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Hannibal Band!

Hannibal is one of the most noteworthy metal groups in Greece with exceptional, first rate alliances outside of Greece, which only a select few can achieve. Of course, a band like this deserves the best, so good collaboration with top groups outside of Greece tops their agenda. Their progress is steady and attests to the fact that they are professionals.

I met Alex, the lead singer of the group, who has amazing and rare vocal abilities. Listening to him makes this obvious! The sheer range of his voice seems an impossibility. In speaking with him we, not only learn how the musical stage works, since his knowledge spans the range of every type of music, but also how he works with other people. He can guide others if asked, but never by giving advice in the usual way. He just knows how to pass on his knowledge. That means an artist in our times!

Alex teaches voice and I believe that one can only benefit near him and learn professionalism, love for music and of course song. After all, if he didn’t love it, would there be a way he could teach it? This is probably because he’s learned to be human from many hard years… perhaps because he’s had so many disappointments, as he himself says. Letdowns of fate I would say, or wrong choices which we can all make, but he has learned to be an example for all to follow. He knows how to inspire respect and to appreciate those who deserve it! Life has taught him much. He has excellent musical knowledge, being a musician and knows how to offer enjoyment and unending delight to his audience through unforgettable musical presentations.

Metal is at its apex! I believe that they deserve the best, which has to be something more than what they already have, not a small thing for a metal musical stage. Indeed, we could say that they deserve distinction after meeting and listening to them! So we wish them even greater success from the bottom of our hearts and souls and greater recognition, which is assured by their steady progress. With numerous collaborations with the likes of the Scorpions, Deff Leppard and Whitesnake, which one can see in their CV’s, the best thing for them is to have the same recognition which they already have outside of Greece and more recording partnerships with those who know how to appreciate them. One can only show respect for this band, because they feel their music, their songs, their vocals, their words. They don’t promise professionalism, they just play that metal! We are confident for them and will always be at their side!


Marina Veneka

The personal project of Alexander "Hannibal" Balakakis, lead singer of the greatest hard'n'heavy band in Greece named "Spitfire”.

He started singing at the age of 17 and his first band was "Silver Bullets" Their debut demo released in 1990 titled" Death is Certain" included 4 songs. During the summer of 1992 he joined Spitfire and became the lead singer of the band for 8 years in a row! In 1994 they created the demo "Everlastin' Love" including 4 songs, 3 of which were his. In 1995, the band Power Crue proposed that he sing in their debut album, "The sign of rage" and so he did. On the 12th and 13th of January, 1996, Spitfire performed with Iron Maiden in Athens. In 1997, he started singing professionally on rock stages on the island of Rhodes. The first was Sticky Fingers. He also created a band named "Marquis de Sande" experimenting with an industrial sound and Greek lyrics and participated in a competition of new groups at the Filippos Nakas Musical Foundation.
Next year was Roadhouse's (Rhodes) turn to invite him! In this same year of 1998, he joined a cover band named "Dna" and performed with them at the "Stavros Tou Notou" rock stage. He made a good impression and so became a part of this stage for 3 consecutive years!
In 1999, he left Spitfire and created the band "Herecys" as lead singer and composer.
2000 May be the darkest era of his life and career. His mother died, he left Stavros Tou Notou, and ended Herecys! In 2001, he began collaboration with the band 1550 as a metal cover singer at the club X-Bug. He wrote his first novel entitled "The End of Time". In 2002 he and 1550 changed venue and for 3 years in the raw, performed at Onoma Tou Rodou, in this same year, starting writing songs for his personal project: "Hannibal". In 2003, he sent a demo tape to a competition that "Filippos Nakas" held, just to see if his new songs were interesting. A few days later, he was told that he was to perform live, as his project was one of 27 best out of the 150 bands that participated, so he had to create a band! Within two days, he found partners and formed the first band named Hannibal. They received the highest ratings, but Universal decided not to sign a contract with them because the lyrics were in English! In 2004, he got married. In this same year, combining forces with Lazarus Varla (pro-guitarist) for the project "Oceans of Blood" by the band Acolyte. In 2005 his first son was born, Angelos. He and his band started recording the debut album This is U, signing a contract with Sleaszy rider Records and performing with 1550 at the Oxygen club, supporting great Greek rock singer Vassilis Papakonstantinou!
In 2006 “This is U” was released and a reunion with Spitfire ensued, so he joined them to support "Dokken" at the club Gagarin 205.
In 2007, Hannibal won the Cultural Action competition, and they were handpicked by Klauss Meine himself to do the opening act at the first Scorpions Festival at Karaiskaki stadium in Athens (18th of June). His second son Adamandios was born. In the same year, Acolyte’s "Oceans of blood" was released.

In 2008, he participated in the March Metal Day Festival in Athens (8-3-2008), featuring Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween, Masterplan) and performed before bands such as Nightwish, Nevermore, Annihilator, Edguy and Sodom. On the first of July, they were invited by Cultural Action to open the huge Def Leppard and Whitesnake show in Athens! In August of the same year, they recorded their second LP "Cyberia" at Grapow studios in Slovakia! He also recorded all vocals for the new Spitfire’s lp "Die Fighting" which is due to be released in March.
In 2009, Hannibal is performing at the "Onoma Tou Rodou" club with 1550. Hannibal is now seeking a label which will give them the opportunity to be heard throughout Europe and perhaps further!

Hannibal Band!

Ένα από τα πιο αξιόλογα μέταλ συγκροτήματα στην Ελλάδα και με κορυφαίες συνεργασίες στο εξωτερικό, που δύσκολα πραγματοποιούνται. Φυσικά, μία τέτοια μπάντα αξίζει τα καλύτερα, γι' αυτό και άμεση προοπτική είναι μια καλή συνεργασία με κορυφαία συγκροτήματα του εξωτερικού. Προχωρούν με σταθερά βήματα κι αυτό αρκεί για να καταλάβουμε τον επαγγελματισμό τους.

Γνώρισα τον Άλεξ, τον τραγουδιστή του συγκροτήματος, ο οποίος έχει αξιοθαύμαστα και σπάνια φωνητικά. Αρκεί να τον ακούσουμε από κοντά! Τα ανεβοκατεβάσματα της φωνής του είναι ακατόρθωτα. Όποιος μιλήσει μαζί του, το μόνο που έχει είναι να μάθει, όχι μόνο πώς λειτουργεί η μουσική σκηνή, αφού οι γνώσεις του είναι μία γκάμα από κάθε είδος μουσικής, αλλά και το πώς λειτουργούν οι επαφές με τον άλλον κόσμο. Μπορεί να καθοδηγήσει τον άλλον, αφού του ζητηθεί και ποτέ δίνοντας συμβουλές. Απλά ξέρει να μεταδίδει τις γνώσεις του. Κι αυτό σημαίνει καλλιτέχνης στις μέρες μας!

Ο Άλεξ διδάσκει φωνητικά και πιστεύω πως το μόνο που έχει κανείς είναι να κερδίσει στο πλάι του και να μάθει είναι επαγγελματισμός, αγάπη για τη μουσική, μα και το τραγούδι. Άλλωστε, αν δεν του άρεσε, υπήρχε περίπτωση να διδάξει τον τρόπο; Αξίζει πολύ περισσότερα, μα παρόλα αυτά προσφέρει την πολύχρονη εμπειρία του χωρίς ιδιαίτερες απαιτήσεις. Ίσως επειδή έμαθε να είναι άνθρωπος τόσα χρόνια... Ίσως γιατί έφαγε πολλά χαστούκια, όπως λέει και ο ίδιος.Τα χαστούκια της μοίρας, λέω εγώ ή λάθος επιλογών που όλοι κάνουμε. Έμαθε και είναι παράδειγμα προς μίμηση. Ξέρει να εμπνέει σεβασμό και να εκτιμά εκείνους που αξίζουν! Η ζωή του δίδαξε πολλά. Με άριστες μουσικές γνώσεις, καθώς είναι και μουσικός και ξέρει να δίνει και στο κοινό του την ευχαρίστηση και απεριόριστο κέφι για μία άψογη μουσική παράσταση, αρκεί.

Η μέταλ μουσική στο αποκορύφωμά της! Νομίζω πως τους αξίζει το καλύτερο. Κι αυτό, φυσικά, είναι κάτι ανώτερο απ’ αυτό που έχουν ήδη καταφέρει, κάτι που δεν είναι λίγο για τη μέταλ μουσική σκηνή. Αντιθέτως, θα έλεγε κανείς πως τους αξίζει το ξεχωριστό, γνωρίζοντας και ακούγοντάς τους! Θα τους ευχηθούμε, λοιπόν, μέσα από τα βάθη της καρδιάς και της ψυχής μας, ακόμη μεγαλύτερες επιτυχίες και ακόμη περισσότερη αναγνώριση, την οποία είναι σίγουρο πως θα έχουν, αφού ξέρουν τον τρόπο να προχωρούν. Με τόσες συνεργασίες, όπως οι Scorpions, οι Def Leppard, οι Whitesnake, κάτι που μπορεί να δει κάποιος στο βιογραφικό τους, το καλύτερο για εκείνους είναι μία αναγνώριση, την οποία ήδη έχουν από κόσμο του εξωτερικού, από ακόμη περισσότερους δίσκους, συνεργαζόμενοι με ανθρώπους που θα ξέρουν να εκτιμούν. Μόνο εκτίμηση μπορεί να δείξει κανείς σε αυτή την μπάντα, γιατί νιώθουν τη μουσική τους, τα τραγούδια τους, τα φωνητικά τους, τα λόγια τους. Δεν υπόσχονται επαγγελματισμό και απλά μια μέταλ μουσική, απλά πράττουν! Είμαστε σίγουροι για εκείνους και θα είμαστε πάντα στο πλευρό τους!


Μαρίνα Βενεκά