(I'm really going for the polls right now ) Just as I stated in the other poll I created not 10 mins ago, I've been listening to a lot of my metal albums, and have been really listening to the bass tones. One thing I've noticed is a severe lack of distortion in a lot of them. Even in my tweeking of the PDDI I recently got (f***in' love it!), I'm alway drawn back to the same "dark, morbid groan" (written out as "Death" ). The same groan that a lot of my albums seem to have! Now, don't get me wrong, I love od/dist. I even have one "preset" written out (called "War" ) that is a mean low mid growl. But it just doesn't seem to have the same effect on me as "Death" (which is also the name of my bass btw, cus of it's natural, though "hollow", groan). My question(s) to all of you: Is there a place in metal for bass distortion? Is it really needed? Do any of you use od/dist on a regular bassis in a metal context?