Balzac is a Japanese rock band formed in 1992 in Osaka. 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. To this day, they are considered by many to be the Japanese counterpart to The Misfits. 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 stores across Japan and one in Germany, plus two online stores (Shocker World Wide and Shocker EU). The band was founded by singer and songwriter Hirosuke Nishiyama, who has remained the only constant member of the band since its creation.
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