YesWeDo – The Missed Sanctification

YesWeDo - The Missed Sanctification

YesWeDo is a project of Cluj-Napoca, Romania based composer and multi-instrumentalist Zoltan Sebestyen, who recently released his debut full-length album “The Missed Sanctification” via Hunnia Records. For the purpose of recording the album, Zoltan worked with drummer Adam Marko of Special Providence fame and guitarist Richard Bordea. The songs on “The Missed Sanctification” were written in the period of five years, from 2009 to 2014. The album was recorded in the summer 2014 at the SuperSize Recording studios in Budapest with producer Gabor Noniusz who mixed and mastered the material. Sebestyen explained before that “The Missed Sanctification” is an autobiographical release, and that “the musical material is slave for the lyrical content.

Welcome indeed to the beautiful nightmare world called “The Missed Sanctification.” With an introductory release to the band’s opus (bear in mind that Sebestyen’s intent is to bring group on the road), YesWeDo created an album that has all the potential to push them into upper echelons of charts.

As “outsider” as it feels, “The Missed Sanctification” is something that masses can easily identify with. It rather feels as a band with the drive and unfettered ambition to create a standalone marvel which not only awakens the ghosts and cliches from alternative and progressive music’s pompous pasts, but it entirely adds its own voice. And Sebestyen’s voice is intelligent and familiar, his cold grandiosity spreads out like wildfire as the album plays out.

Instruments crash before they burst, with “Partners” and “Yes, We Do” going the furthest in imitating feelings of desolation. “Hiding Place,” “We Will Rise,” and “We Are The Temple” are the sharpest-sounding tracks on “The Missed Sanctification.” There is everything here to make YesWeDo big—ethereal melodies, soaring melodies, and a bombastic sense of “epic” that makes the band’s sound both memorable and powerful.

The Missed Sanctification” covers a wide range of emotions. There is great songwriting, great performances and an epic quality that is rarely found in alternative rock. YesWeDo have a way of magically turning a three-piece into the sonic equivalent of a rock orchestra, and giving strength and bite to their music.

Is this band going to meet a criticism from prog fans? Unfortunately, yes. They are very alternative rock based, which many would consider a far cry from actually being prog. While there is definitely a feeling that YesWeDo are never going to be full-out prog band, they incorporate prog music into a more accessible songwriting style that is enjoyable, although the music tends to flow in a depressing direction in terms of style and feeling. The band integrates progressive (innovative) ideas into a more accessible sound. But that also doesn’t mean that this is mainstream. It is simply a marriage of two schools of music, and there are certainly enough strange ideas in the music to keep the album fresh for many listens.

In general, YesWeDo have impressed me with their songwriting. They succeeded in making an album that is dramatic, bombastic and larger than life from start to finish. “The Missed Sanctification” is one of the nicest discoveries in terms of new music in 2015.


1. Hiding Place 03:23
2. We Will Rise 03:16
3. Partners 04:13
4. In My Closet 03:21
5. Dependence 03:19
6. Yes, We Do 04:16
7. We Are The Temple 03:51
8. Love Bomb 03:54
9. Do You Understand? 04:04
10. Cosmic Jerusalem 06:16


* Richard Bordea – guitars

* Adam Marko – drums,

* Zoltan Sebestyen – voice, bass, piano/synth and programming


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