Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the Peavey/Budda Amplification booth to check out several new pieces of gear. On Saturday afternoon at NAMM, Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio introduced the NAMM crowd to his new signature Budda AS Preceptor amp, going through each of the amp's three channels.
Thrash titans Testament have just announced a July 31 release date for their upcoming album, Dark Roots of Earth. The album will come in three configurations — CD, CD/DVD and vinyl — with the latter two including covers of Queen's "Dragon Attack," Scorpions' "Animal Magnetism" and Iron Maiden's "Powerslave."
Here's part two of my recent interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio. To read part one, which focused on Skolnick's unique journey as a jazz player, head here. When we left off, Skolnick was answering questions from readers about a variety of topics.
Alex Skolnick is one busy man. He has been touring relentlessly, promoting his latest Alex Skolnick Jazz Trio album, Veritas, and co-headlining a tour with Anthrax and Death Angel. He even hosted a guitar camp, the Winter Guitar Retreat, with Megadeth's Chris Broderick over the holidays. On January 20 at the 2012 Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Skolnick and his band, Testament, headlined the Dean Guitars NAMM Jam.