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Hear Marty Friedman, Nuno Bettencourt, Alex Skolnick and Richard Shaw shred over mind-bending new Lost Symphony track

Classical metal ensemble Lost Symphony have unleashed an impressively star-studded and virtuosic new single, Take Another Piece. Featuring a “quadruple guitar attack” from Marty Friedman, Nuno Bettencourt, Alex Skolnick and Cradle of Filth's Richard Shaw, the track bears no shortage of gravity-defying shred, with winding wah-soaked leads and searing alternate picking runs permeating its near-eight-minute runtime. Listen to the track below:
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Watch: Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnick and Nuno Bettencourt Guest on Lost Symphony’s “Take Another Piece”

Classically infused metal ensemble Lost Symphony have revealed the first single from their forthcoming Chapter III release, “Take Another Piece,” featuring a quadruple guitar attack from guests Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Richard Shaw (Cradle of Filth). The collective was founded by multi-instrumentalist and producer...
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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Is Not Interested In 'Super-Perfect Technical' Guitar Playing 'That Sounds Like Videogame Music'

During an appearance on the latest episode of the "2020'd" podcast, TESTAMENT's Alex Skonick was asked for his opinion of younger "shred" guitarists who sound like they've done nothing but sit in front of the computer learning Eddie Van Halen's tricks since they were six. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I can respect it. It's very different from where I'm coming from. I don't need that. There is music where the technicality is a part of that, and I love it. There's people who hear me and they think I'm like this super-technical player. But I think when you listen to the guys like you're talking about, that's a whole other thing; there's this whole other scientific level of shredding and two-handed stuff that I'm not that interested in. I'm sure I could devote a bunch of time — if I said, 'Okay, I'm gonna take a year and I'm gonna learn these new tricks and these new techniques,' that's fine. I just don't have it in me. There's music I like that is really not that technical, but it's emotional. When it is technical and emotional, that's great too.
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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Won't Tailor His Social Media Presence To Make TRUMP Supporters Happy

Alex Skolnick, lead guitarist for TESTAMENT, wrote a popular essay for Newlines Magazine about the importance of artists speaking up at a time of political turmoil. In the latest conversation with Newlines Magazine's Faisal Al Yafai and Idrees Ahmad, Alex explains why artists should speak honestly about social and political upheaval, why he doesn’t worry about losing fans who disagree with him, and why he wrote a rap song called "Trump Sucks".
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Testament’s Alex Skolnick Is ‘Hooked’ On Van Halen’s ‘I’m The One’

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick appeared on Premier Guitar‘s video series Hooked to talk about an often overlooked classic from Van Halen’s 1978 debut album – “I’m The One”. While it was Eddie Van Halen’s instrumental “Eruption” that ignited his fire, it was “I’m The One” that influenced the kind of...
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MICHAEL AMOTT, MIKAEL STANNE, ALEX SKOLNICK, MARTY FRIEDMAN And Others Pay Tribute To ALEXI LAIHO - "A Monumental Talent And A Genuine, Caring And Thoughtful Person"

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, Carnage), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Gus G. (Firewind), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), and others have paid tribute to one of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom, Bodom After Midnight), who passed away at his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. See the tributes below: