I have tried and tested so many different distortion pedals with my rig (Vox AC30C2 and Fender Telecaster), but could never really find one that sounded transparent enough and not alter the base tone of my rig. That is until I bought the Suhr Riot Reloaded! I had tried the original Suhr Riot and liked it, but the Reloaded is a massive step into modern rock territory and that's what I was really after. I am playing modern alt rock such as Biffy Clyro, Muse, Lower Than Atlantis etc, and as well as having loads of gain on tap, it is voiced just in the right range to sit well in a band mix, and is very quiet in operation. I mainly use the pedal in the middle position for a nice full sound, but also like the other 2 modes for different things. Putting my AC30 through a 4x12 with V30's and there's all the bottom end and power you could need! Awesome!
The sound and level of distortion are very similar to my ENGL tube amp - which i love.
I bought this pedal not really knowing how it would sound "in the flesh", but Pete Thorn did an excellent review of both the 'RIOT' and the 'SHIVA' on Youtube and i've also heard Guthrie Govan take it through its paces, so that was good enough for me!