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MONOLORD’s Thomas V. Jäger Talks about the FZ-2 Pedal

Text: Thomas V. Jäger 

When we started Monolord, I tried the fuzz pedals I had at home to find something that sounded as evil as the sounds I had in my head. None of them was what I had in mind. The first version of the song “Empress Rising” is recorded with a Big Muff, I think. It sounded alright, but not what I wanted. I bought a Boss Hyper Fuzz FZ-2 on ebay because I read a lot about it. I knew that Electric Wizard used one of those when they recorded Dopethrone and I thought I could tweak it to a sound that I wanted, because the guitar sound on that record is nasty. I got it a few weeks later, plugged it in and an immediate smile appeared in my face. The intention was not to sound like Electric Wizard, it was to get something that sounded almost bad, but tweak it to something Iliked. Running it through my Orange amps and cabs is pure gold to me.


The one hour live stream I just did on @easyriderrecord’s Facebook page compressed down to 1 minute. #monolord #ridingeasyrecords

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It can be a bit hard to handle if you don’t know how it works, though. Sometimes when we fly in to gigs and use the rented backline (which often is Marshall), I have to turn the treble down to 0 because it has some nasty high end. The Orange amps are a bit warmer and work better with the pedal. But I have worked a lot with my sound to make it sound good.

Monolord’s new album RUST is out Sept. 29th, 2017

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***Is it the FZ-2, or is it the Magic Slippers?


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#magicslippers #goneriffing #flyingv

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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  1. Dan Gillange

    September 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I recently acquired one of those in a milk crate of cables and random crap from my old bands practice spot. No one laid claim to owning it. Funny how that happens.

    I never got any sounds I liked from it, but I never thought to preload a dirty channel with it. Haven’t gotten to use it outside home on a proper amp.

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