Maximum the Hormone
Buiikikaesu


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah K. STAFF
March 22nd, 2010 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maximum the Hormone create an album that is just as likely to make you dance as it is to make you head bang.

Maximum the Hormone are an interesting band to say the least. In fact, that would be a complete understatement. Hailing from Japan, Maximum the Hormone have become quite popular in their native land. After a few songs appeared on a some popular television shows, the band’s distinctive sound began to be noticed. “Buiikikaesu” is their fifth , and most successful album.

Writing on “Buiikikaesu” is a most monumental task. The majority of this difficulty arises from describing exactly what they are. They have the raw energy of “At the Drive-In” with the frenzied pace of “System of a Down,” but have a sound all their own. In fact, Maximum the Hormone have been described as the “Japanese System of a Down,” but I feel like that comparison is unnecessary as well as false. The overall sound is a metal of some kind, but with that being said, the band members are just as likely to jump into some sort of bubblegum j-pop segment as they are to make a break-down. “Buiikikaesu” is fresh, and the energy contained is incredibly palpable.

The band had a lot of fun making this album, and maybe too much fun at that. This feeling really comes through the music and adds to the already established energy. The multiple vocalists are fantastic, ranging from clean singing, screaming, growling, and even rapping. The instrumentalists also do an amiable job, adding a lot of variety and layers to each song. Every note is used to maximize the frenzy and chaos found here. The production is great, and each element comes together to fantastic results.

The true standouts are some of the most distinctive, as well as polarizing. “Koi no Mega Lover”, their first true hit, is a hybrid of j-pop, rap, and metal. This is probably one of the more “goofy” tracks. “Zetsubo Billy” and “What’s Up People” are two of the tracks used in TV shows mentioned earlier. These would probably fall under the more classic sound of metal, being more accessible than the rest. The title track proves to be a great opener, kicking things off with a great pace.

Without sounding too ridiculous, this album is like an adventure. It’s fun, spontaneous, and leaves you completely worn out afterward. Although you could definitely file "Buiikikaesu" under success, the band has a little maturing and refining to do. Although some may find the band’s sound unpalatable, those who embrace it will find an unforgettable album in “Buiikikaesu.”



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IRAI
March 22nd 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

got this a few days ago.



it rules.



J-rock/Metal has so many awesome bands around. (MTH, Dir En Grey, FACT, just to name a few)



Being able to fuse their influences together so well makes it unique.



the only band i think that has more genres entwined into their sound is Crotchduster.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2010


31999 Comments


Cover has terrible written all over it

ThePalestMexican
March 22nd 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually thought about reviewing this, still might, but this isn't bad.

pos.

IRAI
March 22nd 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksgOcrFxLms



my fav on this.



vid is ridiculous as well.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2010


7517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This cd/band needed a review just like a whore needs a ... Good review. Pos'd.

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Alucard125
March 22nd 2010


540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great band, great album. Very tame in copmarison to other albums.

One of my favs from Japan. Give 'Kusoban' a listen =]

Digging: Isis - Wavering Radiant

sneasy
March 22nd 2010


201 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kick ass album, wish they went to soundwave like they were supposed to. =[

bloc
March 22nd 2010


35521 Comments


I listened to this a long long time ago. Band is literally insane.

Essence
March 22nd 2010


3637 Comments


members also liked
Mr. Bungle California
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Buckethead Enter the Chicken
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
Daft Punk Discovery
Mr. Bungle Mr Bungle
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Of Natural History
Portishead Dummy


wtf?

IRAI
March 22nd 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ that seems about right, if you ask me...



Especially the Bob Marley.

Twizzie
March 22nd 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

for those who like their albums... order their live DVD's shipping from japan might cost much but trust me its worth it!!



If u think they good on tape u'll be shock how energetic these guys live..

and the Jpop chik drummer so adorable lol.

SmurkinGherkin
March 22nd 2010


1809 Comments


seen this band live

p crazyy

Essence
March 22nd 2010


3637 Comments


i get some of them, but KAYO DOT? lolwut

nickobretto
March 22nd 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

SO GOOD.

OpenDoorLeia
March 25th 2010


72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I rather enjoy this band...

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JizzInMyPants
June 16th 2010


2431 Comments


gah dam Zetsubou Billy is pretty epic

mrmonkey1234
August 29th 2010


12 Comments


Been thinking about getting this, but I'm still not sure. A little too hardcore for me, though I love the blend of genres.

LegendofPittman
August 29th 2010


2960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's Up People? = Greatest Anime Intro Song EVER!

Seriously, I am a slight Death Note fanboy though.

TRMshadow
August 29th 2010


4983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Death note had a f'd up ending... good, but f'd up.

LegendofPittman
August 29th 2010


2960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was the perfect ending though. I personally liked L more than Light so I felt he got what he deserved.



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