Tomas Haake

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Tomas Haake
Haake in 2005
Haake in 2005
Background information
Birth nameTomas Haake
Born (1971-07-13) 13 July 1971 (age 50)
Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
GenresProgressive metal, extreme metal, djent, avant-garde metal, groove metal, thrash metal, jazz fusion
InstrumentsDrums, vocals
Years active1987–present
LabelsNuclear Blast
Associated actsMeshuggah

Tomas Haake (born 13 July 1971) is a Swedish musician and the drummer of extreme metal band Meshuggah.

Known for his polymeters and technical ability,[1] Haake was named the fifth best "Modern Metal" drummer by in 2012.[2] In the July 2008 edition of Modern Drummer magazine, Haake was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, as decided upon in the magazine's Readers' Poll.[3] He was also included in 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time list by the Rolling Stone magazine (occupying the 93rd position).[4]

Musical career[edit]

Haake writes the majority of Meshuggah lyrics and also contributes spoken vocals on several songs ("Choirs of Devastation" on the album Contradictions Collapse, "Inside What's Within Behind", "Suffer in Truth", and "Sublevels" on the album Destroy Erase Improve, "Sane", "The Exquisite Machinery of Torture" on the album Chaosphere, "Spasm" on the album Nothing, as well as on several tracks on the album Catch Thirtythree and on the song "Dancers to a Discordant System" from obZen).

Haake also provides spoken vocals on Meshuggah guitarist Fredrik Thordendal's solo album Sol Niger Within and vocals on the song "Futile Bread Machine (Campfire Version)" from The True Human Design.


Haake has cited musicians from heavy metal, jazz fusion and progressive rock as influences. He cites English bands such as Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, American bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament and Metal Church, and Canadian band Rush.[1] His favourite drummers include Phil Rudd (AC/DC), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Vinnie Appice, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Dave Weckl, Sebastian Thomson (Trans AM),[5] Sean Reinert (Cynic),[6] Neil Peart (Rush), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons and Frank Zappa), Vinnie Colaiuta and Gary Husband.[1]


Haakes' drumkit in 2016
    • Snare: (14") Emperor X - top, Snare Side Hazy - bottom
  • Hardware - Sonor, Pearl, Porter & Davies[7]
  • Sticks - Wincent Tomas Haake Signature Drumsticks[7]

Personal life[edit]

Haake is engaged to actress/musician, Jessica Pimentel, singer of heavy metal band Alekhine's Gun, Brujeria and star of Orange Is the New Black, beginning their romantic relationship in 2013.[8]




  1. ^ a b c Hill, Gemma. "Interview with Tomas Haake". Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Top 25 Modern Metal Drummers". MetalSucks. March 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Tomas Haake". Drummerworld. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  4. ^ "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". March 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Louder Sound - Meshuggah's Tomas Haake: The Drummers That Changed My Life".
  6. ^ 1995 Interview with Tomas Haake of Meshuggah Archived 2016-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-06-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Hartmann, Graham. "Meshuggah's Tomas Haake + OITNB's Jessica Pimentel Talk Relationship". Loudwire.

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