Empress Effects introduced the Heavy Menace distortion pedal. It is their most versatile distortion pedal, ever. Get any high-gain tone from crunch to crushing, with advanced EQ and gaiting for total control over sound and silence.
The Heavy Menace is the most versatile distortion pedal we’ve ever created. It’s an evolution of our original Heavy with new features and a compact enclosure. In addition to the original Heavy and Heavier modes, the Heavy Menace adds a new Lite(ish) mode, covering any high-gain sound from classic hard rock to searing modern metal.
- Three versatile distortion modes – Light(ish), Heavy, and Heavier
- Footswitchable noise gate
- Three-band EQ with sweepable mid frequency
- Weight control to sculpt low frequency response
- Linked or independent switching of the distortion and gate
- Gate key input (1/8” TS or TRS)
- True bypass or buffered bypass
- All-analog signal path
We’re obsessed with EQ, and the 3-band circuit on Heavy Menace is one of our best.
Our Weight control adjusts a high-pass filter in the distortion circuit to shape low-end character. Turn it up for a thick, full sound, or turn counterclockwise for a tight response that’s perfect for palm muting and extended-range guitars.
Midrange is a key element of a great distorted sound, so the mid frequency is sweepable from 200 Hz to 2.5 kHz to dial in the sweet spot for your guitar and amp. Scoop for a tight, aggressive sound, or push to add definition and cut through a mix.
True Or Buffered Bypass
The Heavy Menace offers both tru bypass for maximum transparency, and buffered bypass to protect against signal loss over long cable runs.
Players loved the gate on the original Heavy. Envelope followers in the circuit respond to your playing, letting sustained notes decay naturally but clamping down quickly during fast stops.
On the Heavy Menace, this gate is now footswitchable, with two available modes of operation. In normal bypass mode, the gate doesn’t affect the signal if the distortion is off, while independent bypass mode is like having separate distortion and gate pedals.
We’ve also added a key input so you can operationally trigger the gate with an external signal. This is particularly useful if you have added additional pedals before the Heavy Menace in your signal chain, such as a low-gain pedal for stacking. Split a clean signal with a pedal like our Buffer+ and connect it to the Gate Key Input, and the gate will behave consistently regardless of changes at the main input.
The Heavy Menace Pedal is priced at $249.99 USD.