"100% pure DEATH \m/"
don't be put off by the fact that it doesn't have a GAIN control - if you're even considering buying this, you'd have the gain dimed anyways! LOL I LOVE my Death Metal pedal - I traded in a BOSS DS-1 and a Digitech Grunge pedal on this at my local Guitar Center. If you're into heavy, HEAVY metal tone, buy this NOW. The 3-band EQ is EXTREMELY responsive, more than I expected. You can really get lots of differnt tones with the EQ, no problem.
level, low, mid, high... all you need really. The EQ is VERY responsive in shaping the tone, giving you a wide range of possible sounds. It COULD come with a gain control, but WHY? It also has 2 outputs, one for your amp, one for ditrect recording, which really does give a good tone. You can plug in your guitar, then run a line from the 2nd output right into your computer's soundcard "line in" and it records beautifully!
Ease of Use:
very easy to use
like the saying goes, "built like a tank" and it is! The pots are nice and snug, staying put where you need them. The switching is completely silent, and Digitech gives a SIX year warranty if you register on their website.
never needed them for ANY Digitech product I've used. PLUS, they have a 6 year warranty, just in case.
it's half the price of the BOSS Metal Zone, which is an awesome pedal, but again - twice the price of the Death Metal...
The Wow Factor:
if you wanna nail that BRUTAL Death Metal tone, this is THE pedal. As with any effects pedal, if you use a crappy guitar and a crappy amp, you're gonna sound like crap. Use a decent set-up and the rest is in your fingers.
I don't plan on trading or selling this pedal. I'm sure I'll buy others, but this one isn't going anywhere!