Journal from Last FM radio

Now it's no surprise to me that the listeners I have are polarized. I am interested and practice in three genres: Black Metal, Progressive Instrumental guitar music and Traditional Heavy Metal with talented vocalists. There is no way to get the entire audience into the totality of the music- and that's understandable. I work in cycles. Usually a Black Metal album is soon followed by an instrumental album and a strictly 80's metal album with soaring vocals shortly thereafter. So, I try to keep all distinct audiences happy by cranking out what they specifically want- myself as well. For instance, the newest BM album - Waxen's "Weihung Auf Satan" is not embraced by the guitarists whereas an Onward album is a turn off to those that want more darkness from me, etc. So be it. This is a journal taken from Last FM and the author hits the nail right on the head.- Toby 

"Polarizing Lines is a fast and heavy instrumental metal album by guitarist Toby Knapp (Godless Rising, Waxen, Onward (the metal band) and tour guitarist for Darkane on their 2009 Canadian tour). Knapp made a name for himself fusing progressive metal time signatures with death and black metal influenced instrumentals as early as 1993, playing with a style described by one popular Canadian magazine "Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles" as "A guitar wizard who sounds like a crackhead fistfight between Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhodes". Knapp has gained a (small) following and many positive critical reviews since then, but has found himself moving from band to band and label to label without a very solid regularity or distribution to his releases. Perhaps a limiting factor to the growth of Knapp's fanbase is the chasm of difference between traditional metal, death metal and instrumental music that limits the number of fans to whom the entirety of Knapp's projects will appeal to." LAST FM