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 - Dark-ism 2005 CD, Mini-Album
Balzac - Swallow The Dark 2007 CD, Single
Balzac - Gyakko 2015 Lathe Cut, 7", Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 2016 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Limited Edition
Balzac - Blackened 2017 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Padadox Balzac "Gacha" Bootleg Series II 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Wonderwall 2017 Cassette, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - One Night In Hell 1994 Cassette, EP
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album
バルザック* - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス 2000 Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 1995 Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Stereo
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night/Wall 308 2003 CD, Single, Promo
Balzac - TWIM-Age Vampire 20020517 Live At Bottom Line 2002 VHS
Balzac - Complete Legacy Of Evilegend: The Best Of Balzac 2009 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - 20020511 AX 2002 VHS
Balzac - Balzac 1995 Violent Paradise & Monster 1 2012 CD, Single
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2009 Box Set, EP, Cassette, EP, CDr, EP
Balzac - Dark 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - The End Of Century Atomic Radio Version 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Shock And Horror! 1997 VHS
Balzac - The Unofficial Best Works Of Balzac #3 Akio's Personal Selection 2017 CDr, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 1996 Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Single
Balzac - Hands Of 9 Evils 2000 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 1993 Vinyl, 7", EP
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth II 2007 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Live At O-East 20040305 2005 CD, Album
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 1996 Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Single
Balzac - Blackout 2013 CD, Album
Balzac - Legacy Of Horror: The Best Of Balzac II 2011 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #6 Space Vampira In Silence Noize 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - 13 Dark Night 2014 CD, Album, Compilation, Repress
Balzac - Another Tracks From Judgement Day 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 Recording Session Rough Mix 2016 CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition
Atom-Age Vampire In 308 Balzac* - Isolation From No. 13 2000 Vinyl, 7", Repress, Single
Balzac - 20120310 Shimokitazawa Shelter Deranged Tour 2012 2012 DVD, DVDr, CDr, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Live From The 13 STAIRWAY Shelter & Fandango 2008 DVD
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - German "Hatred" Tour 2008 Complete 7 Evilives 2009 DVDr
Balzac - Rise 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - The Making Of Hatred (7 Songs Version) 2008 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Deranged Demo Track 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #8 Scapegoat 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness Re-Mix 2018 & Live 1993 2018 Cassette, Single, Limited Edition, CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - 13 Hits From Darkism 2010 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Scapegoat 2007 CD, EP
Balzac - The Fiendish Ghouls Night Vol.2 2004 VHS
Balzac - Fear 2009 CDr, Single

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Tracklist: One Night In Hell

No. Title Runtime
A1 Night Of The Blood Beast
A2 God Of Mercy
A3 Fiendish Ghouls
B1 13 Ghosts
B2 Atom-Age Vampire In 308
B3 A Taste Of Blood