12 best amps for heavy metal
It's been a couple of years since we last asked you all to tell us, from the bottom of your black hearts, about your favourite amplifiers for making the infernal devil's music that is heavy metal.
As you'd expect, there have been a lot of changes since 2010. This year's top 12 is a very different line-up, with newcomers aplenty. As for the winner... well, we'll let you discover what this is for yourself.
Scroll through to find out which amps won a spot on the list: these are the heaviest, most bowel-crunching models your money can buy
A 100 watt beast, the Diezel Hagen boasts four channels - clean, crunch, mega and lead - four individual preamps and a whole world of heavy hurt for any soul brave enough to push it to the extremes.
Orange Thunderverb 200
Orange Dark Terror
Apparently, Uberschall means supersonic in German, and that's exactly how fast you'll be blown out of the nearest window if you decide to push this meanest of heavy rock amps to its limit.
Available in two configurations - the standard Uberschall, with clean and super high gain channels, and the Twin Jet, with semi-clean to hot rod gain and super high gain channels - according to Bogner, this is an amp which will "seek you out, relentlessly, while you sleep, in this life and the next." Scary stuff.
Blackstar Series 1 S1-200
EVH 5150 III
Proudly built by those heavy rocking folks at Laney, the Ironheart comes roaring out of the heart of the Black Country looking for a fight.
Three channels and a Watts control which allows you to crush the output of the amplifier and achieve high-gain metal tones at volumes more acceptable to a suburban bedroom than, say, Wembley Arena, there's plenty to enjoy here.
Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier EDIT
This year's winner, with an eardrum smashing 22.83% of the vote, is the mighty Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifier.
It's not hard to see why hundreds of you voted for Mesa/Boogie's latest Rectifier. Three channels, 150 watts, and enough raw attitude to take down a rhino, the Triple Rectifier is the latest iteration of Mesa/Boogie's defining high-gain sound. It's not clean, it's not polite, and it most certainly does bite - which is exactly why you've voted it the perfect heavy metal amp.