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

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]
OriginChesterfield, England[2]
GenresDeath metal, thrash metal, black metal, grindcore
Years active1990–present
Associated actsAnaal 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


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.

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 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.



Cradle of FilthEdit

Dimmu BorgirEdit

Lock UpEdit


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

Old Man's ChildEdit

Winter's ThrallEdit

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

Noctis ImperiumEdit

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

Liquid GraveyardEdit

Live / sessionEdit


  1. ^ "Nicholas Barker". Metal Archives. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ Nicholas Barker - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Barker". Blabbermouth. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Nick Barker discusses his departure from Dimmu Borgir".
  5. ^ "Famed drummer Nick Barker joins Voices on tour with Winterfylleth". Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Former Stormtroopers of Death Members Launch United Forces". 24 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
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