A List Of Great One-Man Band Albums


Creating good music might not be an easy task, but most bands in existence consist of multiple members who contribute to the music. One-man bands however are simply musicians who create the music all by themselves, which, in my opinion, is very impressive. Because of the fact that there are quite a few of these talented musicians, I created this list. Of course there are many more one-man band albums than I have listed here and that's why I'm open to suggestions. So be sure to give me recommendations and also let me know if I listed the "wrong" album by a band (in your opinion). Lastly, the list is ranked according to genre and then alphabetically. I only add 1 (full-length) album per band (and only albums that are featured on MS).

Created by: Erik M. | 26.08.2013



1. [Avantgarde]
2. Aarni - Bathos
2004 / Markus Marjomaa [Finland] / Avantgarde Doom
3. Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession
2009 / Umesh Amtey [USA] / Avantgarde Blackened Doom
4. Cloak Of Altering - Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids
2012 / Maurice "Mories" de Jong [The Netherlands] / Avantgarde Black
5. De Magia Veterum - The Divine Antithesis
2011 / Maurice "Mories" de Jong [The Netherlands] / Avantgarde Black
6. Gnaw Their Tongues - L'Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
2010 / Maurice "Mories" de Jong [The Netherlands] / Avantgarde Blackened Drone
7. Kadenzza - The Second Renaissance
2005 / You Oshima [Japan] / Symphonic Avantgarde Black
8. Mirrorthrone - Carriers Of Dust
2006 / Vladimir Cochet [Switzerland] / Avantgarde Symphonic Blackened Death
9. Yurei - Working Class Demon
2010 / Bjørge Eide "Bjeima" Martinsen [Norway] / Avantgarde
10. [Black]
11. Ancient Wisdom - For Snow Covered The Northland
1996 / Marcus "Vargher" Norman [Sweden] / Atmospheric Black
12. Aquilus - Griseus
2011 / Horace "Waldorf" Rosenqvist [Australia] / Atmospheric Blackened Neoclassical Folk
13. Bathory - Twilight Of The Gods
1991 / Tomas "Ace" "Quorthon" Forsberg [Sweden] / Black
14. Benighted In Sodom - In Hora Maledictus - Part II
2009 / Reuben Christopher "Matron Thorn" Jordan [USA] / Black
15. Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
1994 / Varg "Count Grishnakh" Vikernes [Norway] / Ambient Black
16. Coldworld - Melancholie²
2008 / Georg Börner [Germany] / Melodic Ambient Black
17. Evilfeast - Mysteries Of The Nocturnal Forest
2004 / GrimSpirit [Poland] / Atmospheric Black
18. Ewigkeit - Starscape
1999 / James "Jaldaboath" Fogarty [United Kingdom] / Atmospheric Black
19. Forest Silence - Philosophy Of Winter
2006 / Winter [Hungary] / Melodic Ambient Black
20. Hæresiarchs Of Dis - Denuntiatus Cinis
2010 / Cernunnos [USA] / Black
21. I Shalt Become - Poison
2010 / S. Holliman [USA] / Atmospheric Symphonic Black
22. Infestus - E x I s t
2011 / Andras "Moloc" [Germany] / Black
23. Judas Iscariot - Distant In Solitary Night
1999 / Andrew Jay "Akhenaten" Harris [USA] / Black
24. Leviathan - Tentacles Of Whorror
2004 / Jef Stuart "Wrest" Whitehead [USA] / Ambient Black
25. Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
2005 / Jef Stuart "Wrest" Whitehead [USA] / Ambient Black
26. Midnight Odyssey - Funerals From The Astral Sphere
2011 / Dis Pater [Australia] / Atmospheric Ambient Black
27. Murmuüre - Murmuüre
2010 / Felix [France] / Psychedelic Ambient Black
28. Onirik - After Centuries Of Silence
2009 / G.R. [Portugal] / Black
29. Rivendell - Farewell - The Last Dawn
2005 / Gerold "Falagar" Laimer [Austria] / Blackened Folk
30. Sombres Forêts - La Mort Du Soleil
2013 / Annatar [Canada] / Atmospheric Black
31. Spectral Lore - III
2014 / Nihilus Ayloss [Greece] / Atmospheric Ambient Black
32. Sun Of The Blind - Skullreader
2009 / Zhaaral [Switzerland] / Atmospheric Ambient Black
33. Taake - Noregs Vaapen
2011 / Ørjan "Ulvhedin Hoest" Stedjeberg [Norway] / Black
34. Wilds Forlorn - We, The Damned
2012 / Yuri Theuns [The Netherlands] / Neoclassical Atmospheric Black
35. Wormlust - The Feral Wisdom
2013 / H.V. Lyngdal [Iceland] / Psychedelic Ambient Black
36. Xasthur - Telepathic With The Deceased
2004 / Scott "Malefic" Conner [USA] / Ambient Black
37. [Death]
38. Entrapment - The Obscurity Within...
2012 / Michel Jonker [The Netherlands] / Death
39. Putrid Pile - The Pleasure In Suffering
2005 / Shaun LaCanne [USA] / Brutal Death
40. The Disciples Of Zoldon - Blackened Theological Tome
2007 / Luke "The Reaper" Brimblecombe [New Zealand] / Death
41. Weeping Birth - Anosognosic Industry Of The I
2008 / Vladimir Cochet [Switzerland] / Brutal Blackened Death
42. Wolfheart - Winterborn
2013 / Tuomas Saukkonen [Finland] / Melodic Death
43. [Doom]
44. Black Sun Aeon - Darkness Walks Beside Me
2009 / Tuomas Saukkonen [Finland] / Melodic Death Doom
45. Catacombs - In The Depths Of R'lyeh
2006 / John "Xathagorra Mlandroth" del Russi [USA] / Funeral Doom
46. Dawn Of Solace - The Darkness
2006 / Tuomas Saukkonen [Finland] / Gothic Doom
47. Doom:VS - Aeternum Vale
2006 / Johan Ericson [Sweden] / Funeral Death Doom
48. Doomed - Our Ruin Silhouettes
2014 / Pierre Laube [Germany] / Death Doom
49. Elysian Blaze - Blood Geometry
2012 / Mutatiis [Australia] / Blackened Funeral Doom
50. Forest Of Shadows - Departure
2004 / Niclas Frohagen [Sweden] / Death Doom
51. Hjarnidaudi - Pain:Noise:March
2006 / Vidar "Voidar" Ermesjø [Norway] / Drone Doom
52. Nortt - Gudsforladt
2003 / Nortt [Denmark] / Blackened Funeral Doom
53. Raxa - MezoVedic
2008 / Lefthander [Russia] / Atmospheric Folk Doom
54. The Fall Of Every Season - From Below
2007 / Marius Strand (I) [Norway] / Atmospheric Death Doom
55. The Ruins Of Beverast - Blood Vaults (The Blazing Gospel Of Heinrich Kramer)
2013 / Alexander Von Meilenwald [Germany] / Blackened Doom
56. [Experimental]
57. Botanist - III: Doom In Bloom
2012 / Roberto "Otrebor" Martinelli [USA] / Experimental Black
58. Igorrr - Hallelujah
2012 / Gautier "Igorrr" Serre [France] / Experimental Classical Breakcore
59. [Folk]
60. Falkenbach - ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri...
1998 / Markus "Vratyas Vakyas" Tümmers [Germany] / Blackened Folk
61. Myrkgrav - Trollskau, Skrømt Og Kølabrenning
2006 / Lars "Leiðólfr" Jensen [Norway] / Blackened Folk
62. Neoheresy - Od Południa Na Północ...
2009 / Filip "L.O.N." Mrowiński [Poland] / Atmospheric Blackened Folk
63. October Falls - Marras - Eight Hymns For Sheol And Nature
2005 / Mikko Lehto [Finland] / Atmospheric Ambient Folk
64. Windir - Arntor
1999 / Terje "Valfar" Bakken [Norway] / Blackened Folk
65. [Gothic]
66. Sirenia - At Sixes And Sevens
2002 / Morten Veland [Norway] / Symphonic Gothic
67. [Heavy]
68. Horrific - Your Worst Nightmare
2009 / Slasher Dave [USA] / Heavy Death
69. [Industrial]
70. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
2011 / Vindsval [France] / Industrial Black
71. P.H.O.B.O.S. - Atonal Hypermnesia
2012 / Frédéric Sacri [France] / Industrial Doom
72. [Post/Shoegaze]
73. Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
2007 / Stéphane "Neige" Paut [France] / Post Shoegaze
74. Cold Body Radiation - Deer Twillight
2011 / M. [The Netherlands] / Atmospheric Blackened Shoegaze
75. Consciousness Removal Project - The Last Season
2011 / Antti Loponen [Finland] / Atmospheric Post
76. Fading Waves - The Sense Of Space
2011 / Alexey Maximuk [Russia] / Atmospheric Post
77. [Progressive]
78. Cautiva - Human
2009 / José Travieso [Spain] / Progressive Thrash
79. Dan Swanö - Moontower
1999 / Dan Erland Swanö [Sweden] / Extreme Progressive
80. Devin Townsend - Ziltoid The Omniscient
2007 / Devin Garret Townsend [Canada] / Industrial Progressive
81. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson II
2003 / Dan Erland Swanö [Sweden] / Progressive Death
82. Lascaille's Shroud - Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe
2013 / Brett Windnagle [USA] / Progressive Death
83. Taranis - Kingdom
2012 / Attila Bakos [Hungary] / Progressive Symphonic Black
84. [Thrash]
85. Toxic Holocaust - Evil Never Dies
2003 / Joel Grind [USA] / Blackened Thrash



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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22.10.2013 - 00:06
Erik M.
Written by Vombatus on 21.10.2013 at 23:38

Well, on some of the album the guys don't do "everything". Like on the Sirenia (some vocals obviously) or the Windir (drums) but rather use session/guests... don't know if that counts as "one man"
You might want to check Wigrid. German one man DBM, very good stuff.


On a side note, seriously diggin' that Netra album posted by Joe... really bizarre, you feel the urban decay lingering all through it.... Reminded me of a less black/more experimental version of Lifelover. Trip-hop definitely goes well with metal me thinks, needs moarz !


You're right. It's sort of my own definition of one-man band albums. The only thing that's really important is that there can't be more than 1 band member for these albums. When there's one or a few guest/session musicians, I can ignore that as the sole band member pretty much figured out everything himself, so he simply uses the other musicians to accomplish his goal. You can disagree with this, but I feel that it's not a very big deal. If I'd only include "real" one-man bands here then I'd have to remove a lot of these albums, which would mean getting rid of really great albums. As of now I don't feel like doing so. But if enough people disagree then I might just do that.

Ashamed to say that I still haven't checked out Joe's suggestion, but I definitely will check it out soon. Oh, and I'll check out Wigrid then. I'll let you know when I added the albums.
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05.11.2013 - 05:12
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Just thought I'd come back to this list and recommend Zemial for you. Good Greek project, kinda like blackened thrash, but with a progressive atmosphere that makes things really epic and interesting too. Definitely worth checking out
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07.11.2013 - 22:51
Erik M.
Written by Apothecary on 05.11.2013 at 05:12

Just thought I'd come back to this list and recommend Zemial for you. Good Greek project, kinda like blackened thrash, but with a progressive atmosphere that makes things really epic and interesting too. Definitely worth checking out


Thanks for the recommendation. Will check it out soon and add it if I like it. In any case, it seems like really interesting stuff, seeing the way you describe it.
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09.11.2013 - 13:08
AndrsIlls
Hi,

Nice list! Please check out my music, too. My one-man band project called "Dreams After Death". I make music from 2010.

www.dreamsafterdeath.com
www.facebook.com/dreamsafterdeath
www.youtube.com/dreamsafterdeath

Best regards,
Andris
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10.11.2013 - 00:05
Erik M.
Written by AndrsIlls on 09.11.2013 at 13:08

Hi,

Nice list! Please check out my music, too. My one-man band project called "Dreams After Death". I make music from 2010.

www.dreamsafterdeath.com
www.facebook.com/dreamsafterdeath
www.youtube.com/dreamsafterdeath

Best regards,
Andris


Hey, thanks! I'll check it out and let you know.
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10.11.2013 - 00:24
mz
I forgot about Alrakis. They have profile here but I'm too lazy to link it
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10.11.2013 - 00:28
Erik M.
Written by mz on 10.11.2013 at 00:24

I forgot about Alrakis. They have profile here but I'm too lazy to link it


I already added them before, but deleted them because I wanted to add another album. I think it was Edge of Sanity - Crimson II. I totally forgot about that album being a one-man band album so then immediately added it. I only add 5 albums at a time, so expect Alrakis to be added on the next update.
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03.12.2013 - 23:49
Erik M.
Okay, relatively big update this time, as I have ranked the albums according to genre, just like I did with my debut album list last weekend. Of course lots of black metal in here, but that is even obvious without this ranking. If you have any suggestions (preferably NOT black metal, as there's plenty of it already) then let me know.
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04.12.2013 - 00:30
togo95
Written by Erik M. on 03.12.2013 at 23:49

Okay, relatively big update this time, as I have ranked the albums according to genre, just like I did with my debut album list last weekend. Of course lots of black metal in here, but that is even obvious without this ranking. If you have any suggestions (preferably NOT black metal, as there's plenty of it already) then let me know.


You can try these if you want: 0N0, Igric
Two very good one man bands from Slovakia. Second one is black metal though.
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04.12.2013 - 00:31
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
What's the difference between avant-garde and experimental?
I've seen Botanist labeled as avant-garde, also have seen Gnaw their Tongues as experimental =P
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07.12.2013 - 01:45
Erik M.
Written by togo95 on 04.12.2013 at 00:30

You can try these if you want: 0N0, Igric
Two very good one man bands from Slovakia. Second one is black metal though.


Don't worry about recommending BM, but I just like to create more variety (as there's a lot of BM in this list).

And I'm afraid I can't add your suggestions, because they aren't featured on MS. I changed the description, so it's clear now that I only add MS albums. I'll gladly add suggestions of yours if they're featured here on MS.
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07.12.2013 - 01:50
Erik M.
Written by Karlabos on 04.12.2013 at 00:31

What's the difference between avant-garde and experimental?
I've seen Botanist labeled as avant-garde, also have seen Gnaw their Tongues as experimental =P


Well, there's a very thin line between those two genres I'd say. I think avantgarde is experimental as well although more of a style than experimental music is. Just like progressive music is less experimental than avantgarde (not entirely sure about this though). I also tend to view progressive metal more as a style than truly progressive music. Btw, I also had Gnaw Their Tongues labelled as "experimental" but Joe said they're more avantgarde. Normally I'd decide for myself, but he knows the music way better (I think) so I trust him on this one. Not too sure about Botanist though... listened to it and it sounded pretty damn experimental to me.
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12.01.2014 - 08:24
SSM
Massacred
Good list. If I make a list like this, I'd add Ihsahn - After too.
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13.01.2014 - 23:21
Erik M.
Written by SSM on 12.01.2014 at 08:24

Good list. If I make a list like this, I'd add Ihsahn - After too.


Thanks! I will check it out. However, I didn't like the debut, so I hope it isn't very similar to that one.
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14.01.2014 - 06:14
SSM
Massacred
Written by Erik M. on 13.01.2014 at 23:21

Thanks! I will check it out. However, I didn't like the debut, so I hope it isn't very similar to that one.


In that case, you'd be disappointed... probably.
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15.01.2014 - 23:13
Erik M.
Written by SSM on 14.01.2014 at 06:14

In that case, you'd be disappointed... probably.


Don't worry about it, I'll still check it out. The problem however is that I've lost interest a bit in most, if not all, of my lists which means updating them is going rather slow.
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10.03.2014 - 00:55
Zaph
The Nothingth
Add Neurotech maybe? It has guest vocals, but so does Lascaille's Shroud.
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11.03.2014 - 23:43
Erik M.
Written by Zaph on 10.03.2014 at 00:55

Add Neurotech maybe? It has guest vocals, but so does Lascaille's Shroud.


Last time I updated this list was in 2013 I think, so months ago. I got a little tired of lists but when (if?) that is over I'll update it again and (might) add your suggestion.
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02.08.2014 - 16:03
Zaph
The Nothingth
Quote:
I only add 1 (full-length) album per band (and only albums that are featured on MS).

What? Why?
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02.08.2014 - 17:11
Erik M.
Written by Zaph on 02.08.2014 at 16:03

What? Why?


Well, that's what I do in all of my lists. Bad excuse, I know, but not going to change it now. To be honest I don't have the time, nor need, anymore to bother a lot with my lists. Most of the time I spent on them was when I was a student, which translates to: a lot more free time.

That being said, none of my lists are truly "dead". It's just that I don't update them regurlarly anymore.
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15.02.2015 - 21:03
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Erik M. on 02.08.2014 at 17:11

none of my lists are truly "dead". It's just that I don't update them regurlarly anymore.

Lost the passion, aye?
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15.02.2015 - 21:33
Erik M.
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 21:03

Lost the passion, aye?


Yeah, I guess you could say that. Not sure why, though. Then again, like I said I might still update some of my lists. Just not as much as I used to.

Edit: now that I think about it, it might be because I could update most of my lists, but don't really know where to start (and it would take a lot of time), and therefore I don't bother with updating any of them. If that makes sense.
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15.02.2015 - 21:58
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Erik M. on 15.02.2015 at 21:33

Edit: now that I think about it, it might be because I could update most of my lists, but don't really know where to start (and it would take a lot of time), and therefore I don't bother with updating any of them. If that makes sense.

Makes sense. I got tired of doing all the db edits myself as well, kind of a time thing for me too, I've got minions now (some people might call them bitches; Bad English and nicaZe).
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15.02.2015 - 22:04
Erik M.
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 21:58

Makes sense. I got tired of doing all the db edits myself as well, kind of a time thing for me too, I've got minions now (some people might call them bitches; Bad English and nicaZe).


Edgar probably adds the most news to MS out of everyone here. Never heard of "nicaZe" though.
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15.02.2015 - 22:14
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Erik M. on 15.02.2015 at 22:04

Edgar probably adds the most news to MS out of everyone here. Never heard of "nicaZe" though.

He probably also does the most db work out of everyone too, potentially second to nicaZe. nicaZe is my newest recruit/promotee to Db Contributor.
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15.02.2015 - 22:20
Erik M.
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 22:14

He probably also does the most db work out of everyone too, potentially second to nicaZe. nicaZe is my newest recruit/promotee to Db Contributor.


You're doing well with the recruits. Oh yeah, I have seen that guy on Facebook some where. Probably one of Edgar's (many) online friends. Seriously though, why isn't Edgar a Contributor?
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15.02.2015 - 22:36
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Erik M. on 15.02.2015 at 22:20

You're doing well with the recruits. Oh yeah, I have seen that guy on Facebook some where. Probably one of Edgar's (many) online friends. Seriously though, why isn't Edgar a Contributor?

No, he's not in Edgar's friend list, he is in mine though, but I won't divulge his name cuz I'm not entirely sure he wants it to be known. And Edgar will likely never be anything but a user simply because of his reputation among older Staff.
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15.02.2015 - 22:48
Erik M.
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 22:36

No, he's not in Edgar's friend list, he is in mine though, but I won't divulge his name cuz I'm not entirely sure he wants it to be known. And Edgar will likely never be anything but a user simply because of his reputation among older Staff.


It's understandable you won't name him here. Can't say I know what you're referring to with Edgar's reputation, but I always assumed he's not staff/contributor due to his bad English proficiency.
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15.02.2015 - 23:19
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Erik M. on 15.02.2015 at 22:48

I always assumed he's not staff/contributor due to his bad English proficiency.

You've never noticed that most people around here (regardless of position) think he's a complete idiot? O_o
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17.02.2015 - 15:48
Erik M.
Written by psykometal on 15.02.2015 at 23:19

You've never noticed that most people around here (regardless of position) think he's a complete idiot? O_o


Oh... that. I thought you meant something more specific due to the "reputation among older staff" part.
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