Ryo Kawakita

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Maximum the Ryo
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Background information
Birth name Ryo Kawakita (川北 亮?)
Also known as Maximum the Ryo
Born (1978-12-13) December 13, 1978 (age 38)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Nu metal, hardcore punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1999 - present
Labels VAP
Associated acts Maximum the Hormone
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
PRS Tremonti Signature
Randall Warhead Dimebag Signature Amplifier

Ryo Kawakita (川北 亮?, Kawakita Ryō, born December 13, 1978), also known as Maximum the Ryo (マキシマムザ亮君 Makishimamu Za Ryō-kun), is the guitarist, songwriter and singer of Japanese metal band Maximum the Hormone.[1]

General information[edit]

Ryo had played guitar since his years in junior high school. He was recruited into the band Maximum the Hormone by his sister Nao Kawakita after the departure of Key.[2] His guitar playing is heavy and influenced by metal, punk, and hard rock bands.

Ryo made a guest appearance with Wagdug Futuristic Unity on "Systematic People", a track from Wagdug's Hakai album. "Systematic People" was also used as the opening theme for the anime series Kurozuka (novel).

Cited influences[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Maximum the Ryo member profile". 55mth.com (in Japanese). 
  2. ^ "Maximum the Hormone at JaME". jumusiceuropa.com.