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 - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 1997 Vinyl, LP, Album
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 1998 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism 2007 CD, Album
Balzac - Atom-Age Vampire In 308 1995 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Pray: The Complete Session 2008 CDr, Compilation, DVDr
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Box Set
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Veritas Tempore Patet Occulta 1993 Cassette, EP
Balzac - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス 2007 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Lord Of The Light And Of The Darkness 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Psycho In 308 2013 CDr, EP
Balzac - Rise 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Legacy Of Atom Age Vampire 13 Live Tracks Special Sampler CD 2013 CDr, Compilation
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 - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
No Image Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - Atom Age Vampire In 308 2012 Lathe Cut, Picture Disc, 7"
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
Balzac - Black 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Complete Videos Of Blackout 2013 DVDr
Balzac - Fear 2009 Acetate, 7"
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 - Beyond The Darkness 2003 CD, Album, Compilation, Enhanced, DVD, DVD-Video
Balzac - 13 Stairway: The Children Of The Night 2007 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Out Of The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2003 Vinyl, LP, Test Pressing, Compilation, Album, Promo
Balzac - Terrifying! Tour 2002 For Big Cat, Osaka 2002 VHS
Balzac - Video Deep II 1998 VHS, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Light Cross Over To Darkness, Go Toward That Place 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Dark-ism Liquid Room 20050403 2005 DVD
Balzac - Dark-ism Liquid Room 20050403 2005 DVD
Balzac - Balzac 1995 Violent Paradise & Monster 1 2012 CD, Single
Balzac - Demo Tracks Of Deranged 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #5 A Day In The Darkness 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - The Deranged Mad Zombies 海賊盤 2008 Acetate, 7"
Balzac - Fear 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Blackout 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Deep Blue: Demos #4 2016 CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - I Can't Stand It Anymore Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 店頭用PV 2004 VHS, Promo
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 2015 Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Remastered
Balzac - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 20th Anniversary Box Set For Promotion Edition (Skull Design) 2017 Box Set, Album, Single, Compilation, Limited Edition, Promo, Special Edition, CD, Album, Single, Special Edition, CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition, Cassette, Single, DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - The 6th Season "Deep Blue" 2016 CDr, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 1996 Vinyl, 7", Picture Disc, Single
Atom-Age Vampire In 308 Balzac* - Isolation From No. 13 1996 Cassette, Single, Promo
Balzac - Shock And Horror! 1997 VHS

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Tracklist: Unvarnished Facts

No. Title Runtime
1 Unvarnished Facts
2 When The Fiendish Ghouls Night III
3 Horrorwood II

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