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SWEDISH DEATH METAL GUITAR TONE

October 30, 2019


Yo! Have you ever heard about something called Swedish Death Metal? You probably have and sometimes you may even have heard about a thing called Gothenburg Melodic Meath Metal And maybe even Stockholm Raw Death Metal. Okay, so a quick little lesson on Sweden for you noobs The capital of Sweden is Stockholm Stockholm is placed on the eastern side of the country and Gothenburg is placed on the west side Some refer it to the Swedish front side, but since I’m from Stockholm I refer it to being … the Asshole of Sweden. It’s a joke, don’t get offended But it’s true. You get to point: 2 different cities, 2 different styles of Death Metal. The Gothenburg sound is what people refer to as the Swedish Melodic Death Metal with bands like In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity … … bands like that. Stockholm had a more raw Death Metal sound, with bands like Entombed, Dismember, Nihilist … and yeah, a bunch of them. So, many of these awesome Death Metal bands, that have influenced a lot of other bands to come had one thing in common This. This is the Boss HM2 pedal a classic pedal that is the main ingredient for the typical Swedish Death Metal guitar tone And okay, you might ask “Ola, show us your best settings for the Boss HM2” And I’m like: “Okay, here you go, buddy” Max it all out, like this. “But shouldn’t I back down the gain huh … ” NO. Stop that shit. Everything on max, okay? That’s all you need to do and just plug it in to any guitar amp that has a clean channel And today I’m very excited, because I have a new amp to try out as well It’s a Marshall Valvestate, It’s an old classic amplifier, and it has a clean channel So, let’s try out this Boss Heavy Metal 2 into the Valvestate clean channel and see how it sounds. All the settings maxed out, okay? Very important. Also very important is to have a sip of coffee Think about life … Nah, I don’t have a life. My life is YouTube. So, for this demo. I’m using a Solar A2.6 guitar For that I also need a cable, to hook it up. And if you’re wondering: “Haha, where is the volume knob, Ola, you stupid son of a bitch?” I have no idea, to be honest. it’s gone. I took it off and now I can’t find it anymore, so there’s no volume knob on this guitar. And capturing all this beautiful awesomeness is this Beyer Dynamic m160 microphone that’s micing my Hesu212 cabinet with Demon Speakers in it, okay? So *BURP* And since we’re talking about Swedish Death Metal, maybe I should make the rest of this demo in Swedish. Okay? That’s just f***ing awesome. I love that eller … på svenska. Yeah, definitely gives, like, immediately that old Dismember and Entombed sound Entombed was like one of the … Like, the first main Death Metal band that I listened to back in the 90s You know, Left Hand Path is an awesome album if you like the HM2 sound but I think my favorite album was Wolverine Blues or “Woolverine Blues”, I don’t know how you say that. Tell me in the comment section. Is it “Volvo-rine” or is it “Vulva-rine”? Who cares. Wolverine blues was my favorite album of Entombed back in the day And yeah, it’s just, you know, It’s a killer f***ing band to be honest. Check them out. If you have not heard about Entombed, you need to … you need to … you need to … educate yourself, okay? I mean, it’s just a lot of fun and the cool thing is that you can have the cheapest amplifier ever but it will still sound like this because this pal is just generating this sound and it’s unmistakeably a very unique type of sound And it’s like, for me personally, I love this type of sound, because it just brings back all the memories of all these old old-school Death Metal bands. I think a more recent band that are using the HM2 it’s the band Bloodbath and also The Resistance, with Marco, who also sings at The Haunted. They used the HM2 for their album So yeah, it’s f***ing killer Remember: do not touch the settings, max out, at all times, okay? This just makes me very happy! Let’s hydrate for a little bit. Okay, let’s try the overdrive channel and see how that sounds. Okay, just a little bit of gain, let’s see how it reacts now. Yes! Damn, I mean this is … This is awesome. I’m having a good time, you guys. This is what I love about making demos when you kind of like get a really cool groove going, you even get like … you can see all the riffs I’m playing around, it’s like really … Yeah, really inspiring. Maybe I’ll make a song out of this, I have no idea. We’ll just see. So … So, a band obviously that used the HM2 was At The Gates I think they also used a Metal Zone as well So they used an HM2 and a Boss Metal Zone to get that At The Gates Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal sound So, let’s try it out see if I can replicate it. I think that’s too much gain. Obviously I’m in drop now, so I can’t play the song. Okay, maybe I need to bring my seven string. Awww shit. ♫ My neighbors will love me, my neighbors will love me, but I love you, too ♫ F***ing hell man That’s … let’s try the At The Gates sound. Sorry I do not know this song, exactly how it went, but yeah that was a lot of fun. I think that was a little bit too extreme Compared to the sound on the Slaughter Of The Soul album Alright. Shit, that was a lot of fun, damn it. So there you have it: if you want to replicate a lot of the Swedish Death Metal tone, this is where it starts It basically f**** up your tone in a great way and makes it so grindy and unpleasant to listen to that you cannot do anything, but just love it, you know? If you dig this video, please subscribe to my channel for more. Check the description of this video as well if you want links for the stuff I’m using. These are not being made anymore, but there are replicas like this. I’ll throw up a link up there, you’ll see it and blahblahblah Okay, alright. Thank you so much. See you next time

100 Comments

  • Reply Noah Harned August 28, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I cannot be the only person who think this tone sounds like ass. Yes I get it… its heavy and nasty and raw, but it also sounds like ass.

  • Reply MilkOperator August 29, 2019 at 12:16 am

    WOOL (as in lamb's wool) verine

  • Reply luax August 30, 2019 at 3:19 am

    1 minute in and i get it, this is a diss video(?)

  • Reply Mick Eldorado August 30, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Hell awesome tones from those Swedish bands, Dismember is one of the most powerful death bands of all time…. SKIN FATHER🤘🤘

  • Reply Daz Firth September 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

    And the new BOSS GT-1000 does the HM2 tone just as good as the pedal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W94PoAGdaY

  • Reply Sgt Bill September 1, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Love watching pros prove that they are human

  • Reply Адольф Миллер September 3, 2019 at 6:47 am

    0:17–0:23 name?

  • Reply magicsinglez September 4, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    What the hell is wrong with the brains of those in Sweden?

  • Reply InuranusBrokoff September 6, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I left at noob.

  • Reply Vlad’s Dad September 7, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Why does my hm2 sound so bad

  • Reply Ron Nohre September 7, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Wow amazing. Blast from the past here. I remember listening to Wolverine Blues way back in the day, and I remember reading an interview in a magazine and the guitar player was talking about a Boss pedal they used and just cranked all the knobs up to get that sound. Such an amazing tone, and At the Gates Slaughter of the Soul was and still is one of my all time favorite albums and guitar sounds. Cant believe it came from this shitty old Boss pedal.

  • Reply viggo cool 2 September 7, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Jag bor i Sverige

  • Reply Shanji Thrall September 7, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    leif cuzner was in nihilist and he told me back in the days it was his pedal and every band in sweden was stealing it from one another.

  • Reply Filipe Martins September 8, 2019 at 11:24 am

    He forgot to mention that in the Euro coin, Sweden looks like a dick!! hahah 😀 (P.S. I absolutely LOVE SWEDEN, even did my own record with Fred Nordstrom in Gothenburg! Really good people, funny sense of humour haha ) 😀

  • Reply metalwarriorwoman September 9, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Yeah happy sound 😍😀😍😀😍😀😍😀😍😃

  • Reply J P September 10, 2019 at 6:20 am

    How to make anything sound good:

    Step 1: Be Ola Englund

  • Reply Mike hanley September 11, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Dam ola that sounds so bad ass man,

  • Reply theicedevil September 12, 2019 at 10:42 am

    This is how you pronounce Wolverine in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eByBbVIT74

  • Reply RJC 72 September 13, 2019 at 2:39 am

    So what can we use now that the HM-2 is no longer in production?

  • Reply Donnet Montanez September 13, 2019 at 4:07 am

    3:46

  • Reply FUCKMEHARDERPASHETTE 1166 September 13, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Ehehe, you're joking, aren't you? 😲

  • Reply Shane Maidens September 13, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Wool-ver-reen

  • Reply iburry September 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I used to hate the HM-2. Flat and muddy sounding. Don't think I ever tried turning all the knobs to 11 though.

  • Reply Keeper of the Bones Sean September 14, 2019 at 2:25 am

    That Boss Heavy Metal 2 pedal is one of my all time favorite effects.

  • Reply Flatulent Starfish September 14, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    That At The Gates tone is just glorious

  • Reply 1349 September 14, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Ola… you should stop playing death metal and transfer that energy into rescuing your country…'cause in a couple of years, death metal or not, it won't be Swedish….

  • Reply Iron Throne September 15, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Use different riffs!

  • Reply buzzcrushtrendkill September 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Vulva-ur-in

  • Reply Gipsy Avenger September 15, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    FALL OUT-  Nice shirt.

  • Reply Julian Give'er September 16, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Hey loser! Your channel sucks

  • Reply david morison September 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

    To.noisy cant tell what he is playing

  • Reply david morison September 16, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Just a wall.of noise

  • Reply Shoegaze forever September 17, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    What type of chords sound best with the HM-2?
    I am an old Alt-Rocker who is the proud owner of a MIJ HM-2 (and no, I am NOT selling it). Is there any significant difference between the MIJ and the MIT HM-2?

  • Reply SkyNETTestGames September 17, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Boss metal zone – grind core 😀

  • Reply Smex September 17, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Педаль Хеви метал-2 зе бест! =) На все времена! =)

  • Reply drumurrrgh September 17, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    In a world of neutered, compressed, gated, hyper refined guitar tones. Be a maxed out HM-2.

  • Reply Ulf Knudsen September 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Ööö din 08, götet…rövhål?
    Skall fan mula dig din soyboy.

    Skojja bah…eller?

    Muhahaha.

  • Reply DainBramaged 4Lyf September 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Good crunchin'.

  • Reply 666Mrnecrobutcher September 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    sweden… is fucking finished 🙂

  • Reply Nicky Scarfo September 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    i love my new SOLAR….

  • Reply Dantes Cristo September 17, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry bro but if At the gates is the butthole of Sweden then gimme some of dat ass

  • Reply John Olson September 17, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Why does this guy look exactly like every portayal of Jesus I saw while I went to Catholic school?

  • Reply DERICKBLAIR4 September 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    volume should always be at 10, why need a volume knob?

  • Reply Ky5 September 18, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Have you guitar tone also for islamic swedestan?

  • Reply Galiga Piya September 18, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    is it possible that i don't use an amp and a mic but virtual amps? would it still sound ok?

  • Reply Daniel Beliles September 19, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I liked and subscribed as soon as you said

    You stupid son of a b***h

  • Reply Champ9115 September 19, 2019 at 11:49 am

    То чувство когда играешь на уровне ученика приходится обзирать говно-примочки

  • Reply Graveyard Bats September 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Are you micing the amp for recording? Or just mic in the room for the camera?

  • Reply Nathan Cloud September 20, 2019 at 12:58 am

    I love that piece of shot pedal. Its like And Justice for all…..cancel that bass guitar out.

  • Reply Nathan Cloud September 20, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Bad ass amp!!!! Solid State is the best. Just ask Dime!!!!

  • Reply Nathan Cloud September 20, 2019 at 1:01 am

    That tone is shades of being piss drunk on Natural Ice. Hail 1994

  • Reply егорий кшенёв September 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Ах вот они какие голубоглазые викинги)) обожаю таких))

  • Reply Sean Panigel September 20, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    To me it's sounds like absolute horse shit.

  • Reply thejesterrace 1184 September 21, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Did Dark Tranquil ever use the HM2 tho

  • Reply thatbrown nerd September 21, 2019 at 9:54 am

    2:30 vodka

  • Reply Unedited September 21, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Let’s see how it reacts now….

    YES! 🤣🤣🤘🏻

  • Reply trendshoxx September 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    LUUUUUV that sound. Dismember did gave once an interview and they where asked how they got the sound? They said: Max'em out all. And now i see and hear that VID. 😛 Love Entombed (ad) and love Dismeber (why the gave up?)

  • Reply Maksim Vekhov September 22, 2019 at 9:59 am

    #UKRAINE #KHARKIV #METAL #Warxul ДЯКУЮ! дуже не погано

  • Reply Peter Joseph Williams September 23, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Best traditional heavy metal: UKBest thrash metal: USABest death metal: USA/SwedenBest power metal: Germany/FinlandBest black metal: Norway

  • Reply Jaxon Bryks September 23, 2019 at 2:40 am

    0:20 what song is that riff from ?

  • Reply Lutec Ludwig September 23, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Remove your right armrest from your chair. Thank me later

  • Reply Kratos21 H L September 24, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Fuckin' hell, I love Swedish Metal w/

  • Reply rafael gonçalves September 24, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Disfear, beton…

  • Reply SzopRaccoon September 26, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Do the bois from Boss realize how much money they would make for a reissue of this beast?

  • Reply Deep Mining September 26, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    On 7string it's.. like a train riding on your ears)

  • Reply Darkavatar October 1, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Damn I have to get my old Dismember albums now…

  • Reply straight2helll October 1, 2019 at 3:26 am

    How long did it take to Chug? Immediately .

  • Reply Brapamaldi October 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    as someone who grew up listening to 'left hand path', 'clandestine', 'pieces', 'like an ever flowing stream' and 'indecent and obscene' this just took me back almost 30 years, haha.

  • Reply Mister Simonas October 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    3:09 Hahaha

  • Reply Ricardo Comerlato October 4, 2019 at 1:14 am

    fck good

  • Reply Lorenz Reyes October 4, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Ola its VULVA RINE blues…

  • Reply mightypen1 October 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

    You are my spirit animal.

  • Reply Skellital Disasembly October 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Swedish grindcore= everything at max

  • Reply Dave October 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    gonna go straight ahead and presume this pedal is the only pedal that Nails use…

  • Reply Gabriel Nunes October 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Ooff..there were times it seemed my headphones had a Rotten Sound you know…

  • Reply r1deftone October 6, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Love the detail description of your signal chain, can you also let us know what tuning you're using on these demos? For those of us who don't have well trained ears. Thanks, love your vids!

  • Reply はな October 7, 2019 at 12:41 am

    It sounds great amplifier.

  • Reply DR corn nipples yohanson October 8, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Abba used this sound on there single lick my filthy date

  • Reply Teuvo Bro October 8, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    9:40 had the best sound. And you bastard immediately dismissed it.

  • Reply Noorhakim Mohamed Noor October 9, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Sounds crazier than other ASMR videos.

  • Reply Black Phillip October 10, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Edge of Sanity

  • Reply Leandro Segovia October 13, 2019 at 3:24 am

    What stupid man

  • Reply IBRVEF October 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    3:24

    You speak Swedish but you wrote Spanish

  • Reply Ivan Roso October 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    7:27 damn thats heavy

  • Reply Bo Reed October 17, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    You wer shedding so hard it melted 👍

  • Reply Kristoffer Dénes October 18, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Jag visste inte att du var svenska haha lol😂😂

  • Reply Aaron Black October 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    sound like 10000 ants inside your amp eating the cables

  • Reply robz1980 October 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    1:52 lol🤣

  • Reply Joseph Craig October 20, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    05:07 What song is that riff from?

  • Reply Mr.Marshmall21 October 21, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Woolvureen👍🏻

  • Reply Martin Sundvall October 21, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Maybe anyone can help me out.
    Right after the At The Gates riff just before the 11 minuter mark, he plays something that sounds so familiar. Is it a Bloodbath song maybe? Or just very similar?

    Duuun, du duuu, dun duuuuuuu

    Anyone know?

  • Reply Manny Foxgiven October 22, 2019 at 3:47 am

    ..: but it’s true 👀😂

  • Reply dave ferguson October 24, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Wool-ver-reen! like dat Ola. Ola!

  • Reply pokamolodoy October 25, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Вульверн Блюз….как то так 😀

  • Reply Howdy Doughty October 25, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I own an original HM-2 great pedal. I’m also married to a 2nd generation Swede 😁

  • Reply 1337risotto October 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I consider myself a youtube veteran. I have seen a lot of youtube videos over the years. This is one of the best videos i have seen. It is informative, it is fun, it is iconic, and it is sophisticated on several levels, while also being moronic in a good way. For one second I thought Göteborg was in Denmark, but then i remembered that we (I am danish) suck at making good metal 🙁

  • Reply MikoSquiz October 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    That pedal sounds like you're using a microphone to crush knäckebröd.

  • Reply Skeeter McBeater October 28, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Sounds like shit. Must be why death metal sounds like shit. Also, you mispronounced sweden. It's pronounced syria.

  • Reply María Bianc October 28, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Anyone in the room for My Bloody Valentine? lol

  • Reply Вова Иванов October 30, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Норм.

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