Watch: Ola Englund shares first demo of the Boss HM-2 Waza Craft reissue

Newly revealed is the reissue’s new custom-mode.

Image: Ola Englund via YouTube

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Boss has supplied a prototype of the hotly-anticipated Waza Craft HM-2 pedal to Ola Englund, who demoed it on his YouTube channel yesterday (19 April).

The juiciest detail revealed was that the Waza reissue will offer an additional “Custom Mode” – which delivers yet more gain and bottom-end, and increases definition in the high-mids.

The updated pedal keeps its layout about the same as the original, while also offering an improved noise floor and 3dB of additional volume.

Boss began teasing the arrival of its HM-2 reissue back in November during an episode of its weekly livestream, Talk With Boss.

A first look at the pedal arrived last month (March) in the official Boss HM-2W Facebook group, courtesy of Boss President Yoshi Ikegami himself.

In his post, Ikegami also shared that Boss has faced a bit of a snag with regards to sourcing specific parts for the pedals – thanks to the pandemic – which will result in longer lead times. However, he resolved Boss would do its best to “keep consistency with [the] original HM-2 sound” and deliver the pedals ASAP.

The original HM-2 was released in 1983 and became a cornerstone of the Swedish death metal genre. The pedal is endearingly nicknamed the ‘Swedish Chainsaw’ as its maxed-out settings create a unique and cutting distorted tone. That tone forms the basis of classic albums such as Left Hand Path by Entombed.

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