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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.  


 
 

 
 


 
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

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

NEW SOLO ALBUM! Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! 
"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. AVAILABLE NOW- CLICK COVER!

NEW SOLO ALBUM! Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! "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. AVAILABLE NOW- CLICK COVER!

Knapp appears as a guest soloist on the FZ material of pure Blackened Death Metal. Click cover to buy cd!

Knapp appears as a guest soloist on the FZ material of pure Blackened Death Metal. Click cover to buy cd!

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

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

Fall/ Winter 2016 updates! 

Affliktor is officially an "active" band now. After several months of searching (and giving up) some excellent musicians stepped forward and completed the line up. Mike Walters on vocals, Aaron French on drums and Vance French handling bass guitar duties. The first Affliktor album was recorded before the band was in place- so the plan is to do shows/tour in support of the debut and work on new material. Eventually Affliktor will release a second album as a band. The music has been described as a cross between early efforts from Kreator, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Slayer and Pestilence to name a few. The label that will handle Affliktor will be announced by the beginning of 2017- stay tuned! Follow all band news on the official Facebook page AFFLIKTOR.

Knapp's neoclassical metal guitar album "The Architect of Paradox" was released on 9/9/16 via the Crushing Notes label. The album showcases Knapp's love for 80's Shrapnel shred and the album is finding it's fanbase among fans of Yngwie, Macalpine, Vinnie Moore and Marty Friedman to name a few. Many listeners consider this album to be Knapp's best to date. "Architect" was recently selected as instrumental album of the week by Spain's popular Rocktopia FM and online station. You can pick up the album directly from crushingnotes.com, Alliance, Amazon, Red Stream, Moribund, Shredguy, Import Cd's, Deep Discount, Cd baby, Cd Universe and more. Supporters; the best thing you can do is DEMAND your record shop to carry the album, it is in the catalogs, it is accessible anywhere albums are sold- but you must be a pain in their ass!!! You can now listen to the entire album on the music page.

Crushing Notes Entertainment and Knapp are working out a deal to re-release Onward's fourth album "New Fathoms Down" in a professional digi-pak version. The album was originally released by Shredguy Records as a limited run pro-cdr- but the fans of the album demand a pro silver disc so we will oblige. Stay posted as that will most likely see a release in early 2017. Waxen and Toby Knapp interviews are coming in the actual print magazines "The Convivial Hermit", "Akkeldama Zine Brazil" and the online magazine/metal news site "Metal-Rules". We will print and provide links here when those are available.

Pandora Internet Radio recently added stations for Waxen and Where Evil Follows! The Waxen station is excellent and streams Show No Mercy/Hell Awaits era Slayer, Dissection, Burzum, Emperor, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Blut Aus Nord and many other excellent darkened metal bands. The "Where Evil Follows" channel features artists like Overkill, Flotsam & Jetsam, Hammerfall and Saxon but sometimes modern groove metal, metal core and bands like Bullet For My Valentine show up- make sure to give that bullshit a "thumbs down" when you are listening.

The mighty Colombian label, Iron Goat Commando, has just released a split cd featuring Hellripper and Fetid Zombie titled "Prophecies of Ruin". Once again famed illustrator/artist/musician Mark Riddick invited Knapp aboard to provide some guest guitar work on the FZ material. Ripping and relentless old school Death Metal with a blackened touch. The album cover is pictured above- simply click on it and follow the link to order. Knapp has more plans with Fetid Zombie in the coming months.

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

TREBLEZINE: READ REVIEW
Coming soon!!

Coming soon!!

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

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

WAXEN INTERVIEWED IN RECENT ISSUE OF "AGAINST"!

WAXEN INTERVIEWED IN RECENT ISSUE OF "AGAINST"!

Toby interviewed in August issue of Bulldozer Mag!

Toby interviewed in August issue of Bulldozer Mag!

Knapp in Guitar World 2010 "Ozzy" issue.

Knapp in Guitar World 2010 "Ozzy" issue.

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

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

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