Balzac - Out of the Grave and Into the Dark

Japanese Horrorpunks, 'Balzac' return with the follow-up to 2003's 'Beyond the Darkness', with mega packed 21 track album, 'Out of the Grave and into the Dark'. Suitably dark and mysterious as their name suggests, Balzac are a 4 piece from Japan, long since treading the boards of post punk underground in both Japan and the rest of the world.

Opening track, 'The Grave-Dreizehn', sets the tone for the rest of the record. That being fast paced, manic and slightly unnatural. Their unique brand of horror punk with a dab of modern screamo thrown in here and there works magnificently creating a musical cacophony of screaming guitars and synth wave wailing, set off brilliantly by a set of kick ass drums. However there's a little to be desired as to the variety of the record. By track 14 out of 21 it felt quite repetitive. Although by the end of the record they had won me over. Highlights include 'Shi-Wo-Yubi-Sasu' and 'Gimme Some Truth'.

Plenty worth checking them out, for the astute horror punk in us all.

by Lauren May

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