Toby interviewed in August issue of Bulldozer Mag!





Knapp's Traditional/Speed Metal assault sign with Moribund! Click logo for press release!

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 several albums for prestigious labels such as Shrapnel Records, Century Media, Shredguy and Moribund 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.  




Progressive Metal Instrumental debut from Knapp and Markus Johansson! Click cover to buy!


Finally, Onward's never heard fourth album surfaces! Click cover to order!




Check out the music page to hear "Symbiotic" from Where Evil Follows forthcoming Moribund Records debut "Portable Darkness". Also uploaded are tracks from Onward's "New Fathoms Down" and a youtube review of Waxen's "Agios Holokauston". Scroll through the page and also find Onward's 2001 ProgPower set in it's entirety plus some "instructional" riffing vids from Knapp.


Guitarists Markus Johansson and Knapp have finished the all instrumental KNAPP/JOHANSSON "Unborn Spirits Immortal"! Check Shredguy Records to pick this masterwork up- in addition to Onward's album of rare and unreleased 70's prog/Zeppelin inspired material "New Fathoms Down". Pure Steel Records will take care of the vinyl version of NFD in the coming months. Knapp and Dean Sternberg have finished and turned in to Moribund Records WHERE EVIL FOLLOWS "Portable Darkness".This is pure traditional heavy/speed metal with occult overtones that will satiate fans of all forms of real Metal! The band plans on touring early 2015. This is just the beginning....

Also the Fetid Zombie album Knapp played guest solos on is finished (also featuring members of Rotting Christ, Varathron, Thou Art Lord, Necromantia, etc) and it's release date will be announced soon. Guitar God Sean Baker is finishing up his debut for Shredguy Records which features guest appearances from Knapp and solo artist/Racer X legend Bruce Bouillet trading solos with Baker on one of the album's tracks "Shrapnel in Your Ear".  Stay in tuned for more info!!


Lots of happenings going on in the TK music world. So a quick update. Berklee Press/Hal Leonard publications have released guitar virtuoso Joe Stump's instructional book "Metal Guitar Chop Shop" which in addition to Joe's excellent learning tools, includes brief commentary from Knapp.  Waxen's "Agios Holokauston" is out! You can get it from Moribund Records directly or demand it from your local shops- Moribund has strong distribution! Touring bassist and backing vocalist for Matt Barlow's band Ashes of Ares, Dean Sternberg, has finished his vocal tracks for the "Where Evil Follows" debut. WEF has signed to Moribund and has a vinyl deal with Pure Steel Records-the album is due in Sept. 2014! The Johansson/Knapp cd "Unborn Spirits Immortal" is finished and is a killer storm of fiery frets and heavy as fuck composition available very soon on Shredguy Records. Knapp has completed guest solos for famed underground artist/illustrator/musician Mark Riddick in Mark's one man death/gore/black metal machine FETID ZOMBIE (Mark designed the WEF logo!) more info. on that album soon! Toby has also completed guest solos for a track on label mate Sean Baker's new album! This song features scorching trade offs between Baker, Knapp and the legendary Bruce Bouillet (Racer X, The Scream, solo artist). Baker's album will be out this summer on Shredguy Records!


Knapp's newest sinister Speed Metal onslaught "Where Evil Follows" is complete! The band's debut,  titled "Portable Darkness", should appeal in particular to fans of Onward as well as classic early 80's Traditional Metal and Speed Metal bands. Searing guitar solos and riffs reminiscent at times of classic Mercyful Fate, Agent Steel, Vicious Rumors, Helstar and even Cacophony albums combine with soaring and intelligent vocals. The vocals were recently tracked at Moordeb Studios in New York and this will be released by Moribund Records in sept/nov 2014. Pure Steel Records will handle the vinyl release in Europe- stay tuned! If you are a fan of pure, raging traditional metal- this is not to be missed! WEF wants to TOUR!!

Germany's Pure Steel Records recently re-issued the first two Onward albums "Evermoving" and "Reawaken" for the first time on vinyl. Excellent new artwork depicting magic and wizardry, remastered, killer gatefold with lyrics and liner notes from Knapp. Get them now while supplies last direct from Pure Steel Records (click Onward link above). Pure Steel will be releasing more of Knapp's work on vinyl in the future.

Knapp's one man Black Metal project, Waxen, has signed with elite Black/Death Metal label Moribund Records! A recent press release issued by the label reads: "Today, MORIBUND RECORDS sets May 27th as the release date for WAXEN's Agios Holokauston. WAXEN is the cult solo-project of metal vet and scene legend Toby Knapp (Onward, Toby Knapp band, GODLESS RISING), and Agios Holokauston is WAXEN's first album for MORIBUND and second overall. But above all, Agios Holokauston is dark 'n' dazzling display of Knapp's songwriting acumen and technical mastery. Handling all instruments, complex 'n' coiling black metal is ripped asunder with Knapp's characteristic brand of shred, his six-string sorcery winding 'n' wending through all manner of riff catacombs yet always locating a haunting, poignant place for the listener to dwell. But no matter where WAXEN's diabolical vision goes, Knapp never loses sight of heavy metal songcraft." The album has already landed Knapp positive press from Metal Forces and a full interview in the April issue of AGAINST magazine!




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




Link to Shredguy Records

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