Terrance Hobbs

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Terrance Hobbs
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Hobbs at the 2014 Free & Easy Festival.
Background information
Birth name Terrance Hobbs
Born April 6, 1970 (age 47)
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Death metal, technical death metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar
Associated acts Suffocation, Criminal Element

Terrance Hobbs (born April 6, 1970) is an American musician and the lead guitarist in the American death metal band Suffocation.[1] Hobbs has been a constant member in the band since their first released title Reincremated along with band mates Frank Mullen and Mike Smith, who all met in high school. Hobbs also played in the death metal project, Criminal Element, which featured fellow bassist Derek Boyer.


Hobbs is renowned in the death metal scene for having combined fast and repetitive barred riffing closely accompanied by other swept and often technical unexpected patterns: laying down the basics of Technical/Brutal death metal of today. He is also well known for his bizarre sounding, swept mocking solos famously accompanied with his signature tremolo utilization, usually in the form of divebombs and trills along with finger tapping. Pierced from Within is a classic example, containing an array of complex breakdowns and atmospheric solos, along with Effigy of the Forgotten and Souls to Deny, which features a great deal of layered riffing and unusual melodies.


Hobbs uses a B.C.Rich warlock custom NJ with a notable reverse pointed headstock and occasionally a B.C. Rich Zombie. He is also endorsed by ENGL amplification and Vader cabinets and uses Ernie ball strings and Dimarzio(Super Distortion) pickups.[citation needed]

A recent photo of Suffocation having a rehearsal was posted on the band's Facebook page. In this photo, Hobbs is holding what appears to be an ESP Eclipse guitar with EMG pickups and a tremolo system.

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Hobbs is well known for his large 70s style glasses, which his friends used to always find a way to break.

His Custom B.C.Rich Warlock's reverse headstock is pointed left, unlike the majority of other B.C. Rich headstocks that are normally pointed right. He is formerly endorsed by B.C. Rich and received occasional warlocks from them. He has been known to use guitars such as the "Calibre" Warlock. As of May 2017, he is endorsed by Legator Guitars


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Suffocation". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 

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