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 - 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 - One Night In Hell 1994 Cassette, EP
Balzac - The 4 Brothers Meet Misery Skull 1998 CD, Compilation
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 1999 CD, Maxi-Single, Repress
Balzac - Isolation From No. 13 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Hybrid Black 2019 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - Complete Legacy Of Evilegend: The Best Of Balzac 2009 CD, Album, Compilation
Balzac - 199666 2015 Lathe Cut, 7", Single Sided, Single, Limited Edition
Balzac - Curious Lore And Evil Legend 1993 VHS
Balzac - Shock & Horror! Weird The Balzac #1 Black Sunday 2009 CDr, Single
Balzac - Black 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Horrorock / Rain 2005 CDr, Single, Promo
Balzac - Psycho 2011 Lathe Cut, 7", Picture Disc
Balzac - Deep Teenagers From Outer Space 1997 CD, Album
Balzac - Curious Lore And Evil Legend 1993 VHS
Balzac - Hatred Lies Deep Inside 2008 DVD
Balzac - The Film Of Deranged 2011 DVDr
Balzac - 26 2013 CDr, Single
Balzac - Demo Tracks Of Deranged 2011 CDr, Single
Balzac - Into The Light Of The 13 Dark Night 2010 CDr, Single
Balzac - Descent Of The Diabolos 1993 Cassette, EP, Repress
Balzac - Fear 2009 Acetate, 7"
No Image Balzac - Came Out Of The Grave 2004 CD, Album, Repress
Balzac - Another Tracks of Deep Blue 2016 CDr, Album, Limited Edition
Balzac - The End Of Century Atomic Radio Version 2015 CDr, Single, Reissue
Balzac - The 3rd Season Of Atom Age Vampire Number-12 "Kill Those Who Have Been Erased" 2012 DVDr, Limited Edition
Balzac - The Films Of 3 Songs From Dark-ism 2005 DVD, Limited Edition
Balzac - Gimme Some Truth Vol. 1 2004 CD, Single

Images - Coming soon...

Tracklist: Came Out Of The Grave

No. Title Runtime
1 The Grave - Dreizehn
2 絶望ノアノ場所ヘ
3 Season Of The Dead
4 Inside My Eyes
5 全能ナル無数ノ眼ハ死ヲ指サス II
6 The Pain Is All Around
7 Came Out Of The Grave
8 Beyond Evil 308
9 Art Of Dying
10 The World Without End
11 The Pain Is Not Around
12 I'm Losing You
13 Beware Of Darkness
14 I Know

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