Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Boss

Description Equipped with a dual gain circuit, the MT-2 provides super-long sustain and heavy mids and lows like a stack of overdriven amps. With three-band EQ, a wide range of distortion textures is at your command.
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On 9/1/2006, Mike Riches (113) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at an overdrive pedal, a blues overdrive pedal and this, but this one came out on top
Model Year: 2005
Where Obtained: Noteworthy Music
Features:
It is battery powered and can support AC it is one of bosses most power ful distortion pedals and is capable of creating extreme distortions, ideal for any hard orck or metal guitarist
Sound Quality:
It has a good range of sound, but could be better
Ease of Use:
Is an incredibly easy stomp box with 4 nobs to turn (2 double nobs) 1 adjusts the level(volume) of the effect, 2 double nobs provide the EQ and 1 nob selects how much distortion you want to use
Durability:
Its good for live playing and would provide the right amount of tone you would need The manufacturer is a major company, so if you buy this pedal then expect good quality
On 1/21/2005, Mike Anderson (165) posted:
Overall Rating:
Everyone can benifit from this pedal even if they arent into metal. This thing really screams when you need it too, and roars pretty low also. This is the only distortion pedal you will ever need it is so diverse. I am incredibly happy with it, and I would recomend it to anyone!
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
It has distortion level, high eq, low eq, middle eq, and mid levels.
Sound Quality:
I use an ESP MG-750 and a Jackson RR. I play through a peavey 5150 amp and cab and it sounds great. This is the best pedal I have bought. It can make any sound you need to fit your style. The tone is amazing, and this thing really brings your harmonics to life.
Ease of Use:
It takes a little bit longer to find your sound because it has alot of knobs, but it is well worth it. You can sit for hours coming up with a new distortion.
Durability:
Boss makes the best pedals, they are practically indestructable, and they last forever.
On 12/1/2004, Richard Miller (103) posted:
Overall Rating:
If I had it to do over again I now Know there are better distortion pedals on the market. This is not a bad pedal. If it was I would say it. Instead, lets say it's a one trick pony. For Extreme Scooped Mids Heavy Metal it works great. For any other use,well, there really is no other use. If your a diehard MetalHead give this pedal a try. Theres's a good chance you'll like it. If you need something you can use for other types as well,----Look Elsewhere.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
This is the standard Boss type stompbox with constrution, size, and power suppy like the other Boss pedals.
Sound Quality:
I run Mesa amps and Ibanez guitars when I use,(used), this pedal. This is a very specific use pedal and if you only play Metal with very,very scooped mids this pedal might be for you. In my own case I found it's use to be too limited to get permanent space on my pedalboard. I have a Wasabi Distortion that can mimic this pedals voice and give me other great voices as well and that pedal replaced the metalzone for my daily use.
Ease of Use:
Pretty simple to use.
Durability:
Good Boss Quality constrution
On 10/15/2004, James Hanford (46) posted:
Overall Rating:
Pretty good, disappointing about the sound quality. Buy a ds-1 instead; get a better sound and save half your money
Model Year: 2004
Price: $107.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Leuven music store
Features:
A lot of features, 3-way eq, distortion, volume. Howveer, tehyre all a bit pointless as they dont really make the sound much better.
Sound Quality:
Pretty bad. It sounds really cheapy, and no setting is perfect, unlike things like the ds-1 and the rat.
Ease of Use:
Very hard compared to the ds-1, but still quite easy
Durability:
Very duruable as with all boss products. doesnt even scratch!
On 7/3/2004, Peter Hsieh (1575) posted:
Overall Rating:
If I lost this effect I would buy another one definetly. This is such a good effect, I love it. It makes me laugh like a mad man. The distortion is so heavy if I stand in front of my amp too long I may go sterile!!!
Price: $57.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
This is my favorite pedal, the heaviest distortion avaible. It has a three band EQ as well as a level and distortion knob. It has both the battery and AC-adaptor options which is great. This pedal is perfect.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender Strat and a Jackson soloist plugged into a Marshall JCM 800 head playing through a 1960A 4x12. The JCM 800 is the ultimate metal amplifier and the metal zone completes it, making it a behemoth of a set up. The metal zone is purely a metal pedal but it does do rock and grunge pretty nicely though I rarely play grunge. The pedal is suprising quiet for being one of the heaviest metal distortions on the market.
Ease of Use:
This is very easy to use and includes a wide pallet of metal tone. Even a gorilla can dial in heavy metal wonder with this thing!!!
Durability:
This effect is very durable, never died on me. It is so well built I could use it as a bottle opener or pound nails with it
On 6/11/2004, Randy Hano (12149) posted:
Overall Rating:
The unit is one dimensional with a lot of range. The hardcore stack sound is there and if you add a nice chorus (like the reissue Ibanez CS9), you'll have that great hardcore sound.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $49.95
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Sound Quality:
I like it. You can achieve that modern heavy sound without really trying. With all the gain and grit, control will be biggest issue at loud volumes.
Ease of Use:
The unit is very easy to use. The question is more how you use it. Playing solo or recording with this box gives a great hard metal sound. It has lots of meat and drive in its sound. However be careful in a band setting, you can lose some of the tone in the low end even if you eq'd it up.
Durability:
Typical Boss Construction - Just like a tank.
On 3/16/2002, Paul Connolly (1092) posted:
Overall Rating:
You should only consider this after trying other pedals and only if they dont get what you want. Its far to noisy and the sound is bad. Go for a OS-2
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Musician, Dublin
Features:
It has Level, Bass,Mid and Treble controls. Standard 9v battery or 9-12v 500ma adaptor.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender MIM strat with Seymour duncan "Hotrails" in the bridge. This pedal should only be used exclusivly for metal and similar types of music. Its far too noisy, too much of a middy sound coming from it so it has no definition. It cause feedback way too easily, but you can set it up right if you work at it
Ease of Use:
Very difficult to get a fat tone that wont feedback.
Durability:
*ahem*
On 2/21/2002, Ralph Montegomery (57) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is the best pedal I've found for distortion. The 3 band EQ and mid frequency controls really give it a wide spectrum of tones.
Price: $20.00
Where Obtained: Poor College Kid
Features:
6 knobs control level, distortion, 3 band EQ, and mid freq. AC or battery powered.
Sound Quality:
The name of the pedal is Metal Zone. I can't understand why people are rating it low because it doesn't sound like overdrive. They are two different things. It does a great job to make you sound like any metal guitarist out there.
Ease of Use:
Plug in, tap on, and play.
Durability:
I bought it used and the case was pretty banged up. The sound is still great and there's no noise in the switching. It's durable.
On 2/7/2002, Ibrahim Demirdag (824) posted:
Overall Rating:
Excellent. I think that when I bought this I got every penny of my money back.
Price: $100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local dealer
Features:
I wish it had an additional on/off switch because I'bored of unpluggin' everytime(coz I use it w/battery)
Sound Quality:
I use it with a squier affinity strat and park mg15rcd and I really think that they're nothing without the mt2. I think its ideal for metal.I also use a zoom 1010 but I can't even compare its poor distortion with mt2's.It's a bit noisy but it can't be better I think.
Ease of Use:
You can use various adjustments but my favourite for metal is (level:mid, high and low:+15, middle and mid freq:200, and dist:max
Durability:
It is so durable and reliable that if I buy anything after this it will definitely be a boss.
On 1/7/2002, EETH Adelsberger (35) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is an amazing pedal with a well rounded sound. One of the best aspects is that it is like adding a a whole nother channel. It can alo obtain a good distortion on the clean channel.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $85.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Schoolhouse Music
Features:
This pedal has a 3 band eq w/ a mid freq. a level and a gain. It can be ac or battery powered.
Sound Quality:
This effect is well suited for most any style. With the right settings you can get a different amp stylelike british or metal
Ease of Use:
This effect is really straighforward and easy to use
Durability:
Being a Boss and havinga 5 year warranty it is really durable and reliable. It is built like a little tank.
On 12/17/2001, Jason Henderson (5681) posted:
Overall Rating:
This pedal is small but not too small, it can fit in your hand but don't expect to close it successfully. The pedal, with it's problems, is a great distortion pedal. If you like metal, punk, or anything inbetween or around, you'll really enjoy this pedal very much. It's fun to play with, the same goes for all of Boss toys. I think the funnest part of the pedal was just to stomp on it, it has a small clink and a red dot appears that is a light, and it's on. Like I said, the only bad parts of the pedal is the fact that it takes some tinkering like almost all pedals, and the sound is a bit staticy and raw. Everything else is top-notch on this thing. Also, it's got a hefty price range, so don't expect to buy it cheap.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $103.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Local music store
Features:
The MT2 has four switches (two of them are really four actually, but they're a part of each other), one for Distortion, one for the level (or volume) of the pedal overall, and the other two are basically like a treble and bass-like bassis of the pedal. Since It's made by the great people at Boss, the pedal is compact, made of metal like a tank, and a simple stompbox-foot on, foot off, etc-so the only complex part is getting the sound you want out of the thing. With some hours of tinkering, you'll find it no matter what. The switches are easy to turn and don't bump into each other when you try to change them. The pedal can be AC powered, or battery. If I were you, get the AC, that way your amp can get more electricity, and so does your pedal. If you leave your battery in the pedal for one night, it'll drain all of the energy out of it very quickly, trust me, I learned that the hard way. I just wish this pedal had a few more options, like a static-eraserizer or something like that to clean out the static.
Sound Quality:
I use this pedal with the only electric guitar I have at the moment. I have a Peavy pedal, and at most modes, the pedal sounds almost exactly like the amp. But it can get harder, more strong and solid sounding, and I can go much farther from there. The pedal distortion itself can be a vast landscape for the first month you own it probably, cause it can sound from just about anything from rock, to hard rock, to punk, to metal, to heavy metal, to goth, to whatever else is out there. Even alternative (duh). This pedal does have it's mistakes, though, I think it has too much static on many levels, which is a good thing if you know how to use it, but for most, no. Also the pedal kills most of the risiduals of your guitar, say, that you can hear normally on your amp or some other pedal. So lets just say you play a certain chord, and you recognize it's sound, well, play it again with the pedal on, and it will sound the same but not entirely-you can't hear the smaller sounds of it. But that only matters which mode the pedal is on, and is only a big problem if you want a whole lot of distortion.
Ease of Use:
It's made by Boss-of course it's easy. You plug it in on both sides, plug the AC into it and into the wall, turn you amp on and plug the rest of the wires in, then all you have to do is stomp on it to turn it on, stomp on it again (you can tap on it if you want to) to turn it off. This is an extremely simple pedal to operate, the only hard part is, is to time your stomping right, which comes naturally eventually. The hardest part of the pedal itself though, is the tinkering. It might take you hours to figure out your favorite sound that you want to capture. TIP: Do it on your spare time, when you have hours to just sit there and play guitar, and you have the patience to do it, also. This pedal is a great one, but only with some patience.
Durability:
You can throw it into your drier and the pedal will still work. You can throw it into a room with rabied-dogs and it will still work. Since the entire outer shell of it is metal, it can take anything. It's quite heavy, but most of the time it'll be on the floor anyway, right? So it's perfect for live sets. The pedal can survive anything, from nuclear winters to World Wars. I think it's only casualties is the knobs, but you can get those replaced anytime you want to at your local guitar shop.
On 11/24/2001, Dylan Steeb (625) posted:
Overall Rating:
The best "extreme" high gain pedal on the market. Punk, metal, death metal, industrial, goth...whatever..if you want endless distortion and sustain, look no further. If your looking for that warm overdriven tube sound, buy a dam tube amp and crank it up. I get the best of both worlds with this...I can crank my marshall on the gain channel or use this and get as heavy as I want. Remember.....no matter what...try it before you buy it.
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
As said in the other reviews.....knobs for volume, eq and distortion. The eq is the tricky part, its very sensitive to small adjustments and you must fiddle with it to get the sound that you want. The instruction manual includes a few suggested settings for various sounds and they are a good starting point to discover your sound.
Sound Quality:
Hey, look at the name....metal zone...if you are not looking for totally brutal over the top distortion, Boss makes several other distortions and overdrives that will suit your needs. That being said, I can't figure out why anyone could be dissappointed or confused about this effect...it delivers exactly what it is supposed to. I have played this with many different guitars and through different amps and it always gives the sound that I want. True, your going to lose some of the subtle qualities of your guitar but what do you expect when you play with soooooo much gain? If your obsessed with distortion and gain, this pedal will satisfy you to the max. In my oppinion, it is far superior in sound quality and flexibility to any of the other "extreme" gain effects on the market. Hell, I even ran this through a little smokey amp into a 2X10 cab and it still sounded heavy all get out!
Ease of Use:
I had to fuss with the eq settings to get the exact sound that I wanted....in the process, I developed a few other settings that I liked for some varried distortion sounds. It is pretty much a set it and forget it deal.
Durability:
As with all Boss pedals, well constructed and built.
On 11/13/2001, Tom Timmermans (221) posted:
Overall Rating:
Looked at other Boss distortions, DOD, Marshall, some tube pedals... For what I wanted it to do (chugging heavy metal) there's no alternative.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Leo Caerts
Features:
Level, bass, high and low mids, treble and gain. Simple enough. Follow the user manual and take it from there.
Sound Quality:
Get this. The thing is called METAL zone. You want sweet, warm overdrive? Get a Fender tube amp or a tube overdrive pedal. Also, it's a DISTORTION pedal. Not an overdrive. This said, it does what it does excellently. Anywhere from Paul Gilbert to the vilest death metal band... They're all in there. Distortion should be kept anywhere between halfway to all the way up. Halfway will get you nice Gilbert sounds (think Racer X) and all the way up with some extra bass will put you in death metal heaven. For solos, try teaming it up with a delay pedal. No other pedal I tried gave me that typical heavy metal palm-muted chug. You want tight, chugging powerchords and screaming leads? Give it a try.
Ease of Use:
Easy enough. The two mid-knobs take a little extra tweaking, but once you've got their functionality down it's not a problem.
Durability:
It's Boss.
On 7/4/2001, Mike Bulko (989) posted:
Overall Rating:
Pretty good for all you guys who like to rock out with metal. I think this would go great with the Angus Young Special Ed Gibson Sg
Price: $115.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Long and Mcquade
Features:
Ac/Battery Powered. single in and output ports. Switches include: Effect Level, High/Low and Middle/Mid Freq Equalizers, Distortion.
Sound Quality:
Very good for metal. Not so great for others. I try to use it for punk, i dont get the greatest sound from it but its better then nothing.
Ease of Use:
Easy to use, again if you only play metal. Takes a while to find a sweet spot in the settings and it can get a little frustrating.
Durability:
Same as all the other stomp boxes. Very strong and scratch free
On 3/19/2001, Elysium posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall this pedal is very good at what it does but if you like heart warming vintage drive keep well away
Price: $60.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Trade
Features:
This is just a simple stompbox with the added feature of the 3 band equaliser. When they call it metal zone i think they mean it but don't believe the tube stack in a box statement.
Sound Quality:
This pedal is not very versatile but has its fuction and boy is it good at it's function. In my opinion these are all the pedals you need.....chorus:electro harmonix's small clone is very good and gives a nice vintage sound although danelectro's cheapo milkshake chorus is good for it's price. Chorus is invaluable in giving you a sweet clean sound when used subtly, if you use it too much you sound like a Yes fan (eeek!). Small stone phaser by e-h gives a cool sound when doubled with mild distortion,kinda like in that lenny kravitz song are you gonna go my way , dods phaser is also pretty cool. delays: you'll need 2 one good one and one mediocre one with the good one use it for cool clean sounds and layered rhythms with the crap one set the delay to about 100ms or less and this gives you an EXTREMELY heavy distorted sound, double tracked kind of thing. Compressor gotta have a compresser tightens your stuff up gives you sustain. metal zone. equaliser: this gives you even heavier sounds, big bassy stuff or a treble boost like brian may which clears things up. a noise suppressor believe me you'll need one. i think these are the only pedals you'lle ever need, maybe a wah but they sound SO cheesy. Anyway i'm of track back to the metal zone all in all this is a one trick pony this gives you heavy distortion and heavy distortion and it's very good heavy distortion gotta have heavy distortion. For subtler distortions use the one in your amp and stop whining.
Ease of Use:
Although you need to tweek a lot of stuff to get a decent sound it is very easy to use but always keep the gain all the way up
Durability:
On 3 children.....1...2...3 ALL BOSS PEDALS ARE BUILT LIKE TANKS GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On 3/3/2001, Trevor Becks (20) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's not too versitile, but you get more control with it than you do with just the amp distortion. It sounds good for metal. I'd buy another one if I lost the one I have now.
Where Obtained: Christmas gift
Features:
Level (volume), bass, mid, mid frequency, high, and gain controls. AC or DC powered.
Sound Quality:
It sounds good for metal. I'd like to get something that has a more versitile sound.
Ease of Use:
You step on it and it turns on...how hard is that?
Durability:
It's pretty heavy-duty (like any Boss stompbox).
On 2/20/2001, Brendan Clark (537) posted:
Overall Rating:
Well, I needed a good quality distortion pedal because the distortion on my amp is horrible and it didn't have a footswitch. I looked around, and I picked this because of the Boss reputation and the features. Also, its fairly cheap. If it were stolen, I would buy a new one, hunt them down, and bash there head in with it. Of course, its a Boss, so it would work fine afterwards.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $89.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Features:
This little stompbox has controls for volume (Level), and distortion (Gain). It also has a three-band equalizer (bass, mids, treble) and a middle frequency knob. That last one changes the sound of the distortion overall. It can run on batteries or an adapter, sold seperately. They cost about $20. Nice range of sounds from a pedal.
Sound Quality:
The sound of my guitar is a little different when run through the pedal, but its not really buzzy like some of the other pedals I tried. I play rock and alternative, and it works well. The sounds range from all-out seething distortion with tons of sustain to a soft overdrive. Sounds great with my Strat, and even with my cheap little amp.
Ease of Use:
There are six knobs. One adds more or less distortion. One changes how loud the sound is. The others change the sound of the distortion. You can sit there forever and tweak with it to come up with some cool sounds, but it doesn't take long to find a setting you'll stick with. The mid-freq knob takes awhile to get the hang of though.
Durability:
It is a Boss. They are indestructible. It does get a little scratched, but that just adds character.
On 8/11/2000, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
Best damn pedal i ever bought.
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: mars
Features:
Its got distortion, mad levels of distortion. ALL GOOD DISTORTION!
Sound Quality:
U like Pantera, Deftones, NIN,? THIS IS THE PEDAL TO GET!! It gives me the tone i want to hear whenever i need it.
Ease of Use:
Great, but i was never to keen on the boss pedal design, sometimes it doesnt go on when ya press it. only a few times though
Durability:
LIKE A MOTHAF---IN TANK!
On 7/8/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
Overall Rating:
Propably a good pedal for metalheads but not for me.
Features:
Standard Boss features with added "EQ" that really affects the sound.
Sound Quality:
Very powerful metal sound with more distortion than you will ever need. The problem is that the sound of this pedal is a true opposite for the warm overdrive that i like. This pedal doesnt capture nuances of your playing so well in my opinion and is simply too overpowering for me.
Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 3/23/2000, Giovanni Lubguban (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
its nice
Model Year: 1995
Where Obtained: cagayan de oro
Features:
Sound Quality:
i want a heavier one
Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 3/16/2000, Hugo One (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
I have never heard a pedal that even comes close to the level of distortion and versitility. Great metal pedal.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I love all the different eq settings it has.
Sound Quality:
The heaviest sounding pedal you can buy.
Ease of Use:
Stomp on. Stomp off. Easy.
Durability:
Indestructable. Built like a tank.
On 2/24/2000, Keith Hart (82) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you are trying to find a distortion pedal that will drive your amp into meltdown this is it. The range of all the features of this pedal are designed for the hard rock, metal, grunge, death, industrial, progressive minded player. The Metal Zone does exactly what it claims. If you have a stack be prepared, you might not want to run the gain or eq settings all the way up it can be brutal. This thing will take cheap combo and fry your brains as well. This is the best high gain distortion pedal I have ever heard, and I have had over 20 distortion boxes.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars music
Features:
The Metal Zone has Level, distorion/gain and hi, lo, and mid eq controls. It also features a parametric mid sweep control which gives the Metal Zone a very broad spectrum of available tones. It is very easy to use. You might want to check out the owners manual to get an idea of how the sweep works. Several of the things I like about this pedal its versatile tone. The eq is active, in other words you can boost or cut desired frequincies, where as a passive eq only allows for a cut in frequincies. The gain/distortion knob goes from hot rod Marshall to extreme brain frying gain. Onereally nice feature is that the parametric mid sweep control is bypassed when the control is set at 12 O clock. The Manual will be a big help when using the parametric eq.
Sound Quality:
Very quiet operation. Noiseless switching system allows the effect to be turned on or off without the annoying click some pedals have. With tweaking a good tone can be acheived on most amps.
Ease of Use:
The only thing you might want to refer to the manual about is the parametric eq, it works totally different than "sweep" or 'contour' controls on amps and is very sensitive to movement of the knob.
Durability:
hveled and toured with. A friend of mine has toured with his for 8 years and neither of us has had any trouble from this pedal. Like most Boss boxes it is built like a tank.
On 2/8/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
Overall Rating:
Its a great pedal for metal heads, but no one else. The lack of versatility can be a good thing or a bad thing. This pedal is mega-distortion at your fingertips (or toe tips?) and its cheaper than a marshall stack.
Price: $89.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
It has 6 knobs (two stacked) for tonal adjustment. A level knob, a gain knob, and a four band EQ. Their is a small LED that tells you whether its on or off, and it comes in a standard boss casing.
Sound Quality:
This pedal serves one purpose only; raw, driving metal. The tone is brutal, and can make a squier practice amp sound like a marshall. This pedal isn't very versatile at all, but is good at what it does. The gain control serves almost no purpose, because it should always be maxed out. The eq is pretty good too, but the mids always seem cut no matter what the setting.
Ease of Use:
Its a stompbox
Durability:
Ask anyone, Boss pedals are built like tanks. Best reputation for durability out of any other pedal maker.
On 1/19/2000, Leroy Smith (2273) posted:
Overall Rating:
Just like Jason Reich said, for what it does (which is high gain with as much scoop as you want), it's excellent, but no more versatile than that. At least not that I've found yet. I did read a review on Harmony Central where a fella said with some serious tweakin' he was able to get some good not-too-distorted sounds out of it. So go figure. I was getting some awesome lead tones out of it the first night that I used it at a jam. So hard core scooped rythym is not all it does. But like Craig Smoot said, it does have a tendency to muddy things up a bit.
On 11/22/1999, Craig Smoot (906) posted:
Overall Rating:
This may be a cool unit to try and grok (emulate) a "Stack Tone" from a small practice amp, but otherwise it's useless for most distortion lovers. It's tones are too saturated and harsh, and it muddies things up quite nicely no matter where the gain is set (so why even have a gain knob, y'know?). Definitely a candiate unit for "Try before you buy!"
Features:
I too once owned this stomp, and although it has one more tone knob than the DS-1, it doesn't mean that it serves much more of a purpose when you realize how tonally inflexible this unit is. And why they even put a gain knob on it is beyond me.
Sound Quality:
When I first got mine back in the mid-80s as a metal-hungry teen, I thought it was the sh*t. However, it didn't take long for the enchantment to wear off and for the unit to find "early retirment" along with the other stomps I had grown tired of or had bought in haste. The distortion is way too harsh--as Boss puts it; "Metallic-sounding". All I could ever get out of it was a cheesy "Stack-in-the-Box" wannabe tone. Sure, in today's realm of unorthodox, Lo-Fi tones a'la Korn and the like, this pedal might serve one well. But in the practical sense I simply couldn't see a serious gigging musician use one. Maybe a Hard Core punk player perhaps, but even a lot of those cats these days know that "Less is More" when it comes to having a crunchiness that moves more air rather than a super-squashed-super-saturated tone that doesn't.
Ease of Use:
If you can't tweak a 4-knob stomp, then there's something wrong somewhere.
Durability:
Boss has always made tanks that withstood years of abuse, and this one is no different.