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
Used on his solo album *About Face* and Pink Floyd's *A Momentary Lapse of Reason*. In a 1984 issue of *Guitar Player Magazine*, Gilmour said the following of his sound: "At the moment, the sound that I'm using a lot of the time is going through a Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal to a Boogie amplifier to a [MXR] DDL and then on into a regular Fender amplifier....I use a DDL on it...because I find it stops the fuzz box from from sounding like a fuzz box. It smoothes off the unpleasant, raw frequencies that you get from the fuzz box. Then you get a nice sort of sound.”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
On the floor that's what appears to be a BOSS HM-2 (the only pedal around with that design at the time). Bolt Thrower seemingly never used one on guitar (surely not in the early days, at least), so it should be what Jo Bench used. It could have been a rehearsal or such, but still, that's proof she used it at least once.more
BOSS HM-2 guitar pedal to the max to bring some Sunlight! I’ve been playing now two years in Insomnium and we’ve had one (1) rehearsals and we had three (3) rehearsals with OG before going to studio to record ”Beyond”. It’s mostly that in OG i wrote and demo record the music ready at my home studio and send it to the other guys to polish, arrange and rehearse ready at home. Old men livin’ too far away from each other without too much spare time, that’s the reason for this.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.
If you know, then you know. Get a crunchy amp, plug this in, and dime the high knob to understand if you don't. Or just throw caution to the wind and put every knob on ten and be shocked when you somehow still punch through a mix.
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.