Alex Skolnick


I recently had the good fortune to to sit down with Alex Skolnick to discuss his jazz project, The Alex Skolnick Trio and their latest offering, Veritas. Most people are familiar with Alex’s guitar work with popular metal band Testament and would be surprised to know that for years now, he’s also been writing and playing traditional jazz with The Alex Skolnick Trio. Veritas is a terrific jazz record and is a world apart from metal, although it does contain a very cool rendition of, “Fade To Black.”

When you’re talking about the top five metal bands of all time, most people would probably agree on a few key names, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth and Testament. Although not as commercially popular as the other three aforementioned bands, Testament is widely considered one of the true innovators of thrash metal that has influenced so many metal bands today. After…

Testament have overcome all sorts of adversity to become one of the most respected and heralded metal bands today. After dealing with cancer, record label woes and membership issues, the band has returned with their best album in years, The Formation of Damnation. After over a decade of exiting the Bay Area band, original lead guitarist, Alex Skolnick rejoined the fold and added his trademark solos to the album.