Alexander Nathan Skolnick (born September 29, 1968, born and raised in Berkeley, California) is an American jazz and metal guitarist. He is a member of the thrash metal band Testament from its formation in San Francisco in 1983 until his departure in 1992. He returned 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, recording a solo for the album’s instrumental title track.

After leaving Savatage, Skolnick fronted several projects in the Bay Area during the mid to late 1990s, such as Alex Skolnick and the Skol-tones, 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.

In the spring of 2005, Skolnick and the rest of the classic Testament lineup reunited for a short European tour (10 Days of May Tour), with some American dates appended on. The tour was successful and a CD/DVD release was put together from the May 8, 2005 London show. The Formation of Damnation was the first studio album of all new material for Testament in nine years as well as the first to feature Skolnick on guitar since 1992’s The Ritual, was released in 2008.In 2007, Skolnick contributed a solo for Egyptian Artist Nader Sadeks project ” Faceless”, which was composed by Steve Tucker (formerly of Morbid Angel) The song was only to be heard in an art gallery in New York. As of July 2009, according to Blabbermouth.net, Testament has begun recording their next studio album, which is due for release sometime in 2010

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Goodbye to Romance: Standards for a New Generation

Track
# Detroit Rock City – 6:27 (Kiss cover)
# Dream On – 5:23 (Aerosmith cover)
* Originally released on the Aerosmith album.
# No One Like You – 7:37 (Scorpions cover)
# Goodbye To Romance – 7:18 (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
# Still Loving You – 9:11 (Scorpions cover)
# Skol Blues – 8:25
# Pinball Wizard – 7:47 (The Who cover)
# Ofri – 6:46
# War Pigs – 10:33 (Black Sabbath cover)

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Transformation

Track
# “Transformation” – 5:53
# “Electric Eye” – 5:20 (Judas Priest cover)
# “Fear Of Flying” – 5:10
# “Money” – 5:13 (Pink Floyd cover)
# “Both Feet In” – 5:28
# “Scorch” (Featuring Charlie Hunter on 8-string guitar)[1] – 7:17
# “Blackout” – 5:03 (Scorpions cover)
# “IMV/The Trooper” – 5:18 (The Trooper is an Iron Maiden cover)
# “No Fly Zone” – 4:27
# “Don’t Talk To Strangers” – 6:00 (Dio cover)
# “Highway Star” – 6:30 (Deep Purple cover)

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Last Day in Paradise

Track
1. Mercury Retrograde
2. Last Day In Paradise
3. Tom Sawyer (Rush cover)
4. Shades Of Grey
5. Practica Lo Que Predicas (Practice What You Preach) (Testament cover)
6. The Lizard
7. Channel 4
8. Revelation (Mother Earth) (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
9. Out There Somewhere
10. Western Sabbath Stomp

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