EHX expands on the evil architecture of the Boss HM-2.

Excellent high-gain sounds. Much more versatile than you might expect. Flexible control set.

Extra controls can make some fundamental tones harder to find.


Electro-Harmonix Hell Melter


The manual for Electro-Harmonix’s Hell Melter proclaims that “a good starting point is to turn all knobs … to their maximum positions and play the heaviest riff you’ve got.” That bit of instruction, and the pedal’s semi-satanic $176.66 price tag, should give you a hint about what the Hell Melter is designed to do. But underneath all that underworld-oriented swagger is a pedal that—like the Boss HM-2 that inspired it—covers more sonic ground than you’d expect.

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