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23 Acez are a swiftly rising phenomenon in the Belgian Rock and Metal scene. The band was originally founded by Benny Willaert (Black Snow, Gemini Season) as a studio project with guest musicians. After releasing the debut album, Crossroads, and after receiving raving reviews by a plethora of well-established magazines, the idea quickly arose to start a live band with a stable line-up.

The first live shows came in, were very well received by audiences and critics alike, and a brand new second full album, 'Redemption Waves', was written in 2014. Recorded, produced and mixed in Belgium and mastered by Jacob Hansen in Denmark, the album was released in January 2015 by Danish label Mighty Music. Several music videos were produced to promote ‘Redemption Waves’, which quickly garnered thousands of views on both Youtube and Facebook. 2016 sees the band eagerly toiling away on their third record, which will prove their heaviest, tightest and certainly their most ambitious to date. The new album will be released in 2017.

'Remarkable how diverse the band is. Heavy riffs and fat grooves are dominating the songs, but not to be put in the 'metal' corner. Modern progressive rock with a sauce of harmonies of melodic rock and flavoured with elements out of grunge, Britpop and even thrash metal.'

82/100 – Rock Tribune Magazine


'23 Acez serves riff-oriented rock, with influences of Tool, Pantera, 30 Seconds To Mars, and even Muse, provided with unique vocals and flashing guitar solos.'

Aardschok Magazine


'A perfect mix of modern hard rock, melodic vocals, fat riffs and pounding grooves referring to bands as Alter Bridge and Shinedown. A powerhouse.'

72/100 – Hell Spawn Magazine


'Surprisingly listenable progressive rock, think of Dream Theater but with more radio potential.'

MotherLoveMusic Magazine


'Belgium's 23 Acez are a poised and eclectic unit who's music can be described as a captivating and refreshing blend of progressive metal and modern rock. Their new album Redemption Waves provides the listener with a diverse plethora of well crafted cutting edge songs. I highly recommend it to fans of the aforementioned genres, and to those who generally like their good music served "with a twist".'

Gary Meskil (Darkhaus, Pro-Pain)


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