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If you're looking at a Left Hand Wrath you already know about the HM-2. There are loads of videos and recordings you can reference showcasing the iconic tone the original Boss HM-2 can provide. The LHW crushes the HM-2. Set side by side with not only an original Japanese HM-2 but various other HM-2 clones, there is one stand out; the Left Hand Wrath. It's beyond a clone as it stands on it's own. Put it through your high gain section of your amplifier and watch the destruction unfold in front of you. The only thing that can rival it is it's bigger brother, the LHW Deluxe. You don't even have to take my word for it, go watch the videos on Youtube, it's proven superior.
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In the world of guitars and guitarists there are pedals that have changed the game so to speak and have become legend. Pedals like the Klon Centaur, the Big Muff, Fuzz Face, and the Tube Screamer. But in the world of metal music, Boss' HM-2 has become legendary through the years and became the standard for metal guitarists along with the ProCo Rat in the world of distortion boxes. Fast forward to just a couple of years ago, when Joe Anastasio at Lone Wolf Audio basically figured out a way to not only improve the HM-2 model, but he blew the original out of the water. Basically the Left Hand Wrath is a modernized version of the famous HM-2. The Lone Wolf Audio site explains:
"The midrange has been decoupled from the high control, and an added presence control has been added a heavier mode is on the 2nd footswitch.
Also added has been a 3 way clipping toggle featuring vintage Japanese diodes used in the MIJ HM2, no clipping, and a hybrid pair of vintage germanium diodes for a softer yet still aggressive tone."
So if you have used or owe your metal tone to the HM-2, you owe it to yourself and your ears to grab a Left Hand Wrath. It'll take you into a whole new world of metal, ripping crazy riffs, and blowing the other metal guitarists off the stage.