Got a CVC Tele with some GFS rail humbuckers and Blues Jr. I want a pedal to get some Metallica and Megadeth sounds, or as least as close as I can with my current rig. My next guitar will help get me there, but name a few budget pedals that will help me out.
FWIW, I am running a GFS Greenie, a Brownie, and Digitech Screamin' Blues that I am in love with.
Nearly every metal pedal I have ever heard has been terrible.
The classic 80s thrash sound is hot rodded or boosted Marshall, so rather than looking for the Brutal Metalz pedal you are probably better off with a Marshall in a box type pedal that has some grunt to it. Something like the 10 Ton Hammer perhaps?
Whatever you pick, the secret for a tight metal tone is putting a Tubescreamer (or clone) first in the chain, with the the gain at zero and the level at full. It doesn't add hardly anything more in the way of gain or volume, but it tightens the whole thing up. There are many metal producers who never record a metal tone without this.
I'd try all 3 that you have together. The greenie to saturate the brownie and the bass and treble knobs on the screamin blues to eq and refine the overall tone. guitar --> greenie --> brownie --> screamin blues --> amp. You may not have to buy anything.
IMO the HM2 is junk, but if you did wanna go that route they are pretty collectable and therefore expensive now. Behringer make a clone of it that is supposed to be pretty similar for peanut price. Hope that helps
If you are looking for something with a bit more versatility, I would look into Scott Ian's signature Digitech, the Black-13. Its loaded with his signature tones from a wide selection of albums. They all sounds great and you can use them with an amp or direct. I keep one around for when the odd metal moment arises!
You should also find out which Pickups your favorite players are using in the studio on the songs (you feel) have the best tonal quality. A good pickup will solve many tone issues as well.
...my tone quest will never end, only evolve...
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