Man With a Mission - Don’t Feel the Distance EP
Record Label: Sony Music/RED Distribution
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Man With a Mission is a Japanese quartet that combines modern rock with industrial noise. The band’s trademark is a penchant for wearing wolf heads during their performances.
How is it?
Interesting. Opener “Distance” is chaotic, frenetic and entirely way too busy. Vocalist Tokyo Tanaka has a voice that seems tailor-made for terrestrial modern rock radio but the entire song feels like a weak attempt at mimicking Linkin Park. If the song has any positives, it’s that its highly catchy and has a decidedly urban feel that could probably find favor in Europe, South America and the like.
The band prides itself on its ability to mix club rhythms with modern rock and nowhere is that more apparent than on the nocturnal and metropolitan cut “Fly Again.” Equal parts dizzying, frantic and melodic, the song is a cocktail of energy, anger and testosterone. On “Get Off Of My Way” the band tries their hand at hip-hop and pairs it with modern rock in a way that sounds cluttered and clunky. The EP concludes with “Distance (remix),” and while the remix is absolutely all over the place, it’s not exactly horrible either.
Truth be told, this EP will probably sell better in Europe, South America and Asia, but the modern rock chops are there and given enough exposure and resources, North American modern rock radio will probably spin this disc for the hard rock devotees. Perhaps given a chance to flex their muscles on a full-length, the band might leave a different impression, but for now, there’s a lot still to be desired.