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 43)[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, Lock Up, Old Man's Child, Nightrage, Testament, United Forces

Nicholas Howard Barker is a British extreme metal drummer (from Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, now lives in Chesterfield .


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

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.

As of 2011, Nick Barker has officially joined Los Angeles death metal pioneers Sadistic Intent, replacing longtime drummer Emilio Marquez. Barker's technique incorporates high-speed double bass drumming and blast beats.

Barker is currently drumming in United Forces, featuring two former members of Stormtroopers of Death, vocalist Billy Milano and bassist Dan Lilker, and guitarist Anton Reisenegger.[3] Barker also joined Voices, featuring former members of Akercocke, as live drummer for their recent tour of the United Kingdom with Winterfylleth.


  • 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" FB-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)
    • 6½" Visions Cup Chime (Discontinued)
  • Current setup
    • 14" Alpha China (Discontinued)
    • 14" Alpha Sound Edge Hi-Hats
    • 18" 2002 Novo China
    • 10" RUDE Splash
    • 17" RUDE Thin Crash
    • 18" RUDE Thin Crash
    • 18" RUDE Wild Crash
    • 18" 2002 Medium
    • 19" RUDE Wild Crash
    • 20" Alpha Rock Crash
    • 22" Alpha Metal Ride (Discontinued)
    • 18" RUDE Novo China
  • 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[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)

Live / session[edit]


  1. ^ "Nick Barker Fan Page op Myspace". Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nick Barker discusses his departure from Dimmu Borgir". 
  3. ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.