Balzac

Balzac (typeset as BALZAC) is a Japanese punk band formed in 1992 in Kyoto. The band was founded by singer and songwriter Hirosuke Nishiyama, who has remained the only constant member of the band since its creation. Since the beginning, Balzac was highly influenced by the sound and image of the famous horror punk band The Misfits and, especially during the very early years, Glenn Danzig's Samhain, adopting and combining the musical and visual style of both bands to create their own. The band often stays away from the "campy" horror lyrics and image found in most horror punk bands, as the lyrics by Hirosuke tend to be more like dark poetry and, though not always serious, deal with themes of darkness, loneliness and fear.

The band has gained a certain amount of recognition and exposure outside of their native country, where they are well known. Currently they have five official clothing brands (Shocker!!!, Dementia 13, Culture, XXXxxx and Balzac) with one store in Japan, plus three online stores (Shocker Webstore, Shocker World Wide and Shocker EU). They also have their own official record label called Evilegend 13 Records on which they have released EPs, singles and videos. Balzac is also well known for its toy releases, some created by the companies T.W.I.M. and Secret Base, and its extensive discography and side-projects.

The current lineup of the band consists of Hirosuke Nishiyama (vocals), Atsushi Nakagawa (guitar/chorus), Akio Imai (bass/chorus) and Takayuki Manabe (drums/digital effects/chorus). Musically the band has drawn from punk, pop, industrial and noise, across their various releases.

 

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Releases

Sleeve Title Year Format
Balzac = バルザック* - The Last Men On Earth = 地球最後の男達 2015 Vinyl, LP, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Remastered
Balzac-Balzac - Balzac ‎– Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 1993 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス 2000 CD, Album
Balzac - Judgement Day 2011 CD, Album
Balzac - Swallow The Dark 2007 CD, Single
Balzac - Blackout 2013 CD, Album
Balzac - The Making Of Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Compilation
Balzac - Scapegoat666 2013 Box Set, EP, Cassette, EP, DVDr, DVDr, Vinyl, 7", EP, CDr, CDr
Balzac - Paradox 2009 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Picture Disc
Balzac - 20020511 AX 2002 VHS
Balzac - Veritas Tempore Patet Occulta 1993 Cassette, EP
Balzac - 199666 2015 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Scapegoat666 2013 CD, EP
Balzac - 20 years Of The Light And Darkness 2012 DVD
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #9 Season Of The Dead 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - "America's Most Wanted" 2003 VHS
BALZAC - Isolation From No. 13 1997 Vinyl, 7", Single, Repress
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2009 Acetate, 12", EP
Balzac - Hybrid Black 2019 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Off The Wall 2017 Lathe Cut, 7", 45 RPM, Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition, Picture Disc
No Image Balzac - Out Of The Blue II 2003 Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition, Picture Disc
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 2012 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Day The Earth Caught Fire 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Film Of Deranged 2011 DVDr
Balzac - The Films Of 3 Songs From Dark-ism 2005 DVD, Limited Edition
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2007 CD, EP
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 20120526 Bootleg 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction 2008 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Season Of The Dead / Inside My Eyes 2004 Vinyl, 7", Test Pressing
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness Re-Mix 2018 2018 CD, EP, Limited Edition
Balzac - Hands Of 9 Evils Demo 2017 CDr, Single
Balzac - Curious Lore And Evil Legend 2013 DVDr
Balzac - Godless Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Paradox Promotional Video Clips 2009 DVDr
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 20120526 Bootleg 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - 13 Dark Night 2011 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - Four Seasons / Evil Never Dies 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Blackened 2017 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Hybrid Black - Monochrome c/w Sin Blood 2019 Cassette, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 2023 Vinyl, 7", EP
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2013 Cassette, EP, Promo, Reissue, Remastered
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Paranoid Dream Of The Zodiac 2007 CD, Album
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism 2007 CD, Album
Balzac - The Birth Of Evil 2008 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - Terrifying! Tour 2002 For Club Citta, Kawasaki 2002 VHS
Balzac - Out Of The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2003 Vinyl, LP, Test Pressing, Compilation, Album, Promo

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