Walrus Audio Melee review

Ambient distortion or distorted ambience? It’s all here in a single box and controlled with a wiggle stick!

Walrus Audio Melee
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The Melee’s unique blending of dirt and ambience in one pedal is tremendously nutty but really works – it’s perfect for an instant shoegaze experience but well capable of musically valid possibilities for many more genres.


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    Distortion and reverb in one box.

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    Two routing options.

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    Simple but effective control surface.

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    Momentary footswitch functions.


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    Accidentally stepping on the joystick while on stage could be a worry.

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The Walrus Audio Melee: Wall of Noise pretty much describes itself – it offers a tussle of distortion and reverb with a joystick to blend the two, complemented by a straightforward array of a volume knob and three toggle switches. 

The first two provide three variations on tone and reverb decay, while the third switch toggles the effect order from the conventional distortion feeding into the reverb to the more experimental option of creating a distorted reverb trail, truly conjuring up a huge wall of noise. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.