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Alex Skolnick

Alex Skolnick

Real/full name:
Alexander Nathan Skolnick
51 (born Sep 29th, 1968)
Place of origin:
United States (Berkeley, California)


Alex began playing the guitar when he was nine, influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen and Scorpions.

Raised in the Bay Area, he now resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Alex was only 15 years old when he joined Legacy/Testament in 1983.

The silver streak in his hair is natural, and appeared at age fourteen.

Played one single show with Ozzy Osbourne, in 1995, at the Rock City, in Nottingham, England.

He is also a writer, penning a popular blog, "SkolNotes" (featured on and is a frequent contributor to Guitar Player Magazine online.

His first ...

Alex Skolnick Trio

Guitars (2001-present)

Metal Allegiance

Guitars (2014-present)

2015 Metal Allegiance Guitars
2016 Fallen Heroes (EP) Guitars
2018 Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty Guitars, Vocals (backing) (tracks 1-3, 7, 9, 10)


Guitars (1987-1992, 2001, 2005-present)

1987 The Legacy Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 1-3, 6-9), Lyrics (tracks 7, 9)
1987 Live at Eindhoven (Live album) Guitars (lead)
1988 Trial by Fire (Single) Guitars (lead)
1988 The New Order Lyrics (tracks 1-4, 7), Guitars (lead), Songwriting (tracks 1-7, 9, 10)
1989 Practice What You Preach Guitars (lead & rhythm), Lyrics (tracks 1, 2, 5-9)
1990 Kerrang! Plastic Explosive (Split) Guitars
1990 Souls of Black Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 2, 4-7, 9, 10), Lyrics (tracks 5, 7, 9, 10) (as "Alex")
1991 Seen Between the Lines (Video) Guitars (lead)
1992 The Ritual Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 1-3, 5-7, 11), Lyrics (tracks 2, 5, 6)
1993 Return to the Apocalyptic City (EP) Guitars (lead) (tracks 5, 6)
1996 The Best of Testament (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 1-7, 10-12, 14-15)
1997 Signs of Chaos: The Best of Testament (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 1-4, 11-15)
2000 The Very Best of Testament (Compilation) Guitars (tracks 1-13)
2001 First Strike Still Deadly Guitars (lead)
2004 Days of Darkness (Compilation) Guitars
2005 Live in London (Live album) Guitars
2005 Live in London (Video) Guitars
2008 The Formation of Damnation Guitars (lead), Lyrics (track 10)
2009 Live at Eindhoven '87 (Live album) Guitars
2012 True American Hate (Single) Guitars
2012 Native Blood (Single) Guitars
2012 Dark Roots of Earth Guitars (lead), Guitars (rhythm)
2013 Animal Magnetism (Single) Guitars
2013 Dark Roots of Thrash (Live album) Guitars
2016 Brotherhood of the Snake Guitars, Songwriting (tracks 8, 9)
2020 Titans of Creation Guitars (lead)
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Guitars (lead) (1983-1987)

1985 Demo: 1 (Demo) Guitars (lead)


Guitars (1994)

1994 Chance (EP) Guitars (lead)
1994 Handful of Rain (Single) Guitars (lead)
1994 Handful of Rain Guitars (lead)
1995 Japan Live '94 (Live album) Guitars
1998 Japan Live 94 (Video) Guitars (lead)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Guitars (2000-2002, 2004-2009)

2004 The Lost Christmas Eve Guitars
2009 Night Castle Guitars
2013 Tales of Winter - Selections from the TSO Rock Operas (Compilation) Guitars


Guitars (2012)

Ozzy Osbourne

Guitars (1995)

Stu Hamm

Guitars (1992)


2020 Loop of Yesterdays Guitars (solo) (track 3)

Chris Caffery

2007 Pins and Needles Guitar solo (track 6)

Lamb of God

2004 Ashes of the Wake Guitars (lead) (track 10: solo 3)


2011 The Funeral Domine Guitars (lead) (track 5)


2020 Grandpa Metal Guitar solo (track 4)

Metal Allegiance

2015 Metal Allegiance Producer
2016 Fallen Heroes (EP) Producer
2018 Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty Producer

Paradise Lost

2007 Over the Madness (Video) Interviewee


2020 Grandpa Metal Recording (self)


2015 Forever and a Day (Video) Interviewee


2009 Live at Eindhoven '87 (Live album) Liner notes
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