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Tomas Haake

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Tomas Haake (born July 13, 1971) is the drummer for the technical metal band Meshuggah.

Haake is noted for his technical abilities, as his drumming style is characterized by heavy use of polyrhythms while often maintaining a steady 4/4 beat. This signature style has become one of the most recognized features in the music of Meshuggah.

Haake also writes the majority of Meshuggah lyrics and also contributes spoken vocals on several songs (“The Exquisite Machinery of Torture” on the album Chaosphere, “Spasm” on the album Nothing, as well as on several chapters on the album Catch Thirty-Three).

The drumset Tomas Haake uses has been meticulously sampled in full for the software instrument Drumkit From Hell Superior made by Toontrack, with Haake performing all the hits himself. It since has been used by many bands, including fellow metal act Clawfinger and Devin Townsend’s Ziltoid the Omniscient. Meshuggah later went on to use this software instrument to program all the drum tracks for their album Catch Thirty-Three, and the re-release of their album Nothing, using no live recorded drums by Haake.

Haake is also featured on vocals in Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal’s solo album Sol Niger Within.

Equipment:

* SONOR Drums
* Vic Firth Sticks
* Sabian Cymbals
* Evans Drumheads
* Axis Drumpedals
* Pearl Eliminator Hi Hat stands
* Drumkit From Hell Superior

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