Dubbed the Swedish Chainsaw by some of its biggest fans, the Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal is an all out metal distortion onslaught. Used for classic cutting metal guitar tone on more records than you can count, the Boss HM-2 is built like a tank and deli...
According to the lot notes from Bonhams auction house website, Eric Clapton used the Ibanez HD1000 Harmonics/Delay, a DBX 160 compressor, a model SDE-3000 Roland delay, a Dyno-My-Piano Tri Stereo Chorus, a Boss CE-1 chorus, and a Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal for his Bob Bradshaw rack system in the mid to late 1980s.more
Daron got the "black-orange heavy metal effect" (Boss HM-2) with 14 (1989), the editor mentioned Boss MT-2 wasn't even out at that time (release date was 1991). The "well known" fact, that Daron used a MT-2 at one point in his career is not true. Daron still uses the HM-2 at home for tracking new song ideas.more
This trio are some of the most important elements of the live show. Bottom is an Elektron Monomachine; middle is a Behringer keyboard used to trigger sound effects, vocal samples, hits, sweeps and other 'ear candy' the band like to fire off on the fly, and top is the Roland Juno 106, routed through a guitar pedal. "They love that Boss Heavy Metal Distortion. It's kind of the signature sound in 'Chemical Beats'. You bosh that over the 106 and it just sounds filthy — a horrible, dirty, angry thing.”more
If you ever wanted to emulate that grinding. buzzsaw like tone of early Entombed or Dismember (or more recently a band like Hail of Bullets) this is absolutely the distortion pedal for you. Unfortunately most of these pedals are pushing 30 years old now so you have to exercise caution when buying them as they still go for 80-90 dollars on ebay.
I have a vintage Japanese one. The sound is very dark and sometimes flat. If I crank the low end, it completely blankets the mid and high end. So there's a lot of fussing to find even ground to get a usable sound - unless you're looking for that kind of really thick and murky heavy gain. I find this pedal useful for mostly doing solos.