Best Of – One Man Bands

Going over the twelve entries we’ve selected as the cream of the musical loner crop, it’s amazing to see not only the variety of genres present, but the fact that such enormous, impactful music can come from a single individual. From guitar porn to one man black metal to a whole slew of electronic subgenres, these artists prove that “strength in numbers” may not apply to everyone. Because while this crew may not have been the most social group on the playground, they spent their alone time producing some of our favorite music and proving that collaboration isn’t a necessity for quality tunes. So without further ado, sit back and reminisce with us over our favorite one person projects, or enjoy discovering what any one of these twelve musicians has to offer. And of course, feel free to comment with further suggestions of exceptional musicians who handily do it all.

Hey! Listen to Sterilizer!

I’ll say it: it’s tough to find good industrial metal nowadays. However, there are albums that still kick some major ass in the industrial gamut. Sterilizer is yet another one man industrial project headed by musician/artist Brandon Duncan. Unlike a lot of other one-person groups, however, Sterilizer manages to capture both the visual and audible sound we expect when we hear the term industrial metal, almost perfectly straddling the fence between electronic and metal music.

Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing

Helming hand crafted apparatus of machinery and electronics, Tristan Shone has managed to synthesize some of music’s ugliest and least accessible genres under his Author & Punisher moniker. Shone’s perverted marriage of noise, drone, doom and industrial catapults the listener into a cacophony of mechanized damnation. Simultaneously organic and artificial,…

Second Wave of Bands Announced for Third Annual Housecore Horror Film Festival

A little less than  a month ago, we covered the first wave of band announcements for the third annual Housecore Horror Film Festival (more info here), a horror film and heavy music soiree scheduled for this August. The bands packed into that announcement included Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros,…

Chelsea Wolfe’s Abyss is Littered with “Carrion Flowers”

Gothic songstress Chelsea Wolfe has been a consistent source of brooding, textured sounds touching down upon a variety of styles. She has already released “Iron Moon” from Wolfe’s upcoming fourth album Abyss, which may be streamed here. A strong Neurosis vibe emanates from the track, likely due to the input from members of Russian Circles on the…

Author & Punisher Debut “Callous & Hoof” from Upcoming Album Melk En Honing

San Diego industrial drone-doom act Author & Punisher has allowed project mastermind Tristan Shone to experiment both with the sounds of the genre and the “instruments” which he uses to compose them. Having just wrapped up a North American tour in support of his upcoming album Melk En Honing (details here), Shone has finally debuted the…

First Wave of Bands Announced for Third Annual Housecore Horror Film Festival

Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Down fame has recently gained recognition for his label Housecore Records and its affiliation with Author & Punisher, Eyehategod, Crowbar and more. All of this clout has helped Anselmo throw two horror film and heavy music festivals, with the third installment having just been announced for this August. Head past the jump to…