Wow, 2 in one week. Alex Skolnick of Testament has said yes to Rock House. Earlier this week it was announced that Kiko Loureiro signed on whith Rock House.
A little about Alex as taken from his web sites http://www.alexskolnick.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/alexskolnicktrio
At age sixteen, Alex tried out for a local band called Legacy. Shortly after graduating from high school, he found himself recording his first album with the group, who by this time had changed their name to Testament. What followed were five albums and countless tours with, among others, Megadeth, Slayer, Judas Priest, and White Zombie. Alex received critical acclaim for his lead guitar work, which had been inspired by heroes such as Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, ranking high in many guitar magazine polls, often as 'Best Thrash Guitarist' and 'Most Underrated Guitarist.
Alex is also a featured member of several high profile rock/pop/theater projects. Most notable of these is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, which performs to sold out crowds across the U.S. at such venues as New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 2005, Alex reunited with Testament (after 13 years) for a series of sold out concerts in Europe and Japan, including festivals with groups including Korn, Def Leppard and Guns'nRoses. These reunion shows were such a success that more dates continue to follow and a new album could be in the works.
Alex's latest project is an album by the Alex Skolnick Trio. Featuring seven originals and three arrangements of rock/metal standards (a concept upon which the trio has built a formidable reputation), LDIP is their most unique and cutting edge recording to date. For this album, the group has gone beyond the traditional trio format, incorporating voice, slide guitar, loops, and other sonic embellishments, enhancing the strong, melodic compositions.
I welcome Alex and his music styles. You can also check out his you tube page http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAlexSkolnickTrio below is a video that I particularly like featuring a song called "Western Sabbath Stomp".