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Longtime MS reader Steve Berquist chimed in recently with an email about Japanese band Maximum The Hormone, whose name alone is enough to elicit a “what the fuck?” from every corner of any room. But Steve was right on the money with this one. Here’s his description of the band:

Maximum the Hormone are a Japanese hard rock/metal band that have been around since the late 90’s. Their music is mainly nu-metal with J-pop choruses, and some skate punk and Andrew W.K. party-rock thrown in. All those elements seem like they should be fucking terrible, particularly when mixed together. However, I can’t stop listening to the stuff. It really, genuinely rocks hard. The riffs are great, all three vocalists are sweet, and the compositions are impeccable.

I was quite skeptical at first, but the video for “Bikini Sports Ponchin” (???), above, totally sold me. The visuals are, uh, interesting, and now the damn song is stuck in my head. It sure isn’t ground-breaking or tr00 or br00tal or whathaveyou, but it is well-played and especially damn catchy, and that I can respect.

More crazy Maximum the Hormone music recommended by Steve after the jump:


Much love to our metal brethren in Northeastern Japan. Hopefully these cats and their families were unaffected.


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