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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 - One Night In Hell 2012 Lathe Cut, 7", EP, Picture Disc
Balzac - Neat Neat Neat / The End Of The Century 1999 Flexi-disc, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Balzac - Pray: The Complete Session 2008 CDr, Compilation, DVDr
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 2015 Lathe Cut, LP, 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition
Balzac - Isolation From No.13 2016 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Bleeding Black 2013 DVDr
Balzac - Hell Rising 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Legacy Of Atom Age Vampire 13 Live Tracks Special Sampler CD 2013 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Complete Tracks Isolation From No. 13 2013 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 2012 CD, Single, Remastered
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 2013 CD, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction 2008 CD, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - Official Bootleg Complete Tracks Blackened 2014 CDr, Compilation
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 20120526 Bootleg 2012 CDr, Single
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 2 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 1 2004 CD, Single
Balzac - Deep Demo 2017 2017 CDr, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-11 "The 13 Dark Night" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism II 2006 CD, Album, Promo
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead # 11: Live At Shibuya Club Quattro, Tokyo 2007061 2011 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead # 10: Live At Club Vijon, Osaka 20,060,818 2011 DVDr
Balzac - Second Season Of The Dead #02: Live At Yoyogi Park, Tokyo 20020903 2010 DVDr
Balzac - Padadox Balzac "Gacha" Bootleg Series II 2018 CDr, Single, Limited Edition
Atom-Age Vampire In 308 Balzac* - Isolation From No. 13 1997 Vinyl, 7", Repress, Single
Balzac - Inside My Eyes 2004 Vinyl, 7", Single, Limited Edition
バルザック* - When The Fiendish Ghouls Night 1996 Vinyl, 7", Single Sided, Single, 45 RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered
Balzac - Out Of The Blue II 2002 CD, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Season Of The Dead 2004 Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered, Promo, Vinyl, 7", Single Sided
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 (T.W.I.M Mix Version) 1999 Cassette, Single
Balzac - Beware Of Darkness (w/Wind-Up Toy) 2003 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Hands Of 9 Evils 2000 Vinyl, 7"
Balzac - Paradox 2009 CD, Mini-Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Last Men On Earth 2012 CD, Album, Remastered
Balzac - Ever Free From #9 Dream 2016 CD, Single
Balzac - Trick Or Treat 2015 CDr, Single
Balzac - The Box Of 4 Evils 2008 Box Set, Compilation, Cassette, CD
Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave Shibuya O-East 20040305 2004 DVD
Balzac - US Tour 2007 Gallery 2009 DVDr
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #9 Season Of The Dead 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - 死線 2020 CD, Maxi-Single
Balzac - Ever Blood 2016 DVD
Balzac - Black 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Wonderwall 2014 Lathe Cut, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Deranged Mad Zombies 海賊盤 2008 Acetate, 7"
Balzac - Wonderwall 2015 Flexi-disc, 7", Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - One Night In Hell 2012 Cassette, EP, Remastered
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CD, Single
Balzac - Live At Cafe Glocksee Hannover 15.05.2016 2016 CDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - Bloodsucker Returns 2015 CD, Mini-Album, Limited Edition, DVDr, Limited Edition

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