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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.  


 
 

 
 


 
Weihung official cover

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

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Progressive Neoclassical instrumental guitar! All new solo album coming soon! "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. Click album cover to pre-order!

Hellriper

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

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

Summer/Fall 2016 Updates 

UPDATE! Just when you thought it was over- Knapp has begun work on his third album this year!? That is correct. Conjuring up the best of the 80's thrash metal movement- particularly the mid-eighties German scene (Kreator, Destruction, Sodom) Knapp will soon unleash AFFLIKTOR's debut "Merciless Regime" on the Crushing Notes label. No modern tendencies, no down tuned 8 string guitars and no triggered drums which have made so many new "thrash" metal albums sound identical. This is a return to classic evil thrashing speed metal. Get out your denim jacket with the Venom and Slayer patches and prepare for time travel!

 Toby recently completed, mixed and mastered the forthcoming neoclassical album "The Architect of Paradox".
"On this album I'm trying to keep it out of blues territory and keep it strictly of a neo-classical nature similar to the records Shrapnel was releasing in the mid-eighties" states Knapp. The album's artwork was created by Moribund label president Odin Thompson. We have confirmed that Crushing Notes Entertainment will release a digipak CD version of the album- look for it by the end of the summer 2016- the album will be very accessible. The last of the Shrapnel shredders has created a stunning guitar album that is not to be missed. Check the music page to hear a track! Pre-orders are being accepted now- click on the album cover above or visit crushingnotes.com to get your cd!

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

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WAXEN INTERVIEWED IN RECENT ISSUE OF "AGAINST"!

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Toby interviewed in August issue of Bulldozer Mag!

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Knapp in Guitar World 2010 "Ozzy" issue.

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

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