The best part about all this? I freggin loved it. The music was insanely good. Every member (don't be fooled by their chick drummer) was incredibly skilled at their respective role, with all of them rotating lead vocal responsibilities at times. Their music incorporates all kinds of genres, tempo shifts, and emotional pulls...sometimes all happening within one song! Damn near every video I have watched of theirs has been super imaginative, captivating, and, above all, weird as shit. They are like a cross between Tool and System Of A Down, but arguably weirder, if you can believe such a thing. This is what happens when you take a group of talented musicians and put them on a giant island with a culture that dates back thousands of years and focuses on dedication and intense attention to detail.
These guys are huge in their home country, and have even had success in other places around the world. Who cares if you don't know how to speak Japanese. It has not stopped me from listening to their music (exclusively through music videos, as buying a CD apparently means paying extra to have them imported from Japan) over and over again. Seriously, this group is one of the best bands I've discovered in the past year. They are a relief among all the candy pop radio tunes that have caused me to turn my radio off for the last eight years because everything is so temporary. Hits that people are all about one week become replaced and, shortly after, totally irrelevant as a new, catchier song takes it place.
That being said, this group will of course not be for everyone. This is metal. It is designed to melt your face and rattle your brain. No, I don't listen to this type of music all the time, but I have mad respect for the genre, as it gives zero fucks and continues to rebel against establishment, money, and all around, dumb ass music.
Phew, I'm glade I got that off my chest.
So, without further adieu, here are three videos from Maximum The Hormone.
"小さな君の手～ - Your Little Hands"
This is the first video I ever saw of Maximum The Hormone. It's basically brilliant. Don't skip ahead to where the "real" video starts. Just enjoy the weirdness and consider the fact that this guys actually when through the trouble of writing an actually good pop song and then directing a music video around it before demolishing it with a way, way heavier track that mocks the very type of music they just made themselves. At over 7 million views and counting, people all around the world are taking notice of their unusual sense of delivery. (Check out the guitarist's Tool shirt)
"Koi No Mega Lover"