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Alex Skolnick


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Alex Skolnick (born September 29, 1968, grew up in Berkeley, California) is a jazz and rock guitarist. He is a member of the thrash metal band Testament, formed in San Francisco in 1983. Skolnick left the band in 1992 — returning briefly to re-record some old material for the band’s First Strike is Still Deadly release as well as the “Thrash of the Titans” all-star performance in 2001. He joined the band Savatage for the recording of Handful of Rain, as well as its follow-up live album and home video release Japan Live ‘94. He has also recorded and briefly toured with the Stu Hamm band, and played with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2004, Skolnick made a guest appearance on Lamb of God’s Ashes of the Wake album. Skolnick recorded a solo for the instrumental track bearing the same name as the album.

After leaving Savatage, Skolnick fronted several projects in the Bay Area during the mid to late 1990s, such as Exhibit-A and Skol-Patrol (a funk band exclusively dedicated to cop-show themes, both covered and original, featuring Michael Manring). He also recorded two albums with Attention Deficit, a 3-piece featuring Tim Alexander from Primus as well as Manring. Recently Skolnick relocated to New York City and began devoting all of his energies to jazz, enrolling in the jazz program at The New School. Most recently, he has been touring and recording with the Alex Skolnick Trio, a jazz group known for playing rousing bebop renditions of classic rock and heavy metal tunes.



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  • Vesperi

    Alex is just the best guitarist in the world. "nuff said.

    27 Jun 3:27pm Reply
  • sukimin

    my virtuoso

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • sivris_inek

    He wrote great solos and songs.. especially Testament's " The Legacy " song is awasome.. Thank you for this things and my profile picture :D

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Peti14

    I thought, that Dave Mustaine is the best guitar player in the world... I was wrong. Thank you, Alex, for all, what you do for us and thrash music. \m/

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • dbermudezm

    I want to see you in Attention Deficit

    20 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Jack6717

    Tagged as awesome dude.

    20 Oct 2008 Reply
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  • PureMetal

    AS is just brilliant

    1 Mar 2007 Reply

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