Today we talk about brutality, violence, compression, precision… It’s time for metal and its most powerful guitar sounds, with 5 of the best effect pedals to obtain the biggest distortions 🤘🤘
The Scandinavian chainsaw!
Boss HM-2w Heavy Metal Distortion
Of course this pedal could not be missing from the list. The BOSS HM-2 (whether we’re talking about the original or this new edition with Waza sauce) is at the origin of the guitar sounds that have defined heavy / black / doom / folk …. metal coming from the North! With its ultra-powerful EQ and sometimes scary amounts of gai, this pedal is adorably nicknamed the chainsaw for good reason! A classic that has become legend!
Revv have made an exceptional entry into the distortion pedal market with this handsome G3, based on the modern distortion channel of their Generator 120 amps. has established itself as the queen of modern distortions on many pedalboards! Ideal in clean amp channels, it also shines as a preamp in an effects loop return!
Kris and Guillaume have been praising it for over a year now on our Thomann’s Guitars & Basses Youtube channel, and not without reason! This veritable Swiss army knife of saturation is extremely versatile, precise in its gain structure, and does not sound like a pedal but truly like a modern tube amp pushed into the fiercest possible saturations.
The tc electronic Dark Matter has nothing left to prove among the impressive amount of scratchers who gave it a chance! Its very reasonable price may suggest that it is an entry-level product, but it is more than competent and offers a splendid quality of distortion without the fuss!
We end on the classic of classics, the distortion that started it all: The Proco Rat. This version 2 is a very faithful reproduction of the legendary circuit which is at the origin of the sounds of David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Matt Bellamy, Metallica, R.E.M., Aerosmith, Nirvana and so on! As the English expression says “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”!