INTERVIEW: Testament’s Alex Skolnick

Alex SkolnickAlex Skolnick is one of metal’s great enigmas: he’s ridiculously intelligent, well-read and well-spoken, and he’s a virtuoso of jazz guitar, yet he also plays in Testament, one of the most brutal bands ever to pick up instruments and dish out thrash metal power. There are many who feel that the name ‘Testament’ should be spoken in the same breath as ‘Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax,’ thrash’s ‘Big Four,’ but Testament is about much more than thrash, always pushing their sound onward and into genres such as death metal and extreme metal. Skolnick’s lead guitar is a key ingredient of the classic Testament sound, veering from traditional metal aggression to fusion-influenced intricacy and back again, often within a single phrase. With Testament heading to Australia for the Soundwave festival in February and March (and with a new DVD, Dark Roots Of Thrash, out now), I caught up with Skolnick for a chat about what he’s been up to. Read More …

NAMM: Budda Alex Skolnick AS Perceptor amp

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I stopped by Peavey yesterday to gather a bunch of pics and photos, and the first thing to catch my eye was this behemoth: the long-awaited Budda AS Perceptor, Alex Skolnick’s signature amp. It has three channels, a comprehensive floorboard for controlling them, and enough versatility to handle all of the musical situations Alex finds himself in.

PRESS RELEASE:

January 24, 2013 – Today Budda Amplification announces the release of its new AS Preceptor™ Alex Skolnick signature guitar amplifier. This 3-channel amp marries exceptional tonal quality and versatility with superb build construction and unique styling.

Perhaps best known as the guitarist for the multi-platinum band Testament, Skolnick is a stylistically versatile player, performing in a variety of other projects including his jazz trio, The Alex Skolnick Trio, and a forthcoming world music project, Planetary Coalition. The new Budda AS Preceptor suits his demanding tonal requirements. Read More …