Japanese superstars MAN WITH A MISSION have announced their brand new album Break and Cross the Walls I. Released via Sony Music, it will be available digitally on November 24th and have an international physical release on January 28th. The opening track, ‘yoake’, will be released a week ahead of the album on November 17th.
Regarding the forthcoming album vocalist and guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny says, “We’ve completed our first studio album in three and a half years. We never stopped during Covid and progressed step by step, resulting in a big gift of a two album series for our fans. For now, here is the first album – we are very happy with the result, including the track listing. Hope you enjoy it.”
Break and Cross the Walls I is the band’s sixth studio album and their first since 2018’s Chasing the Horizon. The eagerly-anticipated new full length was originally conceived as an ambitious two-disc set but recording sessions became affected by the prolonged world Covid situation and, so as to not disappoint fans with a longer wait, it was decided to release the set as two consecutive albums.
Break and Cross the Walls II is scheduled to be released in spring 2022 as a companion piece to Disc 1.
Break and Cross the Walls I includes tracks such as the recently released ‘Merry-Go-Round’, opening theme of the popular TV anime My Hero Academia, Godzilla vs Kong(Japanese edition) movie theme song ‘INTO THE DEEP’, 2020 NHK soccer theme song ‘Change the World’ and ‘Remember Me’, the main theme for Japanese TV drama Radiation House II. In addition to many other hit songs including ‘86 Missed Calls feat. Patrick Stump’, the album will reveal seven brand new songs with a total of 14 tracks on the record.
MAN WITH A MISSION will also undertake a Japanese arena tour playing a set list featuring songs chosen from across their ten year career.
2020 saw MAN WITH A MISSION release a trilogy of albums, including MAN WITH A “BEST” MISSION, MAN WITH A “REMIX” MISSION and MAN WITH A “B-SIDES & COVERS” MISSION, to commemorate their 10th anniversary. The albums topped the Japanese album chart and the latter made global history as the first ever B-sides album to top a national album chart.
The band also released the career-spanning documentary MAN WITH A MISSION: THE MOVIE -TRACE THE HISTORY-, which captures their rise from cutting their teeth in small rock clubs to flourishing into the stadia conquering behemoth they are today, which is set to continue for many more years to come.
BREAK AND CROSS THE WALLS I TRACKLIST
Change the World
Break and Cross the Walls
Between Fiction and Friction I
INTO THE DEEP
86 Missed Calls feat. Patrick Stump
FURTHER INFORMATION ON MAN WITH A MISSION
MAN WITH A MISSION are one of the most successful rock bands in Asia today. They regularly sell out arenas across their homeland and have also completed sold-out headline tours of the UK, Europe and US. The five-piece have a rabid following in the UK, no better demonstrated than at the overflowing tents at their recent performances at Reading & Leeds and Download festivals.
MAN WITH A MISSION have been a part of major cultural moments in Japan and beyond. Their songs have sound tracked numerous anime films, TV shows, video games including Street Fighter V and also high profile sporting teams including Japan’s Sunwolves Super Rugby Team and New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax.