has turned cold; the winter is on its way - which means it must be time for our annual taste of Damnation. Would the twelfth instalment of the Damnation Festival be one to start a fire over? Let's see...!

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Posted: 08.11.2016 by Baz Anderson | Comments (2)

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Alestorm - Soundstage, Baltimore, MD - 1 Oct 2016

Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of fun. Alestorm sailed into Baltimore Harbor on a cool October evening and I was ready to meet them with a fistful of metal in one hand and a fistful of cash in the other. I once had the opportunity to see Alestorm about five years ago at the now-defunct Empire, then still Jaxx Nightclub (alas, one of my favorite venues), but became dissuaded when a hurricane blasted through on the night in question and cut off my passage into Virginia. I still have not forgiven Mother Nature for robbing me of the opportunity to see one of my favorite bands, but Alestorm more than made up for it this time, bringing along their friends in Nekrogoblikon and Æther Realm (much better line-up than that other show anyway).

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Posted: 28.10.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (2)