Video: Death By Audio's Exploding Head Brings Sonic Mayhem

Back in 2009, A Place To Bury Strangers released their first major label album, Exploding Head. Recorded at Death By Audio studios in New York, the record was lauded for its shoegaze-inspired layers of sound. Now, in celebration of the record's 13th birthday, that sound has been recreated in a single, aptly named effect: the Death By Audio Exploding Head.

The brand describes the otherworldly pedal as a "triple delay dream maker/destroyer system in an ultra-small footprint." It features three delay circuits connected in series, all with their own individual controls over delay parameters like multi-tap echoes, feedback, noise, slapback, swells, and more.

Death By Audio Exploding Head pedal

The Exploding Head also features a stereo output section, so players using a TRS cable can achieve a wide stereo spread of the trio of delays. Here's a breakdown of the control layout:

  • TIME: Controls the time of each delay, from ~10ms to ~600ms.
  • FBACK: Controls the number of repeats for each delay. Different amounts of feedback for each delay section can lead to new rhythmic patterns of repeats.
  • BLEND: Controls the volume of each delay section. At maximum, the repeats will be louder than the clean signal.
  • INFINITY SWITCH: Momentarily feeds the output of the third delay to the first delay, creating a multi-delay feedback network around the individual delays. The first (BLACK) Blend knob controls the volume of this feedback.

These pedals will be limited to just 500 units, and each will come with a 13th anniversary double LP of A Place To Bury Strangers' Exploding Head, digitally remastered by Oliver Ackermann and pressed on clear vinyl.

UPDATE: The first run of the Exploding Head is now sold out. Follow The Official A Place to Bury Strangers Reverb Shop to be notified when more pedals are available.

"This article is part of a paid partnership with Death By Audio. From time to time, Reverb partners with trusted brands and manufacturers to highlight some of our favorite products we think our community will love."
comments powered by Disqus

Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

Carbon-Offset Shipping

Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

Oops, looks like you forgot something. Please check the fields highlighted in red.