Title: “Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism”
Label: Misfits Records
Release Date: 7/31/2007
Genre: Horror Punk
Balzac are the Japanese Horror Punk band who formed back in 1992 and styled much of their image and sound on the legendary Misfits. Their sound is very quick-paced and very up tempo in terms of its style and for the most part the stuff is rather catchy. Their album “Deep Blue: Chaos From Darkism” delivers twenty two energetic numbers that are sure to make any Punk Rocker an instant fan of what they are doing. The release opens with a rather strange piece which consists of sound effects and radio voiced dialogue and this blasts into “Godless”, a track that sets you up for what the band is all about. It didn’t hit me at first but I sure loved the next batch of tunes that followed it because the driving drum beat, quick guitar riffs and the very melodic backing choruses made me realize this album was going to be a lot of fun. While the songs “The Scare”, “In Those Days” and “D.A.R.K.” were immediately my favorites I found that they all blasted by me in less than 10 minutes in the same fashion as a Ramones track would and that’s good Punk in my book. It’s straight to the point of rocking you out and no time for explanations about what they are doing. I mentioned the stuff was catchy and it is so much the case that I was singing along with their “oh whoa oh” sections without any prompting to do so. As a Horror Punk band they might find some appeal in the fans of Wednesday 13, even though that Groovy Ghoul is a little more Metal than they are.
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