Last week I brought up the MXR Fullbore Metal Distortion, but today I thought I’d bring up the ZVex Box of Metal. This is another high gain distortion pedal with noise gate built in specially designed for “metal”. Metal isn’t my thang, but I know a lot of people would eat this pedal up in a heartbeat!
Here is the official ZVex description:
The ZVex Box of Metal is an aggressive high-gain distortion pedal with a highly effective built-in switchable gate which dramatically reduces noise and unwanted feedback. Its gain and tonal characteristics are somewhat similar to high-gain tube amplifiers that have been the staple of hard rock and metal sounds since the 80’s. On the right, the guitar effects pedal has a true-bypass switch with an indicator LED to bypass the entire effect. On the left is a gate switch, that is only effective when the pedal is on (the gate cannot be used separately.) When the gate’s LED (on the left side of the pedal) is on, the gate will be active whenever the pedal is turned on. The gate is very useful for cleaning up any noise between palm-muted chords and lead phrases, but may be switched off to initiate feedback or to stretch out soloed notes that are fading into noise. Switching off and on the gate is silent so the gating action of the distortion pedal can instantly be changed during any part of the performance to fluidly integrate soloing and palm-muted chords.
I found a cool little video (by bigcitymusic) showing what it can do:
I thought that was a little too short, so I found another by MusicPlayerNetwork:
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