Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction
Label: DIWPhalanx Records - PX-176 • Format: CD Album, Repress 4 Members jacket • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
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 Samhainadopting and combining the musical and visual style of both Mestre Ramos - Quem Vem Lá Sou Eu - Cantigas de Roda de Capoeira 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 Make Her Mine - Intellectual T - Food For Thought Hirosuke tend to be more like dark poetry and, though not always serious, deal with themes of darkness, loneliness and fear. The band Thank You For The Cross - Tommee Profitt - Beautiful Grace 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!!! 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. Musically the band has drawn from punkpopindustrial and noiseacross their various releases.
After releasing just one demo cassette, entitled The Texas Chainsaw MassacreHirosuke decided to disband and started his next project, Balzacin Hirosuke first came in contact with the novelist's work during junior high school; he liked how the name sounded and decided to use it. The band's first lineup consisted of Hirosuke Nishiyama on vocals, Yoritsugu "Anti" Azuchi on bass, Tetsuya on guitar and Naoki on drums. During that time the band released their first demo cassette, which was limited to 13 copies only, entitled Scapegoat Inby the release of their second demo cassette, Descent Of The Diabolosthe band went through their first lineup change.
This new lineup went on to release the band's first single, "The Lord of the Light and of the Darkness", on their own record label, Evilegend13 Records. By the band managed to release their first full-length album, The Last Men on Earthafter being signed Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction Alchemy Records.
This would be their only release on Alchemy. Just before releasing their 3rd single, "Isolation From Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction . A long-time friend of Hirosuke's and avid Balzac fan, Akio Imai, joined the band as the new bassist.
Masami sat behind the drums for the next few releases. Duringwhen they were about to record their second full-length album, Deep - Teenagers from Outer Spacethe band once again found themselves without a drummer. They recruited another long-time friend and very experienced drummer, Futoshi Okano, to fill the spot. They would call upon him a few times over the years to help out with recordings when they found themselves without a drummer.
Okano is a very technical drummer and was able to include his signature sound into the new recordings. Member swaps were not the only changes for the band happening at that time; they also became a part of Diwphalanx Records on Halloween of that year.
Though not a major label, Diwphalanx Records is very well known in the indie scene throughout Japan. All subsequent major releases by the band would be Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction Diwphalanx Records, or on the band's own label, Evilegend13 Records. In the year ofKill joined the band as the new drummer, while they began to gain real recognition and notoriety in the indie scene.
At this moment they had caught the attention of the recently re-incarnated Misfits. Now being headed by original member and long time bassist Jerry OnlyBalzac was asked to open for The Misfits when they came for their first Japanese tour. This would mark a milestone in the band's career, which would lead to much success for Balzac outside Japan in the coming years.
This year was explosive to the band, as they were playing in much larger venues and to a bigger crowd. They launched a full-scale all-Japan tour to promote their album and played to sold-out crowds. InBalzac released a split single, "Oldevils Legend of Blood", with friends and fellow Japanese rock band Sobut. They released a special inch version of "Isolation From David St Romain - All I Really Wanted To Say. It would be re-recorded in many different versions over the next few years.
They also Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction the flexi 7-inch including "Neat Neat Neat," a Damned cover. This year also marked the beginning of the band's own fan clubthe Fiendish Club. Obviously modeled after The Misfits' Fiend Club, it offered fans a great way to stay in touch with the band and to receive some very rare items at the same time; it was exclusively for people living in Japan. Eventually the band would create the Fiendish Club International and the Fiendish Club Europe, exclusive versions of the original Fiendish Club for people residing outside Japan and in Europe, respectively.
Directly after, they played a string of shows with The Mad Capsule Markets. In this year there was a lot of heavy touring for the band, but they managed to release another video and the Kubrick sets. These sets included cute Medicom Toy Co. Soon after, they released a figure, this time a inch RAH version of the band's mascot, the Paperbag Man.
It was a concept album and sold extremely well. The album was very dark and had very strong industrial influences. Balzac opened their first retail store in OsakaJapan during this year.
It is a small store where they sell their own original brand, Shocker!!!! Hirosuke also has his own clothing brand called "Dementia Thirteen" which is also available through the store. Most recently, they have also launched yet another clothing brand, "Culture", and are in the Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction of fully releasing another one called "XXXxxx".
In early the band released numerous singles, as well as a box set featuring the amazing artwork of Japanese manga artist Suehiro Maruowhich had been used on the album Zennou-Naru Musuu no Me ha Shi wo Yubi Sasu. Near the end of the year the band found themselves once again without a drummer. Kill quit the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Takayuki. He had been a friend of the band's for many years and had just quit playing for the band The Batties Boys.
They also opened their second retail store, Coffin, in Kyoto. For Balzac released a split single with The Misfits. In April Balzac released their fifth full-length studio album.
The album was a double disc set called Terrifying! The first disc was mostly new material while disc two was a complete re-recording of the band's first full-length CD, The Last Man On Earth. They were received very well and would be asked back to tour the following summer. The year of would be a huge one for the band internationally. It was included as a part of a special 4-figure toy set from Medicom Toys Co.
The video for the song was recorded in the US and was released in May There was a censored, as well as uncensored version, due to the graphic nature of the video. In they released their sixth full-length album, Came Out of the Grave. It was released in a special edition long-box with a Be rbrick figure inside. During that summer they played a large festival with American punk rock band Rancidand released a tour documentary about their first USA tour, The Fiend Fest. It featured artwork by an American fan, Tony O'Farrel.
They also played their first tour in Europe during the summer. The band had truly become an international success. The band also released a special limited single entitled "Zodiac Killer" under the name Zodiac and even played a special live show as the "secret" side project band. Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction also played a special live show playing only Misfits covers as a part of a very special live event during the Christmas holiday season.
By they released the single "D. Soon after they released a mini album entitled Dark-Ism. This mini album included a song Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction "Yami no Hikari e" which had a much different sound than previous Balzac recordings.
They shot a promotional video clip for the song too released with a full-color hardcover photo history bookwhich was also very different from their other videos.
It showed the world another side of the band that had not been explored much. This song was originally performed on stage with Hirosuke playing rhythm guitar. This year also saw the band touring Japan again for the Darkism Tour. They also released a special picture disc 7-inch with T. M where they included the new song, " I Touched the Silence of the Rain". This was an earlier, rough version of the song Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction would later be included on the "Horrorock" single, which was included with a new inch Paperbag Man figure from Medicom Toys Co.
Balzac started out in earnest. It was Pray - Balzac - Hatred: Destruction=Construction with a special SkullBat figure, also in 2 limited colors. The all-Japan tour began soon after.
It includes many of the band's classic songs re-recorded with all the energy of the past combined with the technical talent of the present. A huge song, 2-disc, DVD set was released during the tour as well.
Balzac also played two extra special shows. The first show was in Tokyo's Shimokitazawa Yaneura at the end of June to a small crowd of fans. The second was on July 1 in Osaka at Osaka's Namba Bears, the small club where the band's career began.
During this year the band released the album The Deranged Mad Zombies under the same name without giving any notice and hiding completely all traces of Balzac's connection to the album. They also played a few huge shows with the visual kei band Muccand put on a special year-end live event where they took the stage as both Balzac and Zodiac. In Balzac released a 6-CD set of totally re-mastered previous releases.
Once again they toured Europe and the US, just after putting on a special memorial tour in Japan commemorating the release of their re-masters set. In they released a new single, "Swallow the Dark". It marked a return to the heavier and darker side for the band, reminiscent of some of their earlier work which was more brooding and dark. It was released in a regular edition, as well as a mm special edition featuring artwork by comic book artist Liam Sharp.
Around the first week of December the band released " The Box Of 4 Evils", a box set containing re-recordings of the first 2 demos by the band and a couple of others songs from their early years, all of this in cassette format. In March they released a remake Lover - Lionel Hampton, Cat Anderson, Eddie Chamblee, Frankie Dunlop - Los Grandes Del Jazz 57 the old "One Night In Hell" Box set, with exactly the same contents the old one had but with the songs re-recorded.
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