SEVEN

Seven – Life among six – seven strings When Petr Kolar has left Ceske Budejovice’s band called Whitelight in the summer of 1995 and moved to Prague, after many auditions it became more or less obvious that his exceptional voice can’t be replaced easily. However, at the end of the same year Honza Kirk Behunek realized that his further life without music wouldn’t make any sense. Attracted by Milos Dodo Dolezal’s suggestion, he began thinking about recording an instrumental album. It was called "Blue Angels" and was recorded under the name Johny Band but before the end of 1996 the name was changed to Seven. Besides Behunek there were drummer Slavek Franc and base-player Jiri Kejsar in the group.

This formation lasted practically the whole decade with one short exception when Franc took a year off before returning behind the drums again. In 2000 band’s first album called "Crying World" (info) had been released and marked a great success because in a few months period over a thousand of copies were sold – which is not bad for an instrumental effort. In 2002 a collection of ten composition’s called "Entice from Sea" (info) was released and was christened by the metal queen Doro Pesch herself. Since that time a strong musical and human bond between her and Honza has developed. Meanwhile the trio had traveled and played almost all over the Europe and built a continual fan’s base. Two years later the group recorded a great CD called "Sevens" (info) which was embellished by a couple of numbers sung by Brona Mika (Satisfucktion) and Jiri Fojtl but above all two songs sung by Doro Pesch. This album became a much-sought-for rarity among various musical gourmands and collectors. Another piquancy is the fact that this CD was christened by the former Iron Maiden’s front man Blaze Bayley.


A closer co-operation between him and the band had been discussed and planned but unfortunately it was thwarted by his management. Relations among the band members slowly deteriorated and in the February of 2006 led to departure of rhythmic section. A massive audition partaken by many musicians was won by drummer Radim Pigl and the base-player’s post was offered to Kirk’s student Martin Przecek – a guitar player who proved he could play the base better than many specialists. In June of 2007 the new formation went to the studio and recorded a new album called "Light of Souls" (info). A half of the record is with vocals, the second half is instrumental. Originally a co-operation was promised by the phenomenal Glen Hughes (former bassist and singer for Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, etc.) but unfortunately because of his busy schedule it wasn’t bound to happen. Finally the vocal parts were taken by Kamil Strihavka, Jan Touzimsky, Brona Mika and Libor Novak. Right after the album’s finishing another change in band’s personnel took place: Radim was replaced behind the drums by excellent Lukas Kunes. Because bassist Martin is a guitar player above all, sometimes he and Kirk switched their roles on stage to entertain the audience with their universality. Among other bands, in 2007 Kirk played also with Kreyson. Finally Seven had found a stable bassist in a young Musical Academy student Petr Bidlo who managed this not so easy task with brilliancy and in about a week’s time was ready to get on stage and play.

After Petr Kolar’s departure the audition for new vocalist’s post was taken by about 160 singers. Finally the position was filled by Jiri Komberec. Now a new material is ready and at the end of the year the band is heading to the studio to record about 13 tracks with vocals and two instrumental numbers as a bonus. Honza Kirk Behunek was asked this year for another co-operation with Doro Pesch. He offered her seventeen songs some of which will appear on her new album. He was a guest star of Doro 25 years in rock concert in Düsseldorf were Tarja, Nevermore and other bands also appeared.

In 2011 their latest album "Freedom Call" (info) was released.



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