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'Redemption Waves'
(Mighty Music)
Out Now

scott adams

23 acez

Belgian hard rock veterans 23 Acez have come up with something of a minor classic with their second album, 'Redemption Waves'.

Combining elements of classic eighties AOR a la .38 Special (the album's standout track, 'The Bigger Picture', could easily have found it's way onto a Ferris Bueller-style romp back in the day) with heavier, riff-orientated material that wouldn't go amiss on a classic Skid Row album, the band would appear to have all the hard rock bases covered with this release.

Indeed, if the album has a weak point it's that the band seems to be trying to cover a little too much ground here; it's unlikely people responding positively to 'The Bigger Picture' will have quite so much fun listening to some of the darker, grungier material on offer, but that may just be my personal preferences colouring my judgement.

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And it has to be said that the darker, grungier material is right out of the top drawer too. In fact the band do manage to fuse these two worlds together quite magnificently on the chugging AOR of 'Descending', pointing perhaps to an exciting new direction if the band chooses to pursue it in the future. I for one certainly wouldn't be averse to this style cropping up more on subsequent 23 Acez releases.

Star of the show in a strong all-round team performance is vocalist/guitarist 'Zors' Willaert, whose pleasingly gritty yet melodically powerful voice adds colour and texture even in the odd moments when the music becomes a little prosaic, whilst the excellent riffage of Willaerts and six-string compadre Tom Tas bring high levels of air guitar worthiness to much of what's on offer here.

It's hard to see 'Redemption Waves' appealing to younger fans of the harder end of the rock spectrum, mired as it is in the music of years gone by. However if quality heavy rock with a classic feel is where your musical heart lies, you'll enjoy every minute of this album.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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