MAXIMUM THE HORMONE will be returning to the United States for a solo show one night only at New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 27 following their appearance at KNOTFEST October 25. The one-man live in New York will be a rare opportunity for American fans to see this powerful band best known in the West for their contributions “What’s Up People?! and “Zetsubou Billy” for the hit anime series Death Note.

Notorious for sold-out shows and high-voltage stage antics, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE’s latest album (their 5th) Yoshuu Fukushuu won the number 1 spot on Japan’s Oricon Weekly Chart for 3 weeks straight after its release in 2013. Their concerts are in such high demand due to their insistence on smaller venues that a lottery system determines tickets for the sometimes 30,000+ applicants per show.

For the release of Yoshuu Fukushuu, the band embarked on a 56-show tour across Japan spanning 2013-2014, and also made an appearance at Ozzfest 2013. Other recent tours include a sold-out headlining tour of Europe (France, UK, Belgium, and Germany) and co-starring events with Korn and Dropkick Murphys.

Yoshuu Fukushuu

Yoshuu Fukushuu (translated by the band as “Our Merciless Home’war’k”)  was released in a 156-page manga package with 5 outrageous, adult-themed stories written by Maximum the Ryo-kun about his school days and teenage musical/sexual adventures. The album itself features extreme lyrics, heavy metal guitar, and death-voice, screaming vocals to match the persona of Japan’s premiere hard rock band.


The rock band also release a fun,interesting, lively video message to their fans for this up coming concert in USA.
PS: Don’t watch this video if you are eating it might kill your appetite.

Tickets for MAXIMUM THE HORMONE at the Best Buy Theater are available now:



Ue-chan (上ちゃん) (Bass)

Daisuke-han (ダイスケはん) (Vocals)

Nao (ナヲ) (Drums)

Maximum the Ryo-kun (マキシマムザ亮君) (Guitar, vocals)

Maximum the Hormone (マキシマムザホルモン Makishimamu Za Horumon?) is a Japanese nu metal/hardcore punk band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. The group is best known for their unconventional and experimental style of alternative metal music. Over their career, they have found success incorporating elements of metal, punk, hardcore, pop, and ska into their sound. Stylistically, their music runs the gamut from being dark and serious, to ironic or humorous, often with drastic shifts in tempo and mood over the course of a song.

The latest album from this band in 2007, “Buiikikaesu (Revive to Death)” which includes the opening and ending theme songs of TV animation program, DEATH NOTE, “What’s up, people?!”, “Zetsubou Billy (Desperate Billy)” and hit single, “Koi No Mega-lover (Amorous Mega-lover)” has already sold 400,000 copies and still now keeps selling. The DVD, “Deco vs Deco (Forehead vs Forehead)” released in 2008 entered Oricon (the most representative chart in Japan) music DVD chart at #1. And the assaultive maxi-single, “Tsume Tsume Tsume (Claw Claw Claw)” released in the same year entered the Oricon general music chart at #2 and has sold more than 150,000 copies.

MTH has attended many big music festivals in Japan including SUMMER SONIC 06, 07, 08, 09, PUNK SPRRING 07, 08. The band shared stages with METALLICA, NOFX, THE OFFSPRING, RANCID and so on. At these shows, more than 10,000 of audience gather before their stages so some audience cannot enter to the stage areas.

In 2008, MTH toured the US with Dropkick Murphys and toured the UK with Enter Shikari. And made one-band tour to France, Germany and Spain. Also attended the biggest rock festival in Korea, ETP. These shows were all successful and got great reactions from locals.


In 2009, MTH invited Bring Me The Horizon and Blessed By A Broken Heart as guests and presented exciting shows in Japan. MTH plays about 100 shows a year and all the tickets have been sold out at any venues in Japan. Some fans expect to see their shows at stadiums but MTH doesn’t want to play at venues larger than 2,000 to 3,000 people capacity for reasons. It is quite hard to get tickets to MTH shows since more than 30,000 of fans try to buy tickets for each show. MTH hold a lottery for purchasing the tickets for each show, every time to make it as fair as possible.

In 2010, the drummer, Nao took her pregnancy leave and so MTH wasn’t able to play shows. Now they started playing shows and also preparing for the new title. A triple-A-side EP “Greatest The Hits 2011-2011” (March 23rd, 2011) topped Oricon Weekly Chart for two weeks in a row.

On June 17th in that year, MTH performed at the metal festival in France, Hellfest. And went on their second European headlining tour for the first time in 3 years. All these 5 shows were sold out again. It seems that MTH has been quite popular for a while in European countries. At a Japanese music summer festival, Summer Sonic 2011, MTH performed on the main stage with internationally well known bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and X Japan. There were crowd of 30,000 in front of the stage.

In 2012, the band appeared at many domestic music festivals such as Eikichi Yazawa anniversary event Blue Sky to celebrate his 40 years as a singer and Air Jam 2012 hosted by Hi-Standard.

In May 2013, MTH had a chance to play at Ozzfest Japan 2013 with icons such as Black Sabbath, Slipknot and Tool.

On July 31st in that year, MTH released their new studio album (5th) for the first time in 6 years, Yoshu Fukushu and won number 1 spot on Oricon Weekly Chart for 3 weeks in a row. They are going on their Japan tour starting with a show on September 29th in Hachioji, their hometown and will play 55 shows in total till they end it up in April 2014.

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