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The Dual Dark, as Lead Designer Ade Emsley describes it, is an Orange amp “for guitarists who don’t usually play Orange amps.” The Dual Dark is a completely different beast, both in terms of gain and voicing, from every other amp Orange has ever produced. It’s tighter on the bottom-end and has an almost percussive nature to its attack. And while all Orange amps tend to have massive amounts of distortion, it’s the searing brutality of the dirty channel (Channel B) on the Dual Dark really sets it apart from amps like the Rockerverb MKIII.

There are a lot of similarities between the Dual Dark and our now discontinued Thunderverb series. The Thunderverb 50 and 100 were the first Orange amps to feature attenuators and shape knobs. The attenuator is great for the studio and bedroom practice, since it allows the volume to be decreased without affecting the tone. The shape knob is actually a mid-scoop that takes the player from classic rock all the way through to mind-melting metal. These features, when introduced originally, were received well by Orange enthusiasts so it only made sense to keep them on future models (the Rockerverb MKIII also has an attenuator).

The similarities end when it comes to the voicing of the amps. If the Thunderverb was a true modern Orange amp, and the Rockerverb MKIII a melding of classic and modern tones, then the Dual Dark is the amp that bridges them all together. Channel A on the Dual Dark is extremely versatility, boasting a wide range of tones from Brit-rock to R&B. On this channel it can even be made to sound similar to our flagship AD30 head. But switch over to Channel B, the assumed “dirty channel” for most players, and let the shape knob rocket you into Thunderverb 200 high-gain metal territory (this, for example, is the channel Matt Pike from Sleep prefers).

It’s the Dual Dark’s voicing is what allows for such versatility. By backing off on the “fuzziness” that is inherent in most Orange amps (a desirable trait to most of our fans), Lead Designer Ade Emsley has made the Dual Dark capable of mimicking a wider variety of amp voicings. If other amp companies make “fizzy” sounding amps, and Orange is normally known for “fuzz,” then the Dual Dark occupies that in-between “fizz-fuzz” that makes it so unique.

There’s something for everybody in the Dual Dark series. Here are some examples of Orange Ambassadors from a wide variety of genres that have made the Dual Dark their go-to amps.

Matt Pike – Sleep, High on Fire

The Dual Dark 100 is always the first amp Matt requests on his backline riders. He prefers it above all other current production Orange amps. For him, it’s the gain and the gain alone that he desires. If we could supply him with 50 Dual Dark 100’s per show he’d take it.

Al Cisneros – Sleep

After Matt Pike started using the Dual Dark 100 regularly, Al got in touch and said he was interested in giving it a shot. Al uses a huge stack of bass amps, yes, but he also runs his signal through a guitar half stack to achieve a more grindy, trebly top-end to his tone. The Dual Dark 50 has become his go-to guitar amp since 2017.

Graham WhitfordTyler Bryant and the Shakedown

“It’s one of those amps you can plug straight into without a single pedal and get everything you need. I love it.”

Dave Catching – Eagles of Death Metal

We’ve had EODM’s lead guitarist, the absolutely most awesome dude on earth, Dave Catching, playing the Dual Darks on stage for several years. Coming from a Marshall/Fender background, he like a lot of our Dual Dark Ambassadors was turned on by the fact it doesn’t sound “classically Orange.” Dave also found that the Dual Dark can works wonders in his studio, Rancho De La Luna, with bands ranging from CKY to Kurt Vile.

Pop Evil

Both guitarists Davey Grahs and Nick Fuelling of Pop Evil are playing identical set-ups consisting of Dual Dark and Rockerverb 100 MKIII 100 watt heads. For their stage volume needs it’s the perfect combo. It’s a loud, LOUD rig and between both the Dual Dark and Rockerverb MKIII they’re able to recreate the full spectrum of Orange tones.

“If sounds were a person, the sound Orange produces would be the Dos Equis guy.” – Davey Grahs


Friday the 13th of November 2015, the unthinkable happened. Terrorists attacked Paris and the Bataclan where Eagles of Death Metal were playing a sold out show. 89 people dead, 99 critically injured. An absolutely shocking and disgusting attack on innocent people doing what they love the most, watching, listening to and playing music. Cowards with firearms, going after people with no way of defending themselves. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it, and I cant even begin to imagine the hell they went through.

From bottom-left clockwise: Matt McJunkins (Bassist), Alex Auxier (Orange AR Manager), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Ella Stormark (Orange Blog Contributor), Julian Dorio (Drummer), Eden Galidon (Guitarist), Dave Catching (Guitarist)

From bottom-left clockwise: Matt McJunkins (Bassist), Alex Auxier (Orange AR Manager), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Ella Stormark (Orange Blog Contributor), Julian Dorio (Drummer), Eden Galidon (Guitarist), Dave Catching (Guitarist)

Just a week before, I was lucky enough to meet some of the guys before their London show, so it hit extra close to home. That could have been me, you, anyone we know. We all hear about the war but we don’t expect it to come knocking on our front door.

I wasn’t sure if Eagles of Death Metal would ever return after the shooting, but I knew that if they did, they would come back stronger than ever, like a phoenix from the ashes. Next Tuesday, they’re back in Paris, and I applaud them. It’s the biggest ‘fuck you’ to terrorism I have ever seen, and I’m incredibly happy the terrorist didn’t manage to take music away from them.

They’ve received massive support from the music industry, bands and artists covering their song ‘I Love You All The Time’ with all proceeds going to charity. I too wanted to contribute, and decided to gather some friends and acquaintances to have them do their own take on the song, whether that be a video or a studio recording. A lot of time, love and effort have gone behind these covers you’re about to hear, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.












For these and a few other great covers, you can follow this playlist. Help spread the love, donate to The Sweet Stuff Foundation and play rock ’n’ roll, loud.

Peace, Love & Death Metal.