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February 10, 2014 4:04 PM   Subscribe

Alien is a very strange but alluring music video from Japanese hardcore band Maximum the Hormone.

Maximum the Hormone is probably most well known for Koi no Mega Lover.
posted by Lutoslawski (32 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is awesome.
posted by idiopath at 4:12 PM on February 10


What just happened? Did I die? Is this heaven?
posted by Strange Interlude at 4:21 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Between how metal they are, the fact they toured with the Dropkick Murphys for a bit, their wicked sense of humor, and the relative popularity of Death Note outside of Japan I always find it inconceivable that Maximum the Hormone aren't hugely popular internationally, at least within certain sub-genres/culture.

Is it because of how god damn catchy they are? I mean, Sigh even gets international releases and they, as awesome as they are, feel like a much harder sell than the Maximum guys/gal.

Oh well, always glad to be reminded about them!
posted by sendai sleep master at 4:22 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


This is great.
posted by brundlefly at 4:26 PM on February 10


haha, i love this. and to think i was close to stopping the video...
posted by bigendian at 4:39 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I almost stopped it as well. I'm glad I didn't!
posted by brundlefly at 4:43 PM on February 10


Now that I've managed to squeeze my brain back into my skull, are there any Mefites with Japanese language skills who can translate what MtH are saying at the end of the "Alien" video? I'm really curious now.
posted by Strange Interlude at 4:46 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Oh god, I love these guys.
posted by strixus at 4:48 PM on February 10


I can only agree with them on all points raised - if Stop! Stop! Stop the whinny upload is a call for the entire human race to steer away from cute animal videos and start to take our responsibilities as the species unexpectedly in charge of the planet seriously.

May be overthinking this.
posted by Devonian at 4:51 PM on February 10


Ok the weird anthem rock, J-pop, sort of metal fusion in Lutoslawski's link is addictive. Love it.
posted by Benway at 5:44 PM on February 10


Watching this video has mutated my Youtube feed in strange and wonderful ways.
posted by Kevin Street at 6:08 PM on February 10


Japan, you had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:12 PM on February 10 [4 favorites]


I have a new favorite band.
posted by Gotanda at 6:12 PM on February 10


This is like the Boredoms on acid. And considering the Boredoms were like someone taking acid, on acid, this is just...just...perfect.
posted by googly at 6:18 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


This video brings a smile to my face.
posted by cazoo at 6:27 PM on February 10 [6 favorites]


Love MtH. But I'll disagree that their most famous song is "Koi no Mega Lover". It has to be What's Up, People, the opening to Death Note, as noted above.
posted by Purposeful Grimace at 6:30 PM on February 10


I can only agree with them on all points raised - if Stop! Stop! Stop the whinny upload is a call for the entire human race to steer away from cute animal videos

Winny is/was a Japanese filesharing program something like Edonkey.

There's a full translation of the video here.
posted by xigxag at 6:39 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


Ok, I started watching, and then I took a drink and played my turn on letterpress, and then I looked back and was delighted.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:43 PM on February 10


Welp, I really like this a lot.
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 6:44 PM on February 10


The lyrics for ALIEN From xigxag's link, including explanations and the conversation at the end.
posted by ardgedee at 6:50 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


I usually confine my metal to stoner, and REALLY REALLY OLD SKOOL (slabbath) stuff. This however, made me very happy. The goofy weirdness, the hardcore punk styling in the early part of the song, the little kids. OK, some of my nieces are big Death Note fans. I suppose it wouldn't kill me to check it out. Now get offa my lawn!
posted by evilDoug at 7:08 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


Ok, but only because, for a lawn chaser offer, you seem rather polite and open-minded.
posted by sendai sleep master at 7:20 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


ardgedee, that's marvelous. If only Metallica had that same sense of humor about filesharing.

I actually marathoned Death Note a couple of years ago on Hulu, and developed a bizarre fondness for the opening/closing themes (which reminded me of System Of A Down), but never got around to seeking out more by the band. Until now.

The thing that blows my mind about these guys is that they're able to FUCKING UNLEASH on the heavy stuff, but aren't totally married to it like most metal/hardcore bands are. What's more, they're not afraid of totally jettisoning the angsty grimdark alienated-adolescent BS to just cut loose and be unabashedly silly.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:23 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


I've always found that the best metal (maybe just the best music) is the stuff that has a sense of humor about itself.
posted by es_de_bah at 7:51 PM on February 10 [2 favorites]


Just to add to Lutoslawski & xigxag's links - here's a copy of the video with English subtitles included.
posted by northtwilight at 7:54 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


They're like...the Japanese version of Into the Moat mixed with The Cars?

It's awesome, I am really into this.
posted by gucci mane at 9:47 PM on February 10


Those breakdowns are straight out of 2005, I LOVE IT. Reminds me so much of this.
posted by gucci mane at 9:53 PM on February 10


Maximum the Hormone - Buikikaesu!!
posted by gucci mane at 10:03 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


How much do I love Metafilter? More than I love discovering MtH. And that's a lot.
posted by Devonian at 1:23 AM on February 11


They're awesome. Thanks OP and other contributors!
posted by Diag at 3:09 AM on February 11


Oh cool, this is my favorite band! As of 6:19am.

Needs a "wait for it" tag.
posted by Room 641-A at 6:22 AM on February 11 [1 favorite]


Oh man. That was

Oh man.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:23 PM on February 12 [1 favorite]


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