Price paid: £ 85
Purchased from: www.gak.co.uk
Sound — 7
I am using this pedal with Jackson guitars and a Marshall MG amp. This pedal makes such a bad amp sound tons better. There is a bit of noise with this pedal, not background buzz but a high pitched noise in the background which is unnoticeable when the guitar is being played but annoying during breaks in the music. This may just be my setup or one faulty unit so please do not judge every metal zone pedal on a problem I am having. The effects are great as long as you spend a lot of time getting the sound you want. They get a bit muddy and grainy at times. I have a generic metal sound which works well with everything I play (things like Maiden, Helloween, Queensryche, The Big Four, etc.) this pedal has a nice natural distortion that doesn't sound digital like some other pedals.
Overall Impression — 9
I play most sub genres of metal and hard rock. This pedal is built for metal hence the name. don't get it if your gonna be playing The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. I've found it to suit all styles of metal very well. If this pedal was stolen I would track down whoever stole it and get it back or buy another one. It's perfect for me.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I would definitely use this pedal at a gig without any backup. Boss pedals are like tanks so I would have no worries at all. There is no way it could be broken and it sounds the same with any amps I have used it with. This is the only distortion pedal you need to play metal.
Ease of Use — 7
This pedal is fairly easy to use. It is quite hard to get the tone you want but if you spend some time adjusting it you will find the tone you want. The manual is good but the presets do not represent the best you can get out of the pedal. If you just spend 5 mins scooping the mids expecting it to sound awesome it wont. It took me 3 days to get the perfect tone but the pedal is great once you've got it.