Nicholas Howard Barker (born 1973) is an English extreme metal drummer best known for his work in Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. Currently he is the drummer for Brujeria, Borstal and Shining.
|Birth name||Nicholas Howard Barker|
|Born||25 April 1973|
Barker was born on 25 April 1973. He joined Cradle of Filth as their original drummer, 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, Barker went on to play with Brujeria, Old Man's Child, Lock Up, Gaahl and King ov Hell, Ancient, Atrocity, Leaves' Eyes. 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 band Sadistic Intent, replacing longtime drummer Emilio Marquèz.
As of 2012[update] 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. Barker also joined Voices, featuring former members of Akercocke, as live drummer for their tour of the United Kingdom with Winterfylleth.
- Brujerizmo (2000, Roadrunner Records)
- Pocho Aztlan (2016, Nuclear Blast)
Cradle of FilthEdit
- The Principle of Evil Made Flesh (1994, Cacophonous Records)
- V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein (1996, Cacophonous Records)
- Dusk... and Her Embrace (1996, Music for Nations)
- Cruelty and the Beast (1998, Music for Nations)
- From the Cradle to Enslave (1999, Music for Nations) (only on the Funeral in Carpathia re-recording)
- Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia (2001, Nuclear Blast)
- Alive in Torment EP (2002, Nuclear Blast)
- World Misanthropy EP (2002, Nuclear Blast)
- World Misanthropy DVD (2002, Nuclear Blast)
- Death Cult Armageddon (2003, Nuclear Blast)
- Pleasures Pave Sewers (1999, Nuclear Blaster)
- Hate Breeds Suffering (2002, Nuclear Blast)
- Play Fast Or Die (2004, Toy Factory)
- Necropolis Transparent (2011)
- Demonization (2017)
- Sleep with the Dead 7" (1992, Cacophonous Records)
- Tales of the Macabre (1993, Vinyl Solution)
Old Man's ChildEdit
- In:Through:Out EP (2007, self-released)
- Glorification of Evil: The Age Of The Golden Dawn LP (2008, Ariah Records)
- By Nature So Perverse LP & CD (2016, Sleaszy Rider Records/Season Of Mist)
Live / sessionEdit
- Borknagar – live drums 1999
- Nightrage – live drums 2004
- Anaal Nathrakh – live drums 2004
- God Seed – live drums 2007 and 2008
- Gorgoroth – live drums 2008
- Testament – live drums 2007
- Symbolic Death Tribute Band – recording of the DVD – live drums on 12 December 2007
- Divine Heresy – session drums 2008 'Bleed the Fifth'
- Noctis Imperium – session drums 2008 'Glorification of Evil: The Age Of The Golden Dawn'
- The More I See
- Anathema – Bloodstock Open Air UK Festival 2009
- Criminal – live drums in Santiago (2010)
- Evile – Live drums in London (12/8/2009)
- River Freshney – Live drums in London (22 July 2010)
- Leaves' Eyes - Live Drums 2009
- Nuclear Assault - Maryland Deathfest XIV (28 May 2016) 
- Voices - live drums 2016
- Obskkvlt (Galician band) session drums in 2017 for the 2019 album "Blackarhats".
- ^ Nicholas Barker - Encyclopaedia Metallum, Metal-archives.com, Retrieved 18 March 2018.
- ^ "Nicholas Barker". Metal-archives.com. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- ^ "Nicholas Barker". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- ^ "Exclusive: NICK BARKER Discusses His Departure From DIMMU BORGIR". Blabbermouth.net. 10 February 2004.
- ^ "Famed drummer Nick Barker joins Voices on tour with Winterfylleth". TeamRock.com. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". Blabbermouth.net. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- ^ "NUCLEAR ASSAULT- New Song (Live MDF 2016)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
- Media related to Nicholas Barker at Wikimedia Commons