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.




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 2007 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Atom Age Vampire In 308 2012 Lathe Cut, Picture Disc, 7"
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 1995 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Black 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Psycho In 308 2013 CDr, EP
Balzac - Pray: The Complete Session 2008 CDr, Compilation, DVDr
Balzac - Hybrid Black - Monochrome c/w Sin Blood 2019 Box Set, Single, Limited Edition, Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition, Cassette, Single, Limited Edition, CDr, Single, Limited Edition, DVDr, Single, Limited Edition
No Image Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - Rise 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Legacy Of Atom Age Vampire 13 Live Tracks Special Sampler CD 2013 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Complete Videos Of Blackout 2013 DVDr
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - The Unofficial Best Works Of Balzac #3 Akio's Personal Selection First Edition 2017 CDr, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - Padadox Balzac "Gacha" Bootleg Series II 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Fear 2009 Acetate, 7"
Balzac - Veritas Tempore Patet Occulta 1993 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Four Seasons / Evil Never Dies 2018 Lathe Cut, 7", Single, Limited Edition
バルザック* - 幻影 2021 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism 2007 CD, Album
Balzac - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 1997 Vinyl, LP, Album
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 1998 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - The Birth Of Evil 2008 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Terrifying! Tour 2002 For Club Citta, Kawasaki 2002 VHS
バルザック* - When The Fiendish Ghouls Night 1996 Vinyl, 7", Single Sided, Single, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered
Balzac - Bloodsucker/Bloodsucker Demos 2015 CD, CDr
Balzac - Video The Hatred 2008 DVDr
Balzac - 20 years Of The Light And Darkness 2012 DVD
Balzac - Terrifying! II Complete Version 2002 VHS
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night/Wall 308 2003 CD, Single, Promo
Balzac - The Human Blood 2006 CDr, Single
Balzac - Ever Blood 2016 DVD
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Picture Disc
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 2016 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Limited Edition
Balzac - Fear 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Godless 2015 CD, Mini, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - 26 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #7 Taste Of Blood 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Fear 2009 Acetate, 7"
Balzac - Deep Demo 2017 2017 CDr, Album, Limited Edition
No Image Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 2012 Cassette, Remastered
Balzac - Twenty Six 2016 CD, Single
Balzac - Music Video Clip Bloodsucker 2015 DVDr

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