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 esoteric musical journey. The Journey continues and this is the official source for news, music, merchandise, performances, pics and archives of the past.  


 
 

 
 

 


 

 

"Knapp is an axe wizard who is a firestorm of razor-sharp riffery"- Brave words & Bloody Knuckles

"Knapp is an axe wizard who is a firestorm of razor-sharp riffery"- Brave words & Bloody Knuckles

The Blizzard Archer U.S. tour........well, kinda. 

Although there has been no official "tour" for Knapp's newest release "Blizzard Archer"- the album did make it's rounds nationwide with listening booths at the following CIMS record shops thanks to Moribund Records! All actual "live" dates were cancelled due to a nonstop work and recording schedule.
Cactus – Houston, TX// 
Central Square – Santa Rosa Beach, FL// 
Darkside Records – Poughkeepsie, NY// 
Dearborn Music – Dearborn, MI// 
Easy Street – Seattle, WA// 
Electric Fetus – Minneapolis, MN & Duluth, MN// 
Euclid Records – St. Louis, MO// 
Fingerprints – Long Beach, CA// 
Indy CD & Vinyl – Indianapolis, IN// 
Looney Tunes – West Babylon, NY// 
Lou’s Records – Encinitas, CA// 
Magnolia Thunderpussy – Columbus, OH// 
Music Millennium – Portland, OR// 
Omega Music - Dayton, OH // 
Oz Music – Tuscaloosa, AL// 
Park Avenue CD – Orlando, FL// 
Peaches - New Orleans, LA// 
Plan 9 – Richmond, VA// 
Pure Pop – Burlington, VT// 
Record Archive – Rochester, NY// 
Record Exchange – Boise, ID// 
Rhino/Mad Platter – Claremont, CA & Riverside, CA// 
Rockin’ Rudy’s – Missoula, MT// 
Salzer’s – Ventura, CA// 
Schoolkids – Raleigh, NC & Durham, NC // 
Skip’s Records & CD World – Eugene, OR// 
Streetlight – San Jose, CA & Santa Cruz, CA// 
Strictly Discs – Madison, WI// 
T-Bones – Hattiesburg, MS// 
The Long Ear – Coeur d’Alene, ID// 
Tunes – Hoboken, NJ & Marlton, NJ & Voorhees, NJ// 
Twist and Shout – Denver, CO// 
Vinyl Renaissance –Overland Park,KS & Columbia, MO // 
Waterloo Records and Video – Austin,TX // 
Wooden Nickel – Fort Wayne, IN 
Homer's- Omaha, NE. 

Summer 2019 Updates!! 

Toby has completed the fifth album of his Black Metal project Waxen. The album "Blasphemer In Celestial Courts" has been turned over to Moribund Records who are now coordinating the art direction and eventual release date. Engineer/producer extraordinaire Brett Hansen will once again be mastering the album at Audio Art Studios in Las Vegas (Brett has worked with Toby and his music since his 1993 Shrapnel Records debut "Guitar Distortion")! Musically the album showcases Knapp's wide spectrum of influences. Lyrically the album theme remains consistent throughout; firsthand experiences with Ceremonial Magic. This album is by far the most progressive Waxen album to date. More details soon! Knapp has simultaneously been working on the third Necrytis album "Lux Mystere". The album will most likely see a release later this year on Pure Steel Records. Greek Magazine 'Metal Daze' recently voted Necrytis's second album "Dread En Ruin" as the third best Heavy Metal album of 2018.

New Waxen album being mastered at Brett Hansen's Audio Art Studio in Vegas!

 

Toby's new instrumental solo album "Blizzard Archer" was released worldwide Feb.8th by Moribund Rockers Records!  Check out the full page ad for "Blizzard" in the May 2019 issue of legendary Metal mag Decibel! Songs from the album have been making various top 10 playlists on radio stations throughout the U.S. and the album made Amazon's top 30 hard rock release charts! A follow up is already in the works.

A re-issue of Onward's fourth album "New Fathoms Down" was released Dec. 18th on limited edition digi-pak cd format by Crushing Notes Entertainment!

Both albums "Blizzard Archer" and "New Fathoms Down" were mastered by legendary producer Brett Hansen at his state of the art facility "Audio Art" in Las Vegas, NV. Hansen is well known for working on albums by BB King, Borknagar, Moonspell, Unleashed, Autopsy in addition to many other titles on Shrapnel Records and Century Media!

You can pick up both albums (in addition to several others) by clicking on the links provided in the discography section of this site. TOBY KNAPP DISCOGRAPHY

Knapp's Black Metal project 'Waxen' released a fourth album "Terror Decree" in late 2018 on Moribund Records! This is a deluxe cd that contains the 2018 Affliktor EP "Blade From The West". Be sure to check out this release also on our discography page!

Knapp's 2013 instrumental release "Static Warfare" has been reissued to all digital/streaming music platforms including itunes, Amazon, Pandora, etc. via Crushing Notes Entertainment.The Shredguy Records pressing of the album quickly sold out years ago and now it is available again: TOBY KNAPP "STATIC WARFARE" AVAILABLE HERE!

READ METAL TEMPLE'S 9/10 REVIEW FOR "BLIZZARD ARCHER" HERE!

READ AVE NOCTUM'S 8/10 REVIEW OF "BLIZZARD ARCHER" HERE!

READ THE ROCKHARD (GREECE) 8/10 REVIEW OF "BLIZZARD ARCHER" HERE!

READ THE METAL.IT (ITALY) 7/10 REVIEW OF "BLIZZARD ARCHER" HERE!

READ DEAD RHETORIC'S 7/10 REVIEW OF "BLIZZARD ARCHER" HERE!

METAL DAZE GREECE PREMIERE TRACK FROM "BLIZZARD ARCHER"!

THE FORGOTTEN SCROLL (GREECE) ANNOUNCE "BLIZZARD ARCHER" RELEASE!

XXL ROCK GERMANY REVIEWS "BLIZZARD ARCHER"

Italian article on the modern "shred" movement

BRAVEWORDS & BLOODY KNUCKLES 2019 REPORT ON TK!

 "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