Basic Background Info

Birth: July 12, 1971
Location: Unknown
Band: Meshuggah
Genres: Metal, Rock, Death Metal, Experimental, Math Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


Tomas Haake is best known for performing with Swedish metal band Meshuggah. The band’s defining approach to odd, permutable, and cyclic patterns over a straight 4/4 signature is the perfect venue for Tomas Haake’s exceptionally technical playing.

Even alone, Tomas Haake's playing is full of polyrhythms backed by a constant 4/4 beat. Tomas Haake arranges his cymbals in stack figures, eliciting unique sounds from them individually and as groups. Now, his characteristic sound is the backbone of Meshuggah. In addition to providing the rhythmic backbone for the band, Tomas also writes most of their lyrics and frequently provides vocals.

A software instrument called DrumKit From Hell Superior samples Tomas’s kit extensively and showcases his full range. Tomas Haake actually performed all the hits himself. The software is widely employed—Clawfinger, Ziltoid the Omniscient, and Meshuggah have all used it. When Meshuggah used it to program the tracks for Catch Thirty-Three, Tomas didn’t record a single live track for the album.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1994 None Meshuggah
1997 True Human Design Meshuggah
1998 Chaosphere Meshuggah
1999 Sol Niger Within, Version 3.33 Fredrik Thordendalís Special Defects
2000 Power from the North: Sweden Rocks the Rock Various Artists
2003 Zeros and Heroes Clawfinger
2004 I Meshuggah
2005 Catch Thirty-Three Meshuggah
2006 Nothing Meshuggah
2006 Zeros and Heroes/A Whole Lot of Nothing Clawfinger
2008 Obzen Meshuggah
2010 Alive Meshuggah
2012 Koloss Meshuggah


  • Tomas suffers from a shoulder impingement. He performs daily excercises to strengthen the rotator cuff and muscles around his shoulder.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Sonor
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Sonor, Pearl
Heads: Evans
Percussion: Axis
Sticks: Vic Firth

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