UNDER THE 23rd

by ACCEPT(Japanese Progressive Rock Unit)

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The 5th album of Japanese Progressive Rock Unit. This album is a total concept album of 16 tracks 62 minutes long, It takes the listeners to a great and profound journey from dark side struggling to the light side filled with hopes and strength. Being based on a historical fact, it's trying to consider the serious matters of this world today. The sound's first impression may be symphonic one influenced by British Prog-rocks, but there contained various elements of music and the traditional Japanese lyricism could be found in the English lyrics expressing deep emotions using nature-descriptions.

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releases December 12, 2025

Hisao: composing all songs and all instruments and vocals
Taiki: all concepts and ambient sounds and voice
Mari and EDNA : English and portuguese reading
Kazuhiro Takeuchi : Mastering

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Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - HIGH AND WIDE TONIGHT
HIGH AND WIDE TONIGHT

High, high and wide
Here I come across the night
In your sky
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - ANGEL
ANGEL

Rising and falling
Saying nothing
Lying there
But there is no knowing what you mean to me
Till you're gone away
You must be (an angel)

If you could find me in the brighter sky
(as a silhouette in the dark)
If you could embrace both sides of your life
(I'm here, I'm there, I've been by your side)

That was long ago
The days with my little boy
But you've gone away
(Why did the wind pass me by?)
Still I'm missing you
Let me touch your face again
(Can't keep you off my mind)

The waves of sorrows came rolling in
Could the moon and stars come to shine again?

A part of your story untold yet
I can see the both sides of your moon
(Find me there up in your sky!)

The tide was flowing
The time was being filled
I let you know
It's because we were there to let the tree grow wider and higher

Rising and falling
Saying something
Lying there
But there was no knowing what you meant to me
Till you're gone away
You must be (an angel)

You're my guiding light
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - INVASION
INVASION

I send you my voice
We send you our voices
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - THE INEVITABLE PAIN Ⅱ
THE INEVITABLE PAIN Ⅱ
An empty shell, it's become
What we believed to the belief

Meaningless, we have found
What they have told us since the cage came out

Not by taking, not by being taken
We have to find the balance

What could decide your life?
Nothing is higher than you
What you're seeking for is just the obsessed notion

It's not your own willing, it's not your own thinking
Alone and anxious, you're feeling
That's the inevitable pain

Every life begins with tears and screams
But you could find the cycle of rise and fall
Don't let your loneliness block the guiding light in your sky
Don't throw yourself into the hollowness of that power

Don’t let your anxiety and emptiness spread in yourself
Accept, recognize what you’ve got inside of you

Don't let them take your soul away
Don't let them bewitch with moonshine
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - LOST ON THE FLOOR
LOST ON THE FLOOR

Lost on the floor of a movie theater
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - ESCAPE
ESCAPE

All you need to do is just to follow the footprints
Someone else left
Isn't it easier to pretend to act than accept?
To walk under the higher command?
Find it easy
That you’ve got no room to roam
Isn't it hard to find someone to blame when you're unsatisfied
By your unconscious fears?
Isn't it annoying you to decide by yourself?
Isn't it comfortable to stay where you used to be?
Isn't it simple to be what others expect?
Isn't it safer to be buried in the crowd?
I'm not gonna leave you as long as you cease to be yourself

How beautiful and meaningless! Hear them talk
The hollowness and lightness of their words
Talking eloquent but saying nothing
Talking beautiful but saying nothing

The more you try to be yourself
The stronger your feeling of loneliness gets

I'm gonna show you the way to escape from freedom

“Step into the box to be so stuffy and so obsessed
Line straight up
Absent
Empty
Invisible
Anonymous
Superficial
False sake
Faceless power
Simplification
Homogeneity
Automaton
The safer choice
Escape from freedom
Release the hatred for the powerlessness inside you"

Could there be another choice to make it right?
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - GAZING AT YOU
GAZING AT YOU

(So why shouldn't I?)
We are waiting at your gate
And gazing at your window
Waiting for you to find us
Crying and shouting with refugee’s eyes
Holding sorrows with hands crossed
We send our voices
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - SNOW, MELT, WIND
SNOW, MELT, WIND

Snow, melt, wind
Snow melt into wind
Into the night

As if to pray (We are truly waiting)
As if to say (We are silently shouting)
As if horrified and denied
As if to pray

Thousands of soundless cries came rolling over me
(save all, the rain so strong)
I can't leave you there in despair, in desperate
(the wind so cold)
I'm gonna pass down your voices all across the roaring sea
I'm gonna let your branches grow
So wider and higher
Unchain you (unlock the gate to make you breathe)
Unchain you (so why should I look away?)

MELTAMI brought this city a smell of death
MELTAMI came through in over my window pane
MELTAMI

Day and night, waiting
I can’t pass them by
I can’t look away
Waiting for the day to rise again
Rain, pain, faith, the day to rise again
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - PORT OF HOPE
PORT OF HOPE

Against rough and high
Waiting for the moment to sing that song again
Against all these fears
Holding back the tears buried for a thousand years
No matter how hard
We’ve got to make our way across the sea
No matter how long and far
We’ve got to set out for the Promised Land

At the break of dawn
We saw the waning moon shining high up in the sky
Could this be the day
To take them back the voices
With the life you gave under the same moon night
Now we feel the sun coming back
Lighting up the cruel world
So we head this way to the Port of Hope
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - NOME DA VIDA
NOME DA VIDA


Those days are gone
Of raging water
You can feel so safe now

Call out your names
Loud and strong
In this sky

You did prey, stray, and gaze at the gate
But we have you here now

If heavy clouds cover the land again
If the tides unforgivingly get rough again

You will find the reason to believe
There will be the ones waiting for you

As we walk on, we may come upon our child of God
The delight of the day
The first light of our lives
Blessed moments never ever had

He could let our eyes open wide
Nome da vida
Every name of life here and there should not be sacrificed

In something turning and changing
Never let them spoil the future for the ghosts' deal

Tomorrow you may leave
But you will stay in our hearts
Name of life, all of your names will be in our hearts to stay

Under the 23rd, under the same moon night
We'll be waiting here for you
This day, this way, we wait for you at the port of hope

The feeling of you and me should remain so deep
You may cry someday
But you could find your place some other time (that never changes)

No game, no fame but names with faces and spirits
We want to hear today
Come and take our hands to embrace and to grace your traces

Tomorrow you may leave
But your name of life will stay forever
Nome da vida, all of your names will stay

I'll always have you here
You can be back anytime you want
This is the place to be for you and me
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - THE GIVEN (A TREE)
THE GIVEN (A TREE)

An old frame’s insanity
Made the people awaken
Old memories and emotions exploded with rage

From this hill, I can see an old and wise
Walking along the shoreline
That last morning in July

I am here because you were there
There would be nothing without you
You've been my guiding light
You came and took my hand to ride the wind pass the green field

Let me know about the story of a tree on that hill
That happened so long ago, far far away
Please tell me how it reached across the rough tide
Never ever will I stop thinking back to that day
When you came into my life

You let me believe there's an unfallible belief
From now I'll be like a tree you can fall back on

We are here because you were there
There should be nothing without you
You've been our guiding light still now
You came and took our hands to ride the wind pass the green field

Let us know about the reason
Why that tree keeps on growing, spreading wider and higher
And trying to reach the sky so high and strong
Please tell us why we reached this shore beyond the rough time

Never ever will we stop thinking back to the day
When you came into our life as if to save
From now we'll be the branches reaching out to the sky
Giving shelter to anybody who knows

On the first day of the 20th century
Heaven sent him
To make us awaken (to let us know)
One day in the dawning of this age
Heaven sent another kind of child in our hearts
With anger of mountains
With fear of troubled water

New Moon is turning visible
We got to find it in the brighter sky

(He is)
Name of life
Light to guide
Sign for life
A song never to die

MOON TREE LIGHT
Track Name: ACCEPT(JP) - IN THE BRIGHTER SKY
IN THE BRIGHTER SKY

High and wide
Find me in the brighter sky
Rise and fall
Here again