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 - D.a.r.k 2005 CD, Maxi-Single, DVD, NTSC
Balzac - One Night In Hell 1994 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - The 4 Brothers Meet Misery Skull 1998 CD, Compilation
Balzac - The Legacy Of Terrifying #1 2002 VHS
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 CD, Maxi-Single, Repress
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Complete Legacy Of Evilegend: The Best Of Balzac 2009 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - 199666 2015 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Curious Lore And Evil Legend 1993 VHS
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #1 Black Sunday 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Black 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CDr, Single, Promo
Balzac - Psycho 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 1997 CD, Album
Balzac - Curious Lore And Evil Legend 1993 VHS
Balzac - The Film Of Deranged 2011 DVDr
Balzac - Fear 2009 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Hatred Lies Deep Inside 2008 DVD
Balzac - 26 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Demo Tracks Of Deranged 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2010 CDr, Single
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Repress
Balzac - Fear 2009 Acetate, 7"
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth Official Bootleg Demo Recordings 2016 2016 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition, Test Pressing
Balzac - Deep 2009 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Another Tracks of Deep Blue 2016 CDr, Album, Limited Edition
No Image Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - The End Of Century Atomic Radio Version 2015 CDr, Single, Reissue
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-12 "Kill Those Who Have Been Erased" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Films Of 3 Songs From Dark-ism 2005 DVD, Limited Edition
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 1 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - "Zero" Medley 2016 CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - 20120310 Shimokitazawa Shelter Deranged Tour 2012 2012 DVD
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-05 "Horror - Hell Hell Hell" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - 66 Hits From Darkism Vol.II 2006 DVD
Balzac - The Making Of Dark-ism 2005 CDr, Single
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CD, Single
Balzac - Nowhere #13 / Tomorrow 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Eyes - One Night In Hell 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From Number Thirteen 2016 Vanishes In Oblivion 2016 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From Number Thirteen 2016 Black Sunday 2016 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Godless 2014 CDr, Single
Balzac - Deranged 2011 CDr, Maxi-Single, Promo
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Repress
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Vanishes In Oblivion 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition

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