Trying to shed some pounds? Discouraged by how hard it’s going? Check out this video from Japanese metal vets Maximum the Hormone.
The clip for “Maximum the Hormone II -Let’s Talk about Menkata Cottelee-” isn’t just a music video. It’s a celebration of guitarist Maximum the Ryokun’s weight loss journey, and a rejoinder to all the fans who preferred him when he was chubbier.
As the video’s description explains, Ryokun was diagnosed with “lifestyle-related diseases and warned that he was going to die if he [didn’t] change his lifestyle by a medical doctor.” So the dreadlocked axeman embarked on a successful diet and exercise regimen.
How successful? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. The hyperactive clip matches Maximum the Hormone’s gonzo, genre-blending energy: Energetic, oversaturated footage captures their explosive blend of grindcore-meets-nu metal, interspersed with funky, bubblegum pop interludes soundtracking an aerobics class.
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