tape tone is a progressive rock/metal band from Cologne, Germany.
Formed in 2014 by bassist Kim Ulmer, guitarists Ralf Albert & Thorsten Wambach (Last One Dying) and drummer Bodo Stricker (Jaded Heart, Aeverium, Last One Dying) the band quickly got to work writing songs that blended hard rock, groove and progressive metal and even elements of funk, reggae and jazz. This mishmash of styles matched with heavy hitting and complex riffs would soon attract vocalist Tim Haarhoff, who’s soulful tenor range and vicious screaming abilities complimented the band's sound perfectly allowing tape tone to fully explore their vast musical capabilities.
In June of 2017 the quintet released their first demo EP “Resilience” which gave the Cologne underground scene a first taste of what the band had to offer.
Some time later Thorsten Wambach parted ways with the band and for a time tape tone would continue as a quartet. Then in early 2018 the band invited guitarist Matt Sheridan (Pro-Pain, Dharmata) to join the group, who’s melodic solo style and heavy handed palm mutes added the final element the band was looking for to the mix.
tape tone has attracted considerable attention in their home area's underground music scene for their complex yet listenable songwriting style. On October 23rd 2020 the band released their first full length album “Turbulence”. An album which the band members describe as “Not following any trends, it's just music that we enjoy and we know you will too!”
Tim Haarhoff - vocals
Ralf Albert - guitar
Matt Sheridan - guitar
Bodo Stricker - drums
Kim Ulmer - bass