I was wondering what pedal I could use to give me a boost while playing soloes in a band suituation. The amp that Im using is solid-state.
Even with a SS amp, an overdrive will give you a good boost for solos. Something like a Boss SD1 is cheap and efficient at providing a solo boost. Just crank the level and ad a little bit of gain (but not much), and it should work fine.
Would that be good for metal?
I use one with my Traynor YCV50 Blue, and it gives a nice boost. Adds gain, tightens and compresses my tone too. I go from a vintage Marshall-y tone, to a tight, high-gain shred tone using the pedal. I think it will suite you fine. Although, it doesn't add a lot of volume to a lead channel.