Best amps for metal 2024: our top picks for high-gain heroes

Most amps are fine for rock, blues, or pop, but not all amps can handle the particular requirements of metal. As the heartbeat of any great heavy guitar tone, a great metal amp gives you the perfect platform for tight thrash-style down picking, drop-tuned djent riffs, or those low and slow doom-laden power chord chugs. Sound like your kind of party? Then you'll need one of the best amps for metal on your backline.


PRS MT 15 Mark Tremonti | Tube head | 15W, switchable to 7W | 2-channel
The MT 15 Mark Tremonti is a lunchbox amp powered by two 6L6 output tubes and six 12AX7 preamp tubes. The MT 15 features five gain stages before the Master for full, lush distortion. While the MT 15 was designed with heavier players, it can do a range of tones.
Guitar World Score: 4.5/5

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Peavey Invective MH Mini | Tube head | 20W | 2-channel
Designed in conjunction with Misha Mansoor of Periphery, the Peave Invective MH Mini takes all the glorious tone of the excellent Invective 120 head and brings the power down to more manageable levels. If you’re a fan of the 6505 sound then you’ll love this.
Guitar World Score: 5/5

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Revv G20 | Tube head | 20W switchable to 4W | 2-channel
When it comes to high-gain tone for the discerning player, Revv has certainly got its foot on the G.A.S. The G20 not only packs Revv’s signature harmonically-rich Purple Channel gain into a mid-size lunchbox format but it’s full of features too.
Guitar World Score: 4.5/5

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EVH 5150III LBX | Tube head | 15W switchable to 4W | 2-channel
The EVH 5150III LBX is the shrunken-down, lunchbox version of the beautifully excessive 50-watt 5150 – and with everyone looking to shrink their rigs for the sake of convenience, this small amp head could be just what the modern metal guitarist needs.
Guitar World Score: 4.5/5

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Line 6 Catalyst 100 | Modeling amp | 100W | 2-channel
Line 6’ Catalyst series puts its Helix-level, HX tones and effects into a trio of combos. Six original amp designs built on Helix technology, 18 effects spanning modulation, delay, and pitch, plus a dedicated reverb section containing six ’verbs make it very versatile.
Guitar World Score: 4.5/5

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.

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