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Welcome to the official website of guitarist/composer Toby Knapp. Since being discovered by world class guitar talent scout Mike Varney in the early 90's, Knapp has went on to record and have several albums released by prestigious labels such as Shrapnel Records, Century Media, Moribund Records, Pure Steel, Rock it Up, Roadrunner and Shredguy Records to name a few. Knapp is known as a significant force in multiple Metal genres such as Progressive, Traditional Metal, Black Metal and Death Metal. Knapp's work has earned him a modest fanbase of listeners who have sought him out in the underground and have been audience to a unique, unpredictable and entertaining musical journey. The Journey continues and this is the official source for news, music, merchandise, performances, pics and archives of the past.  


 
 

 
 


 
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Raging, ugly & Demonic Black Metal filled with aggressive, neoclassical guitar solos!! Available NOW- click album to order. "Weihung steps over a bunch of your favorite 2016 albums to the very front of your attention"- METALSUCKS.NET

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Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! All new solo album coming soon! "Heard some preview material for this upcoming cd... KNAPP has done it again....melodic and savage playing at the same time as only he can do" -Michael McDowell/Shredguy Records

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"Toby Knapp remains one of metal's unappreciated geniuses." THE METAL CRYPT 2015

Summer 2016 

Things are busy as usual in the Knapp camp as new albums are released and new material is being written and recorded. Currently, Toby is putting the finishing touches on an instrumental neoclassical guitar album similar to some of the more serious pieces found on his 2006 album "Polarizing Lines". The record "The Architect of Paradox" will also utilize the help of a REAL DRUMMER- something Knapp hasn't had since the Onward days. Sue's Idol drummer Shane Wacaster will cover half the album while the rest is a well programmed drum machine- it's a start!
"On this album I'm trying to keep it out of blues territory and keep it strictly of a neo-classical nature similar to the records Shrapnel was releasing in the mid-eighties" states Knapp. The album's artwork was created by Moribund label president Odin Thompson. We have confirmed that Crushing Notes Entertainment will release a digipak CD version of the album- look for it by the end of the summer 2016- the album will be very accessible. The last of the Shrapnel shredders has created a stunning guitar album that is not to be missed.

Several of Knapp's other albums are also now available through the excellent Las Vegas based label/distributor "Crushing Notes". We have placed a link at the bottom of this page. The distro carries everything from Yngwie Malmsteen to Xasthur (Toby helped them stock albums obviously) and albums they are pressing themselves (Sue's Idol, Toby Knapp, more to be announced) so check it out and show your support. Musicians/bands are encouraged to get in touch with the label- they are actively looking to sign bands- and that is rare in the business these days.

Lots going on here so you will see more consistent updates! All pages on the site have been modified or changed. Onward fanatics check the apparel page for some killer shirts available from Germany's Pure Steel Records!

June 24th 2016 was the release date of Waxen's third album "Weihung Auf Satan"- Knapp's one man Black Metal unit. Hitting the streets worldwide through Moribund Records, the album has already caused a stir of controversy in the metal scene. "Fans will love it or hate it and that's how it was intended, Black Metal was created to make the listener uncomfortable and that's exactly what "Weihung Auf Satan" has accomplished." Check out the video for "In Harm's Way" on the music page!

An in depth and fair look at the album comes from popular blogger "Angry Metal Guy"- follow link to read : ANGRY METAL GUY REVIEW

MORE KILLER WAXEN REVIEWS:

METAL TRENCHES: READ REVIEW

AVE NOCTUM: READ REVIEW

ECHOES AND DUST: READ REVIEW

DEAD RHETORIC: READ REVIEW

THE DIRTY ROOM: READ REVIEW

METAL SUCKS: READ REVIEW

 
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Knapp in recent issue of Asia's largest guitar publication, Gitar Plus.

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WAXEN INTERVIEWED IN RECENT ISSUE OF "AGAINST"!

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Toby interviewed in August issue of Bulldozer Mag!

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Knapp in Guitar World 2010 "Ozzy" issue.

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Click "Crushing Notes" to find TK related albums and more!

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