Try this - this is a quick thing I recorded the weekend after I got the Archon. Left all the tone knobs around 12:00. All on the dirty channel, a couple different guitars, only amp tweaks were a twist of the presence and depth controls.
Master volume never got as high as 10:00.
And you can always grab ear plugs - I do on most occasions. But when I'm tracking, I use drummer headphones - cut the outside volume down a TON.
Based on your description, I think the Archon would be a pretty good choice.