Album of the Week: Bu-ikikaesu

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Artist: Maximum the Hormone
Album: Bu-ikikaesu
Genre: Nu Metal, Hardcore Punk, Metalcore, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal
Release Date: March 15, 2007

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I’ve shared several of these to TAY over the past year or so that I’ve been writing this series so it was only a matter of time before one wound up on AniTAY. Figured I would share (someone with posting rights on AniTAY, can you do that for me?) this over here since this album comes from a Japanese band which has had several songs appear in anime: Maximum the Hormone.

How does one quantify Maximum the Hormone? These Japanese metalers cover so many genres in their music that I just don’t know how to describe them. Cramming elements of nu metal, hardcore punk, funk, and even pop, together, and using three vocalists, this band has a very unique sound.

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Maximum the Hormone are easily my favorite Japanese metal band, and Bu-ikikaesu, their third album, is the first release I heard from them thanks to two of the songs being featured in the anime Death Note, which is easily one of my favorite anime. The song “What’s Up, People?!” was used as the second OP, and the song “Zetsubō Billy” was used as the second ED.

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Those are my two personal favorite tracks off the album, but I also quite enjoy the title track, “Bu-ikikaesu!!,” “Kuso Breakin’ Nō Breakin’ Lily,” “Kyōkatsu,” “Bikini Sports Ponchin,” “Chū Chū Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nururu Rerorero,” “Shimi,” and “Koi no Mega Lover.” Of course, every track is really solid, these are just the ones that really stood out to me.

The sound is just so unique. The insane screaming and rapping vocals from Daisuke, the melodic-yet-gritty singing and heavy, crunchy, choppy, stop-start guitar riffs of Maximum the Ryo, the hectic drumming and the melodic female vocals of Nao, and the intense, and super loud, bass of Ue-chan come together for a very enjoyable listen.

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If you haven’t checked this album yet, I would highly recommend it. I scoured the Internet to find a video I could embed with the whole album so you could take a listen! DO IT!

Album of the Week brings you an album to listen to every week. Maybe a new release, maybe an old favorite. My tastes range from alt-rock to technical death metal and everything in between, but if there’s something else you want to hear, be sure to leave your suggestions! Check out last week’s album!

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