Re: Tomas Haake
A few words in defense of Tomas and Meshuggah.
I personally don't believe they've ever released a record that is anything short of completely inspired. I'm a massive fan, so I know I speak with bias - but every release, whether it be full album, or EP or whatever, is always guarantied to be a monumental piece of work - and something that leaves other heavy music standing.
Whether it be an experimental piece ('I', 'Catch 33', 'True Human Design' EP etc) or one of their full-on, solid as-you-like albums, the pure and unmistakable artistry, integrity, skill and vision of each piece is always completely un-faultable.
This said, I know the band felt 'rushed' with 2002's 'Nothing' as they had to get there ass's on Ozzfest in the US - and in some tracks, you can defiantly hear that the production/finished piece isn't quite up to the usual Meshuggah level - but this is with good reason, they had to get to the States and tour. This is one of those unfortunate things - but it's just the way it goes sometimes. I still have 100% unblemished respect for them, and even with its 'failings', 'Nothing' is still a HUGE album, and something which pisses all over other heavy releases from that year!
The other thing that seems to have come up a few times on this forum is the fact that 'Catch 33' is programmed. But I ask, what on earth is wrong with that?! You're completely missing the innovative leap that 'Catch 33' has made!! could YOU even begin to make something like that?! haha
The 'reason' for the use of programmed drums (as if you should need one) is that the rest of the content of the album (one 47 min piece of music, and not strictly an 'album' either) was changing on a hour-to-hour basis, and it simply wasn't possible to re-take the drum tracks every single time a change was made to any other part of the sound/tracks.
As if the execution and the over-all effect (one of a soulless, unfeeling mechanism) wasn't enough!!
It's not EVEN as if meshuggah (the programming is not just done by Haake) just used a random piece of software to do this, Haake was a part of the development team which created DFH anyway!! (a fine piece of software in my opinion, if a little heavy on your CPU :oP)
The dedication to, over-all knowledge of, and exceptional approach to the instrument as a whole is something which puts Haake WAY out in front as one of todays most innovative and inspiring players.
AND (just a final point :P) someone has previously mentioned 'Haake has nothing to prove anymore - if he wants do use programmed drums in place of a live-take he damn well can' or words to that effect - this is true, but to top it all of - i've SEEN meshuggah play parts/movements from 'Catch 33' LIVE on stage, so regardless of the 'is programming a good thing' debate - they can play it anyway :oP.
nothing to prove.