Empress Effects unveils updated Heavy Menace stompbox – its “most versatile distortion pedal ever”

Empress Effects' Heavy Menace pedal
(Image credit: Empress Effects)

Empress Effects has issued an updated version of its popular Heavy stompbox, which the Canadian pedal specialist advertises as its “most versatile distortion pedal ever."

Dubbed the Heavy Menace, the new-for-2023 distortion pedal has been marketed as an evolution of the flagship Heavy unit, offering both an extended feature set and smaller pedalboard footprint.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.