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 - Judgement Day 2011 CD, Album
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - The Legacy Of Terrifying #1 2002 VHS
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Picture Disc
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #3 Go Against With My Monster 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Demo Tracks Of Deranged 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Day The Earth Caught Fire 2015 Flexi-disc, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
No Image Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - The Making Of Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 23 Song Full Version 2006 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - 13 Dark Night 2011 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - D.a.r.k / Dark-ism 2005 CD, Promo
Balzac - Complete Films Of Wonderwall 2014 DVDr
Balzac - Judgement Day: The Films 2010 DVDr
Balzac - The Wonderwall Begins: Demo Tracks 2014 CDr, Single
Balzac - Complete Tracks Isolation From No. 13 2013 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night/Day The Earth Caught Fire 2008 CD, Single, Promo
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #7 Taste Of Blood 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2013 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-09 "Horror Night In 308" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2012 Lathe Cut, 10", Partially Unofficial
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 1 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 1993 VHS, Limited Edition, Promo
Balzac - Wonderwall Promotional Video Clipsl 2014 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead # 11: Live At Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo 2007061 2011 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season of the Dead #05: Live at Wild At Heart, Berlin 20040613 2010 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead #02: Live At Yoyogi Park, Tokyo 20020903 2010 DVDr
Balzac - Wonderwall Music Video 2014 DVDr
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CD, Single
Balzac - Scapegoat 2012 Lathe Cut, 10", Partially Unofficial
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Balzac 1995 Violent Paradise & Monster 1 2012 CD, Single
Balzac - Darkism'08 Live In Berlin 2012 Lathe Cut, 8", Partially Unofficial
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - 13 Hits From Darkism 2006 CD, Album, Limited Edition
バルザック* - When The Fiendish Ghouls Night 1996 Vinyl, 7", Single Sided, Single, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 Vinyl, LP, Album, Test Pressing
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 2012 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 2012 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Ever Free From #9 Dream 2016 CD, Single
Balzac - The 4 Brothers Meet Misery Skull 1998 CD, Compilation
Balzac - Nowhere Number 13 / Tomorrow 2001 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Ever Blood 2016 DVD, Limited Edition, CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition, CDr, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Black 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2009 Acetate, 12", EP
Balzac - Wonderwall 2015 Flexi-disc, 7", Single, Limited Edition

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