One of the more annoying drawbacks of high gain overdrive, furious fuzz and dastardly distortions is the unwanted noise you get between notes. Sure you can mute the strings and roll off your volume, but if the pedal is merrily humming away to itself when you command complete silence that just aint gonna do it. Especially if staccato metal riffage is your lifeblood. Its no surprise that metalhead Danny Spitz from Anthrax has adopted the Decimator to be an integral component in his pedal set-up. Mr Metal Stop-Start himself described the Decimator as, "flawless auto-gating. Simply a miracle product. We thought wed try the Decimator at the end of a chain of our trio of gainsome goodies from Danelectro (reviewed on page 136 of this issue) to give it a fair test.