Electro-Harmonix’s most metal pedal yet: the Hell Melter takes the Boss HM-2 circuit to new extremes

Electro-Harmonix Hell Melter distortion pedal
(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

Electro-Harmonix is a brand that appeals to guitarists of all types, but its latest distortion pedal – the Hell Melter – is a two-footed plunge into the metal world.  

Under its fiery surface the circuit is based around Boss’ classic HM-2. The original is sometimes referred to as the ‘chainsaw distortion’, thanks to the buzzsaw-like tone it produced.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.