Nicholas Barker

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Nicholas Barker
Metalmania 2007 - Testament - Nick Barker 01.jpg
Nicholas Barker during the Testament concert at the Metalmania 2007 festival in Katowice, Poland.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Howard Barker
Born (1973-04-25) 25 April 1973 (age 44)[1]
Origin England
Genres Death metal, thrash metal, black metal, grindcore
Instruments Drums
Years active 1990–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.


Barker joined Cradle of Filth as their original drummer, playing on the first four albums.[2] After leaving in 1999, he joined Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir. After being removed from the line-up,[3] Barker went on to play with Brujeria, Old Man's Child, Lock Up, Gaahl and King ov Hell, Ancient, Atrocity, Leaves' Eyes.[4] In 2007 he recorded with Winter's Thrall, on their EP In:Through:Out.

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).

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

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.[5] Barker also joined Voices, featuring former members of Akercocke, as live drummer for their recent tour of the United Kingdom with Winterfylleth.



Cradle of Filth[edit]

Dimmu Borgir[edit]

Lock Up[edit]


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

Old Man's Child[edit]

Winter's Thrall[edit]

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

Noctis Imperium[edit]

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

Liquid Graveyard[edit]

Live / session[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicholas Barker". Metal Archives. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nicholas Barker". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Nick Barker discusses his departure from Dimmu Borgir". 
  4. ^ "Famed drummer Nick Barker joins Voices on tour with Winterfylleth". Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
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