M.C the MAX (an acronym for Moon Child the MAX) is a Korean rock band. They debuted in 2000 as a 4-member band under the name Moon Child. Upon one of the members leaving, the remaining three members re-grouped as M.C. the MAX. They were initially managed by the production company of Yoshiki, founding member of the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan. On September 1, 2016, it was reported that M.C the MAX had chosen to form their own music agency, 325 E&C. Their song “Love Poem (사랑의 시)”, from their 2nd album, topped the KBS chart in February 2004. To date, they have released 8 full-length albums, several singles, and began participating in soundtrack contributions for several Korean television series as well.
On January 4, 2016, it was announced that M.C the Max will be making their comeback in 2 years with their 8th full-length album, pathos, in late January. At the same time, they will also be going on a national concert tour with the same title in Korea in February to commemorate the album’s release as well as celebrate their 16th anniversary as a professional band. Apart from performing their latest songs from their soon-to-be released album, it was said that the members have also prepared some of the most spectacular performances for their fans in the concert. It will also be the first public performance to celebrate the release of their 8th full-length album. The first stop will be in Seoul and scheduled to be held on February 21 and 22, and tickets for the Seoul leg will go on sale at Interpark’s ticketing website on January 8 at noon.
The ticket reservations are expected to be a fierce one, after their sold-out year-end concert titled Wintering… in 2014 proved their ticketing power. Concert details for other cities on the tour list include the KBS Hall in Busan on February 27, followed by Jeongsimhwa Hall at Chungnam National University in Daejeon on March 5, the Kyungbuk National University Auditorium in Daegu on March 12, Gyeonggi Arts Center in Suwon on March 19 before concluding at Cultural Arts Center in Gwangju on April 9. Tickets for all shows will be available on the Interpark’s ticketing website as well. Teaser photos for the concert were then revealed on January 15. The poster is mysterious and intense, which raises expectations.
M.C the Max released the track list for their upcoming album on January 19 through their agency Music&NEW. The album will be released online on January 28 at midnight and offline at music stores on February 2. It consists of 10 songs including the title track No matter where. Notably, member Lee Soo took part in the songwriting for 7 songs on the album, in addition to taking part in the composing and arrangement for at least 3 songs. Later on, a teaser for the title track No matter where was released on January 24. Within hours of the album’s release, the title track had topped 8 music charts, namely MelOn, Genie, Naver Music, Mnet, Bugs, Soribada, etc. Other songs on the albums also gained a lot of popularity and the album was met with huge success.
Separately, in an interview with Star News in January 2016, it was revealed that Heo Jung-min left the group to pursue a career in acting. In another interview with Maeil Business Newspaper (MK News) later in February 2016, he also revealed a similar reason for his departure. However, he recalled the times when he was in “Moon Child” a great one and after leaving, it enabled him to better focus on his acting career.
On June 13, it was revealed that J. Yoon has left the group. However, the agency Music&NEW has refuted these rumours, stating that “it is groundless and absolutely not the truth”.
On September 1, 2016, it was reported that M.C the Max had chosen not to resign with label Music&NEW. They subsequently formed their own agency, 325 E&C—the “325” standing for their debut date of March 25, 2000.