Price paid: £ 150
Purchased from: Soundsgreat Music
Sound — 10
I'm running my Warlock NT through this, a Behringer EQ and a Peavey Vypyr 120 valve head on the clean XXX channel, this pedal produces NO unwanted noise what-so-ever due to the in-built noise gate (appropriately named "chomp" when on) its designed to track the gain control, so the more gain you have, the more aggressive the noise gate is, but its not a bad thing! It makes all your chugging riffs tight and perfect! It stops when you want (completely silent) and lets the solos ring true! The main thing though, (obviously) is the distortion, ABSOLUTELY CRUSHING! You can go from iron maiden to cannibal corpse with this beast, all with the turning of a few knobs, nothing fancy or unusable about it! Everything is practical and works amazingly, if you don't like the amount of mids (as its a single-EQ unit) you can Switch the "mid" control to "thrash" which scoops the mids a bit, for more of a thrashy sound! Other amazing innovations are the "tight" control which adjusts the pedals response to the attack of your picking, basically making it "tighter!" the in-built effects loop (has a Switch on the under-side for setting the loop to pre (before pedal dist) or post (after pedal dist)), a magnetic battery door (no need for tools), a battery on/off Switch (so you don't need to take out the input lead) and LEDs that come on when running off mains power (lights up the controls for when on dark stages). the closest band you'll probably sound like is Misery Index (as guitarist Mark Kloppel helped with the pedals design) but anyway, I've found I can go from anything like Metallica, to Bullet, or even Suicide Silence! Sometimes even AC/DC! No word of a lie, this pedal delivers! Oh, and it features tru-bypass!
Overall Impression — 10
I play a wide range of music, from Secondhand Serenade and Fall Out Boy to Bullet and Bring Me The Horizon (I bet you guys don't like any of those bands!) but anyway, I've been playing for around 8 years, so at least I know what I'm on about. I'm running this into my Vypyr half-stack using a Behringer EQ as a solo and clean boost and this beast works great in the mix! I compared it a EHX Metal Muff, Boss Metal Zone, Metal-Core, and DigiTech Hardwire Metal, and this thing tore them all apart! The thing I love the most about this pedal the most is the "tight" control, its amazing and was definitely a key selling point! If this thing were stolen I think I'd actually cry! Its that special to me now! The only thing I wish it had was the new amptweaker "side-track" system, which is a 2nd effects loop which activates when the pedal is bypassed but that's a tiny price to pay for ULTIMATE METAL TONE! I know I've given this pedal all 10s, but I really feel it deserves them! Unlike the most disto pedals. Peace!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I haven't gigged with it yet unfortunately, but me and my band have had a lot of relentless practice, and this thing seems indestructible, its casing is galvanized steel, so don't expect it to just fall apart! I would easily and happily use it without a backup, but as far as I'm concerned, if you can use your gear properly, you shouldn't need backups!
Ease of Use — 10
A brand new product from legendary amp designer James Brown (designer of the Peavey 6505, JSX, XXX, Delta Blues, Classic 50 etc). I bought this pedal because I needed to Switch from clean to a really high-gain distortion and was tired of half-a-sed weak and digital pedals. And I don't regret it! As soon as I took it out of the box, stuck my amp on bypass, had everything set to the middle and turned it on, it already sounded crushing! All the controls do exactly what they say and work amazingly! (volume, tone, gain, tight, gate, mid, battery) the manual it comes with tells you all you need to know about the pedal and how to get it working) no pages and pages of "safe operating" nonsense).