Vocalist/guitarist, founder, and visionary Ivan Sekyra of the cult Czech metal band DRAKAR died on Saturday, June 30 after a long illness. He was 59 years old.
“Let Draka/Flight Of The Dragon”, a double disc reissue of DRAKAR‘s two releases that came out in 1990 (with the Czech version of the album occupying the first disc and the English version the second), was made available last year via I Hate Records.
When asked in a 2011 interview with Teeth Of The Divine about the DRAKAR sound, Sekyra said, “I’ve always relied on the strongest musical motifs which I wrote. The music of DRAKAR is deliberately riddled with practices that are banned in classical music. There is important work with rhythms. None of the drummers wanted to play like that because they used to play different from it. But finally they understood. Although you may hear influences of bands that I liked, in the music of DRAKAR it is mainly my own sound and expression. [As for the vocals], we could not find right singer, so I started to sing of necessity alone. A few people told me that I have an interesting timbre of voice, and so I tried to take advantage of it. The vocal should sound like when Big Brother speaks to you, a hundred times intensified.”