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 - Out Of The Blue II 2003 Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Limited Edition
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 1995 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Stereo
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 1996 Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Single
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 1995 CD, Album
Balzac - 13 Stairway: The Children Of The Night 1998 CD, Album
Balzac - Out Of The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2003 CD, Compilation, Album, Promo, DVD, PAL
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth 2-Disc Package 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - 20010112 Live At On Air East, Tokyo, 12th, January, 2001 2001 VHS
Balzac - The Making Of 13 Stairway: Ultra Rare 14 Tracks 2008 CDr, Compilation, DVD
Balzac - Nowhere Number 13 / Tomorrow 2001 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Judgement Day 2010 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Wonderwall 2014 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Know There Is Light Within The Darkness The Light Cross Over To Darkness, Go Toward That Place 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Thirteen Ghost / Psycho In 308 2001 CD, Mini
Balzac - Deranged 2011 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - 66 Hits From Darkism Vol.I And Vol.II 2006 DVD
Balzac - The Making Of Hatred 2008 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Nowhere Number 13 / Tomorrow 2001 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Balzac 1995 Violent Paradise & Monster 1 2012 CD, Single
Balzac - Wall: 10th Anniversary Retrospective CD 2007 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Dark 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2013 2014 Lathe Cut, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Bloodsucker 2015 Lathe Cut, 7", Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Blow Out 2015 Flexi-disc, 7", Limited Edition
Balzac - Hatred Lies Deep Inside 666/Live At Torgau, Entenfang "Endless Summer Festival" 2008 DVD, DVDr
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave Shibuya O-East 20040305 2004 DVD
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #11 Horrorock 2010 CDr, Single
Balzac - Godless 2015 CD, Mini, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Films Of 3 Songs From Dark-ism 2005 DVD, Limited Edition
Balzac - Deranged Demo Track 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Deep 2009 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #4 Bloody Beast Diabolos 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 1995 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Repress
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness Re-Mix 2018 2018 CD, EP, Limited Edition
Balzac - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 20th Anniversary Edition Box Set (Skull Design) 2017 CD, Album, Single, Special Edition, CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition, Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition, Picture Disc, DVDr, Limited Edition, Box Set, Album, Single, Compilation, Limited Edition, Special Edition
Balzac - Deep / Woman Eater 2017 Cassette, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - When The Fiendish Ghouls Night Official Bootleg 2005 CDr, Single
Balzac - Bloodsucker Returns 2015 CD, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-04 "Curious Lore And Evil Legend" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - Off The Wall 2015 CDr, Mini, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Night In 308 - Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Fiendish Ghouls Night Vol.2 2004 VHS
Balzac - Into The Light Of The Thirteen Dark Night Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Pray Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition

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