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Niklas BromanOlli HakalaChrismHenri Kallio


The tale of Simulacrum begun in 1999 when a young boy, inspired by bands like Stratovarius and Dream Theater, composed his first tunes. This boy was Christian “Chrism” Pulkkinen (also known nowadays from James LaBrie, Eden’s Curse, Adamantra, Epicrenel and True Cult Club) and those tunes ended up almost unchanged on the debut album under the names Hammerhead and Battle Within. Chrism had studied classical piano from the age of six but had never fully found his place with classical music. He learnt the basics of score reading and a polished technique but his love for the piano, keyboards and music in general was set ablaze when his friend copied him a cassette full of Iron Maiden, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Megadeth, Dream Theater etc. Finding music that included keyboards but was not classical music was an ecstatic discovery and re-ignited the flame that motivated him to practice.

Unlike his mates at school, who concentrated on practicing music from the bands they admired for many hours a day, Chrism started almost instantly playing around with own riffs and small compositions. At the age of 15 he composed Hammerhead and Battle Within which were the founding songs for the band Simulacrum. By this time, he had also befriended the also 15-year-old, extremely talented bass player, Olli Hakala, who with Chrism's brother Nicholas “Solomon” Pulkkinen on guitar, were the founding members of the band. Within a couple of years Markus Wallasvaara (drums) and Niklas Broman (vocals) joined the band and the long road of practicing and self-improvement led to the creation of The Master and the Simulacrum -debut album, which was released in 2012.

The Master and the Simulacrum was a long process of trial and error for Chrism, who also mixed and produced the album. It was the first album he ever mixed, and it took him a whopping five years to refine his skills in sound production and get the album sounding professional enough for release. The initial recordings were done in 2007 and the album was finally released in January 2012 to critical acclaim. Even though the eight songs on the album are composed during a decade and all have a different mood, they are bound together by a similar sonic atmosphere and compositional style.

Reviews of the album were mostly positive and the small batch of 500 CD copies was sold out relatively fast. The album is still available on Spotify and can be bought as a digital download from various online stores. Simulacrum was chosen as “Band of the Month” in INFERNO-metal magazine, the biggest metal magazine in Scandinavia and they gave 4/5 points to the album praising its originality. Other critics have also flattered the album with excellent reviews and have stated that it is rare to find a young band with such a mature sound. For example, exclaimed “With intriguing themes, dissonant harmonies, complex composed measures and torturous synchronized rhythm patterns, this platter is more than interesting, it is captivating!”

In 2015 the debut album was followed with Sky Divided, a concept album revolving around a classic War of the Worlds type story of an alien race attacking planet earth for its recourses. As an album, it is a tighter package with some songs being straightforward power and thrash metal tunes and others being over 10-minute epics, which pay homage to the prog metal giants of the 70's and 90's. Everything on this album is a little bit more polished compared to The Master and the Simulacrum, from how the songs are performed to continuity throughout the album. Again, Simulacrum received a lot of praise in the media and the physical version of Sky Divided is mostly sold out in the world. The album is still on all major streaming platforms as is the rest of Simulacrum’s catalogue.

After the release of Sky Divided a lot happened that slowed down the creation process for the new album Genesis. Simulacrum parted ways with drummer Henri Kallio for personal reasons and enlisted Tatu Turunen as the new man behind the drum kit. The band also started thinking outside of the box; instead of having one front man they now have two lead singers. After extensive auditions, the only possible candidate was Erik Kraemer who has a tone that varies enough from Niklas' and has the range required to sing the sometimes very difficult vocal lines. In the studio the two-singer model makes it possible to consider whose voice suits which part the best. In live situations it brings more energy and versatility to the stage, also eliminating the need for vocal harmony backing tracks.

Simulacrum’s third album titled Genesis saw daylight on the 12th of February 2021 on Chrism’s 37th birthday. The album was released by the legendary Frontiers Records and the initial reviews and other media coverage has been very positive raising the band into the same category as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Haken and Periphery. The album is now on all the major streaming platforms and available worldwide for purchase as a CD. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band’s touring plans were postponed, but Simulacrum hope to get on the road as soon as the situation takes a turn for the better!