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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, Wild Rags, Shredguy and Transcending Obscurity Records. 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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New compilation cd spanning 25 years! Unleashed by Shredguy Records Feb. 2018! Click album cover to order!

New compilation cd spanning 25 years! Unleashed by Shredguy Records Feb. 2018! Click album cover to order!

Necrytis return with traditional/prog metal masterpiece! Coming via Pure Steel Records in 2018!

Necrytis return with traditional/prog metal masterpiece! Coming via Pure Steel Records in 2018!

TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY PRESENTS KNAPP'S BLACK THRASH METAL ONSLAUGHT! Click cover to purchase!

TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY PRESENTS KNAPP'S BLACK THRASH METAL ONSLAUGHT! Click cover to purchase!

Traditional Heavy Metal in the vein of Onward click album to order!!

Traditional Heavy Metal in the vein of Onward click album to order!!

Knapp's triumphant return to vinyl as a guest soloist on this killer ABHOR/WYRD ep!

Knapp's triumphant return to vinyl as a guest soloist on this killer ABHOR/WYRD ep!

QUICK UPDATES 2018! 

Toby has finished all rhythm, bass guitar and drum tracks for the as of yet untitled 2018 instrumental solo album for Moribund Records! Engineer, producer extraordinaire Brett Hansen will be mastering the album at Audio Art Studios in Las Vegas, NV. Hansen engineered, mixed and mastered Knapp's first album "Guitar Distortion" in 1993 and did it again nine years later with Onward's "Reawaken"! It's an honor to be working with him again! CHECK OUT A TRACK FROM KNAPP'S FORTHCOMING INSTRUMENTAL OPUS HERE: COLD WARRIOR
 

Toby is recording guest solos and guitar riffery for upcoming releases from Italy's Von Hexe and the U.S. cult legend Fetid Zombie!

India's Transcending Obscurity Records have renewed Knapp's contract (originally a one album deal) for a second Affliktor album!

Winter 2018 Updates!! 

Knapp's long awaited Blackened Death/Thrash Metal assault AFFLIKTOR has signed with Transcending Obscurity Records and the debut album is now unleashed! Transcending Obscurity was recently chosen as one of the top five metal labels "you need to check out now" by Metal Injection. The label has created a wide variety of Affliktor associated merchandise designed by renowned artist Mark Riddick. Cd's with 10 page booklets, limited edition matt-laminated box sets, posters, shirts, stickers, custom Affliktor guitar pics and more are available now directly through Transcending Obscurity's website and bandcamp page. The album has earned consistent high ratings from reviewers worldwide including Headbanger Reviews (US) who said of the release "Hands down the best Black/Thrash Metal record put out this year". The legendary European Metal Hammer magazine included a track from Affliktor's debut in the November 2017 issue sampler cd. Click on the Affliktor album pictured above to be linked to the merchandising page.


For those awaiting Knapp's return to traditional heavy metal similar to his work in the bands Onward and Where Evil Follows- get ready for NECRYTIS and the debut album released by Germany's Pure Steel Records Sept. 22! Necrytis is a new band based in England who approached Knapp to co-write and play guitar on their debut release called "COUNTERSIGhNS". Jens Bogren is responsible for the killer mastering job on it (Jens has worked on albums by Kreator, Symphony X, Katatonia and Ihsahn among countless others). Pre-orders and reviews of Necrytis have been very good with worshipmetal.com describing the debut as "Big enough to rival anything released by Maiden, Priest and Iced Earth in recent years". Demand the album at your local record shop or check Pure Steel and distributors such as Seasons of Mist, Soulfood Music Distribution GmbH and several more. Fenriz from Darkthrone recently referred to this album as "possibly the best metal album of 2017".

SHREDGUY RECORDS has scheduled a Jan. 2018 release date for Knapp's "Archives of Magick" VOL. 3!! This cd contains an hour's worth of extremely rare and unreleased music from 1990-1997. Highlights of the album will include the "Infinite Opposition" EP completely remastered from the original source tape (this music has never been presented in such good shape!) The cd also includes a few tracks from Knapp's Black/Death Metal band 'Defile' in addition to the demos that won over Guitar World in the early nineties and captured the ears of Shrapnel Records' President Mike Varney!

Necrytis have booked producer/engineer extraordinaire Jens Bogren to start work mastering our second album "Dread En Ruin" immediately! Here is a little info on Jens from wikipedia:

"Jens Peter Daniel Bogren is a record producer, mixer and recording engineer who has worked on albums by Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Katatonia, Babymetal, Soilwork, James LaBrie, Moonspell, God Forbid, Kreator, Devin Townsend, Ihsahn, Dark Tranquillity, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth, Dragonforce, The Ocean, Haken, Rotting Christ, Symphony X, Myrath, Angra and Dir En Grey amongst others. Bogren lives in Örebro, Sweden and is based at Fascination Street Studios".

 

 

 

 





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 online station in addition to making the top 10 instrumental album lists of 2016 from Greece's "Rocka Rolla Radio" and Hardrock Haven. You can pick up the album directly from crushingnotes.com, F.Y.E., 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!!!

Pandora Internet Radio recently added stations for Toby Knapp, Waxen and Where Evil Follows!  






 




 

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! Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! 
This album made top 10 lists of 2016 from Hardrock Haven, Metal-Rules.com, The Dirty Room and Rocka Rolla Radio in Greece! Click to order!

NEW! Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! This album made top 10 lists of 2016 from Hardrock Haven, Metal-Rules.com, The Dirty Room and Rocka Rolla Radio in Greece! Click to order!

 "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

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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