I use this as my practice amp in my college dorm. I was drawn to this amp first for its portable size. It's a 1x8 combo. It also sounds great, and gets a wide range of tones with minimal controls. There is no three band eq, but you can still get a lot of tones. The gain on the clean channel will take you from clean to crunch, and the dirty channel gets into metal territory. Not quite modern death metal per se, but very close, and something more like Sabbath can be done easily. The ISF knob, in my opinion, is more valuable than a three band eq. It really does take you from an American sound to a British one. Finally, this amp sounds like a real tube amp at low volumes, because it is! The low wattage lets you get a real tube sound at low volume levels. However, this thing can get loud when cranked. I have yet to put the volume above 9 0'clock when the gain is cranked. This thing also takes pedals great. Overall, a great practice amp.