I've been a long-time user of tube amps myself, however when it comes to recording metal guitars, tube amps do get loud pretty often. And believe me, the last thing you want happening during your studio session is police officers knocking on your door ordering you to shut down your recording session. Either that, or it's $1300 for a Two Notes Torpedo Live.
Well, to you fine ladies and gents, I recommend to you the Ignite Amps TPA-1. It's a power amp plugin that will bring back the Depth, Presence, Volume and power tube bias controls ALL IN YOUR HANDS! Combine this with awesome-sounding cabinet IR's and you're good to go. Your neighbours are happy, and you STILL get to use the tube amp sound with a hybrid setup of tube preamp and software-based power amp with cabinet IRs.
This plugin LIVES in my clean tones all over the covers I've done on YouTube lately. Thanks to the realistic tube bias controls, this plugin gave back life to my clean tones as well as leads that utilise loads of delay and reverb. Before this, I was struggling to get good tones out of digital modellers like a Boss GT-100, but now? For the low-low price of absolutely nothing, I don't even regret a single piece of thought of grabbing this plugin.
If you don't have a hardware attenuator or loadbox for your tube amp already, GRAB THIS! I highly recommend this plugin, 5 out of 5 stars.