Obituary’s Trevor Peres and Ken Andrews take you inside the Florida death metal legends’ caveman sound

Obituary's Trevor Peres and Ken Andrews
(Image credit: Tim Hubbard)

Few would describe Obituary’s catalog of festering riffage and grotesque, groove-heavy pummeling as an all-out laugh riot, but when it came time for the Tampa, Florida-formed death metal icons to make their 11th album, Dying of Everything, lead guitarist Ken Andrews’ quixotic approach to soloing had him cracking up behind the scenes. 

“I always joke around,” he explains to Guitar World over Zoom from a tour stop in Georgia. “Obituary’s sound is Trevor [Peres]’s massive guitar, and I’m just the jerk-off making weird noises.” 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.