Purchased from: zzounds.com
Sound — 10
I use this pedal with a Marshall JCM800 Lead Series amp and an Ibanez X-Series Destroyer. The distotion that this pedal gives is nothing short of awesome. The output is great. You can get just about any sound you want from this pedal. It rarely gives off unwanted noise, and flat out sounds great for rock, hard rock, and especially metal.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mostly hard rock and metal, and this pedal does the trick perfectly. It gives great distortion and tremendous output. This pedal easily gives you those screeching highs, and is still great for those hardcore metal riffs. It's very easy to control, and can give you just about any sound you're looking for, from Randy Rhoades to Angus Young to Zakk Wylde. I would highly recommend this pedal to all rock and metal players, and if I lost or had this pedal stolen, I would definitely buy another.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This pedal is very reliable and dependable. It uses a 13-volt AC adapter, and it built very well. It is encase in an aluminum chassis, but the outer part of this pedal is definitely very easy to mess up. When I got it, it already had a few scrapes and dings in it, and just from normal wear and tear, the outer casing gets scratched and it's pretty easy to chip and dent, but seems to protect the inner part of it pretty well.
Ease of Use — 10
It's real easy to get a great sound out of this. It has 6 knobs, three on each side. On the left side is the "Awaken" footswitch, which turns on the pedal and the first three knobs, which are "Fire", which controls the initial distortion on the 12AX7 tube, "Shriek", which controls the treble, and "Roar", which controls bass. The other footswitch on the right side, entitled "Slayer", activates the second set of knobs. These knobs are "Intensity", which controls the "character" of the attack properties magnifying string attack, and "Breath", which controls the symmetry off-set of the distortion. Also on the right side is the last knob labeled "Level" which controls the overall output of the pedal, and can be used with either setting. The only thing you need the manual for is to figure out what the names of all the knobs mean, and once you are good on that, this pedal is extremely easy to get a great sound from.