NewsMarch 15, 2022 1:49 PM ET5,621 views

Meshuggah's Tomas Haake hasn't played drums in nearly a year due to health condition

Quite a predicament for anyone, particularly a drummer of such relentless and hard-hitting material.

When extreme metal behemoths Meshuggah postponed their U.S. tour late last year, the group revealed that one of its members was "currently undergoing medical treatment related to a skin condition on his hands," without revealing further specifics.

We now know that said member is drummer Tomas Haake, who's been suffering from a nonspecific form of eczema for nearly two years. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Haake revealed, "I have this eczema inside my hands. I've got to tape up all my fingers and put on gloves just to mess around on the kit, even. That means I haven't really touched the drums since we recorded the album, and that was, like, early April. So I'm almost a year out, without even hitting a drum."


According to Haake, the condition materialized in early 2020 and has yet to be fully diagnosed.

Haake explained, "I've been to so many specialists and dermatologists about this at this point and they're all like, 'Huh?' They say it looks like contact eczema, but we've ruled that out because I've done all the tests that you can do, as far as anything that I might come in contact with. It goes up and down, but it's a bummer, for sure, whether you're a drummer or not. I mean, we all need our hands to function for daily life."

Time will tell how his ailment progresses, but Haake and Meshuggah are obviously hopeful that the condition's symptoms recede enough for the current tour schedule for their new album, Immutable, to proceed without issue.

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