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Nicholas Barker

Nicholas Barker during the Testament concert at the Metalmania 2007 festival in Katowice, Poland.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Howard Barker
Born 1973
Origin England
Genres Death metal
Thrash metal
Black metal
Instruments Drums
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Anaal Nathrakh, Atrocity, Benediction, Brujeria, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Leaves' Eyes, Lock Up, Old Man's Child, Nightrage, Testament

Nicholas Howard Barker is an extreme metal drummer (from Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, now lives in Sheffield, England).



He was the original drummer for British metal band Cradle of Filth, playing on the first three albums. After leaving in 1999, he joined Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. After being removed from the lineup,[1] Barker went on to play with Brujeria, Old Man's Child, Lock Up, Gaahl and King ov Hell, Atrocity, and Leaves' Eyes.

He is currently touring as a live drummer with thrash metal band Exodus and plays with an AC/DC tribute band called Sin City.

Barker's technique incorporates fast double bass drumming, extremely accurate blast beats and fills and precise dynamic accuracy.

On Dimmu Borgir's 2002 "World Misanthropy" video, he mentioned the following names as important influences on his playing style: Neil Peart (Rush), Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad), Ringo Starr (The Beatles), Clive Burr, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), and Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel). Many of those names would appear in various thanks lists on albums he has participated in.


  • Drum Set up w/ Dimmu Borgir (Death Cult Armageddon Tour - 2003)
  • Drums - Pearl Masterworks Hand-Made Maple - High Gloss Lacquered Piano Black Finish
    • 14"x3.5" FM-1435C Free Floating Piccolo Snare
    • 10"x10" Tom
    • 12"x12" Tom
    • 13"x13" Tom
    • 14"x14" Tom
    • 16"x16" Floor Tom
    • 20"x18" Bass Drum (x2)
  • Cymbals - Paiste Cymbals
    • 24" Dimensions Mega Power Bell Ride (Discontinued)
    • 22" Signature Power Ride
    • 21" RUDE China (Discontinued)
    • 20" 2002 Novo China
    • 18" 2002 Novo China
    • 18" 2002 Medium Crash
    • 17" Signature Power Crash
    • 16" Visions Crash (Discontinued)
    • 15" 2002 Crash
    • 14" Signature Power Hi-Hats
    • 13" Signature Power Hi-Hats
    • 11" Dimensions Thin Splash (Discontinued)
    • 10" RUDE Splash
    • 8" 2002 Splash
    • 8" Visions Cup Chime (Discontinued)
    • 6 1/2" Visions Cup Chime (Discontinued)
  • Hardware
    • Pearl Hardware, Rack System
    • Trick Kick Pedals
  • Miscellaneous
    • Vic Firth 5BN Sticks
    • Remo Heads: Emperor X on snare drum, Emperors on the toms, Ebony Ambassador bottoms.
  • Electronics
    • Ddrum Redshot Triggers



Cradle of Filth

Dimmu Borgir

Lock Up


  • Sleep With The Dead 7" (1992, Cacophonous Records)
  • Tales of the Macabre (1993, Vinyl Solution)

Old Man's Child

Winter's Thrall

  • In:Through:Out EP (2007, self-released)

Noctis Imperium

  • 'Glorification Of Evil: The Age Of The Golden Dawn' LP (2008, Ariah Records)

Live / Session

  • Nightrage - live drums 2004
  • Anaal Nathrakh - live drums 2004.
  • God Seed - live drums 2007 and 2008.
  • Testament - live drums 2007.
  • Divine Heresy - session drums 2008 'Bleed the Fifth'.
  • Noctis Imperium - session drums 2008 'Glorification Of Evil: The Age Of The Golden Dawn'
  • Exodus - current tour
  • The More I See - current tour
  • Anathema - Bloodstock Open Air UK Festival 2009
  • Ancient - current tour


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