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

The first taste of the pedal's custom mode was revealed.

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.

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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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