Nicholas Barker

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Nicholas Barker
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Nicholas Barker during the Testament concert at the Metalmania 2007 festival in Katowice, Poland.
Background information
Birth nameNicholas Howard Barker
Born (1973-04-25) 25 April 1973 (age 46) [1]
Origin Chesterfield, England [2]
Genres death metal, thrash metal, black metal, grindcore
Years active1990–present
Associated acts Anaal Nathrakh, Ancient, Atrocity, Benediction, Brujeria, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Leaves' Eyes, Liquid Graveyard, Lock Up, Old Man's Child, Nightrage, Testament, Gorgoroth, United Forces

Nicholas Howard Barker is a British extreme metal drummer best known as the original drummer for British metal band Cradle of Filth.

Extreme metal is a loosely defined umbrella term for a number of related heavy metal music subgenres that have developed since the early 1980s. It has been defined as a "cluster of metal subgenres characterized by sonic, verbal, and visual transgression".

Cradle of Filth English metal band

Cradle of Filth are an English extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk, England in 1991. The band's musical style evolved originally from black metal to a cleaner and more "produced" amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films. The band has gone through many lineup changes, with vocalist Dani Filth being the only constant member.



Barker joined Cradle of Filth as their original drummer, playing on the first four albums. [3] After leaving in 1999, he joined Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. After being removed from the line-up, [4] Barker went on to play with Brujeria, Old Man's Child, Lock Up, Gaahl and King ov Hell, Ancient, Atrocity, Leaves' Eyes. [5] In 2007 he recorded with Winter's Thrall, on their EP In:Through:Out.

Symphonic black metal is a subgenre of black metal that emerged in the mid to late 1990s, and incorporates symphonic and orchestral elements.

Dimmu Borgir Norwegian symphonic black metal band

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Brujeria (band) Mexican-American extreme metal band

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On Dimmu Borgir's 2002 World Misanthropy video, Barker mentioned the following names as influences on his playing style: Neil Peart (Rush), Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Strapping Young Lad), Clive Burr, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), and Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel).

<i>World Misanthropy</i> 2002 video album by Dimmu Borgir

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Rush (band) Canadian rock band

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In 2011, Barker joined Los Angeles death metal band Sadistic Intent, replacing longtime drummer Emilio Marquèz.

Sadistic Intent American death metal band

Sadistic Intent is a death metal band from Los Angeles, California.

As of 2012 Barker was drumming in United Forces, featuring two former members of Stormtroopers of Death, vocalist Billy Milano and bassist Dan Lilker, and guitarist Anton Reisenegger. [6] Barker also joined Voices, featuring former members of Akercocke, as live drummer for their recent tour of the United Kingdom with Winterfylleth.

Stormtroopers of Death were an American crossover thrash band formed in New York City in 1985. They are credited as being among the first bands to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal into a style sometimes referred to as crossover thrash. The band is also known for reuniting Anthrax members Scott Ian (guitars) and Charlie Benante (drums) with their former bassist Dan Lilker. Their instrumental song "March of the SOD" from their 1985 debut album, Speak English or Die, was the Headbanger's Ball intro anthem for many years. Another song from the same album, "Chromatic Death", was also used during the show as a segue between ads and videos.

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Dan Lilker American musician

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<i>Pocho Aztlan</i> 2016 studio album by Brujeria

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