Price paid: $ 110
Purchased from: Rockshop
Sound — 10
I'm using it with my Schecter Tempest Extreme and crap 10W Ibanez amp that's soon to be replaced, alongside my Boss PW-10 wah pedal. I can say that while I allowed the store salesman to sell me this over a Boss DS1, if you want a lot of distortion this pedal is for you. I play a lot of alternative/grunge style rock which uses a lot of distortion, so it's perfect for me. It should also be pretty good for metal, provided you use it in tandem with a good overdrive.
Overall Impression — 9
As I previously mentioned I play alternative rock with heavy Grunge and shoegaze influences, so I was looking for a good fuzz-type pedal that could give me a lot of distortion without an excessively brutal metal sound. The Grunge is almost perfect for that. While it is quite often maligned on the forums, I can say that for what I paid and what the conversion rate is, I call it a steal. If it were lost or stolen I'd probably get another one, unless I had enough money for a Big Muff. Overall, a great distortion pedal worth every penny I paid.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It's built like a small tank. I don't gig yet, but if I did I would feel more than comfortable using it without a backup, as long as I was running it through outlet power or had put in a new battery just before, as the battery life isn't the greatest. Get an adaptor, and this will be sweet.
Ease of Use — 9
Basically, if you can't figure this pedal out, you're an idiot. Four knobs, clearly marked inputs, all very self explanatory. Finding the exact tone you want can occasionally be a bit of a challenge, but once you find the tone you want it's like magic.