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 - 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
Balzac - DEEP 2017 Demo Recordings Fiendish Ghouls From Outer Space III 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Deep Middle-Agers From Outer Space 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Pray Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Music Video Clip Bloodsucker 2015 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead #08: Live At B.B.King, New York 20051031 2010 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead #06: Live At K4, Nurnberg 20040630 2010 DVDr
Balzac - Deep Blue -Official Bootleg 2006 CDr, Single
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2007 CD, EP
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CD, Single
Balzac - One Night In Hell (LP Mix) 2009 CDr, EP
Balzac - The Unofficial Best Works Of Balzac #4 Takayuki's Personal Selection First Edition 2017 CDr, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - Blackened 2017 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 2 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - The Unofficial Best Works Of Balzac #3 Akio's Personal Selection 2017 CDr, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition
Balzac - Wonderwall 2017 Cassette, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Twenty Six 2016 CD, Single
Balzac - Paradox 2012 Vinyl, LP, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Balzac - Out Of The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2003 CD, Compilation, Album
Balzac - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス 2000 CD, Album
Balzac - Out Of The Blue II 2002 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス 2007 CD, Album, Remastered
バルザック* - When The Fiendish Ghouls Night 1996 Vinyl, 7", Single Sided, Single, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered

Images - Coming soon...

Tracklist: Demo Tracks Of Deranged

No. Title Runtime
1 Deranged
2 Death Cult Freaks
3 I See Nothing, I Hear Nothing

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