Check the video below for an informative rundown of the drum set up which Tomas Haake of Meshuggah is currently smashing to pieces on tour. Tomas has always sounded like an absolute monster on any studio or live recordings, obviously a ton of that goes down to the fact that he is a beast of a drummer, but at the same time a lot comes down the the size and amount of drums he uses. The gigantic Swede, obviously quite technically gifted, always manages to take Meshuggah’s groove and odd time signatures and make them even heavier. His use of polyrhythms of which he has made himself famous for often call for a massive drum kit to give the songs an even bigger boost.
Known for his use of stacking cymbals to gain a unique sound, Tomas shows you exactly what he’s done here for this particular set up that he is currently rocking. He also explains how to adapt your kick pedals if you play barefooted. Give it a watch for some extra nuggets of information.
Tomas has been sampled by Toontrack to create the aptly named Drum Kit from Hell; a software package that has been used by some seriously awesome bands (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Devin Townsend’s Ziltoid the Omniscient) that uses Tomas’ drum sounds and features his playing. The man obviously knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the best set up for drums. Listen to him.
Only one rack tom though – do you think his drum kit is big enough?