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 CD, Album
Balzac - Unvarnished Facts 2001 CD, Maxi-Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Psycho In 308 1995 VHS
Balzac - Deep 2009 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - 20020511 AX 2002 VHS
Balzac - Dark-ism 2005 CD, Mini-Album
Balzac - Deep 2009 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - The Deranged Mad Zombies 海賊盤 2008 CDr, Single
Balzac - Nowhere Number 13 / Tomorrow 2001 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - 15 Years Of Unholy Darkness Tour 2007 2008 DVDr
Balzac - 20 years Of The Light And Darkness 2012 DVD
Balzac - The Making Of Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 2009 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Deep 2009 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Wall: 10th Anniversary Retrospective CD 2007 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - The Human Blood 2006 CDr, Single
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #2 Psycho In 308 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night/Wall 308 2003 CD, Single, Promo
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Promo
Balzac - Bloodsucker Returns 2015 Lathe Cut, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Mini-Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2009 Acetate, 12", EP
Balzac - Day The Earth Caught Fire 2015 Flexi-disc, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Vanishes In Oblivion 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - Deep Blue -Official Bootleg 2006 CDr, Single, DVDr
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 2016 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Limited Edition
Balzac - Bloodsucker 2015 DVDr
Balzac - The Wonderwall Begins: Demo Tracks 2014 CDr, Single
Balzac - Legacy Of Atom Age Vampire 13 Rare Tracks Special Sampler 2013 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night Official Bootleg 2006 CDr, Single
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 1998 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - 1996 2016 CD, Album, Compilation, Limited Edition, DVDr
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth Official Bootleg Demo Recordings 2016 2016 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness 2003 DVD
Balzac - In Your Face/Day The Earth Caught Fire Official Bootleg 2007 CDr, Single
Balzac - Day The Earth Caught Fire Official Bootleg 2006 CDr, Single
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Shock And Horror! 2017 DVDr, Reissue
Balzac - Night Tide Zero 2015 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス Complete Films 2011 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead # 13: Live At Shinjuku Loft, Tokyo 20091229 2011 DVDr
Balzac - 20020511 AX 2013 DVDr
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 20120526 Bootleg 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - I Can't Stand It Anymore / D.a.r.k 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Swallow The Dark 2007 CD, Single
Balzac - Evil Never Dies 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Out Of The Blue II 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition, Reissue
Balzac - Deep Middle-Agers From Outer Space II 2017 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Promo
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2013 Cassette, EP, Promo, Reissue, Remastered

Images - Coming soon...

Tracklist: Official Bootleg Complete Tracks Judgement Day

No. Title Runtime
1 Judgement Day Official Release Version
2 Judgement Day Demo Version
3 Judgement Day Pre-Production Version 1
4 Judgement Day Pre-Production Version 2
5 Judgement Day Live Version 1 (2011)
6 Judgement Day Live Version 2 (2012)
7 Judgement Day Acoustic Demo Version

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