Toby's Shrapnel records debut showcases Knapp's penchant for grinding, progressive guitar riffs enveloped in a fifty minute uninterrupted thrash/death metal guitar collage that was the first of it's kind. Inventive aggressive time signatures, played with over the top abandon, combine to create one of the most exciting instrumental albums of our time. Produced by Apocrypha's guitar legend Tony Fredianelli and featuring astounding drum work from Ray Luzier (KORN, DAVID LEE ROTH).
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"Toby Knapp’s guitar mastery only enhances the experience of the album; instead of overindulging the songs with neoclassical passages, which he is fully capable of, he opts for succinct riffing and emotive leads, where applicable. The songwriting is also of top-notch caliber, with most songs lasting no more than six minutes, yet still giving the listener a memorable ride. Songs with catchy choruses, intense thrash verses, and euphonious guitar leads are abundant without a single shred of redundancy throughout"- The Metal Observer review
"Onward is a band that burst upon the scene with their debut album "Evermoving" last year. The album was a fan favorite as well as garnering a lot critical acclaim and ended up in more than a few Top Ten lists. Following up an album that did this well might give a few bands a bit of a pause heading into the studio but apparently not Onward. "Reawaken" starts off where "Evermoving" left off and then takes it to another level of complexity and guitar heroics courtesy of Toby Knapp.
To pinpoint the bands sound is a little difficult since at times they mesh a lot of genres together. Mixing prog, power and classic metal in a seamless display of songwriting really showcases the talent within the band. A lot of the attention is focused upon Toby (and for good reason) but this is more than just an album with a brilliant guitarist. In my opinion it is the songs that stand out more than the solo wizardry and to be honest I think this a much bigger compliment to Toby's abilities as a guitarist rather than the intense shredding that most people seem to focus on. Admittedly there is plenty of mind numbing guitar solo's to make you drool but they are all kept within the framework of the song and never takes the attention off of the overall feel of the music"- The Metal Crypt review (2002)
Knapp's out of print second instrumental album. Fans of progressive music and over the top guitar work will enjoy this! "POLARIZING LINES is completely an instrumental album, basically introducing what kind of virtuosity Toby Knapp is with his 6-stringer even if he does a whole lot of other things on this album, too. His talent and skills as a pretty phenomenal guitarist are undeniable. Toby can both play killer solos as well as he knows exactly how to shred by storming around the song structures with hammer-heavy guitar riffs and well built-up rhythms"- Metal Rules Review
Denying the holy trinity once again, Godless Rising herald the apocalypse with their third album, "Trumpet of Triumph". A timeless synthesis of warring Death Metal, nuclear Black Metal, and simply EVIL Speed Metal, "Trumpet of Triumph" is the first Godless Rising album to feature Onward six-string sorcerer Toby Knapp, with ex-Vital Remains vocalist Jeff Gruslin continuing to exhort the hordes with his hellish throat. Grab hold and blow the Trumpet of Triumph!
Scene legend/guitar genius Toby Knapp (Onward, Waxen) unveils his latest diabolical creation: Where Evil Follows and their debut, "Portable Darkness". In contrast to Knapp's latest Waxen album, WeF returns the six-string sorcerer to his '80s speed metal roots. However, "Portable Darkness" is far more than some trendy "retro" retread, as Knapp and vocalist/bassist Dean Sternberg (Ashes of Ares, ex-Into Eternity) take these winding-yet-headbanging anthems down far darker and more potently evil paths, turbo-charged with no small amount of power metal. In many ways, the album is the sinister counterpart to Onward, Knapp's most celebrated band.
"Toby Knapp is not afraid of exploring many genres of Metal from Neoclassical, Progressive Rock, Black Metal, Death Metal and Traditional Heavy Metal, just to name a few. This maestro of Metal makes any listener question why they did not pick up a guitar as soon as they could hold one and his fluidity leaves you wondering how so much sound can be produced from six strings. Any instrumental, traditional metal enthusiast will be thrilled to add Knapp's seventh solo release, "Blizzard Archer"- Metal Temple Review
"Bask before the impeccable musicianship of WAXEN. From the wailing guitar solos, shredding guitar riffing, beautifully constructed melodies, and downright amazing structure, “Blasphemer in Celestial Courts” is a monster of an album. The old school metal elements carried by the vile black metal thematic elements blend so well. Bang your heads to this one"- Metal Temple Review