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Niklas BromanOlli HakalaChrismHenri Kallio





My name is Christian "Chrism" Pulkkinen and I started my musical adventure at the age of seven when I was first introduced to the piano by my father, who is a professional percussionist in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. I took lessons from one of my fathers students who also studied piano, but didn't really have the enthusiasm to practice or play classical music. In the end I learnt to read music fluently and play intermediate compositions.

It wasn't till high school that my hobby took a step in a more serious direction when I was introduced to Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen and later on to Dream Theater. Here was Jens Johansson playing complex, lightning fast solos and duelling with Yngwie. This was a totally different domain than the classical world I had been introduced to. I was fascinated that keyboards could be used in such a fashion. A couple of years later I performed first time as a band with a guitarist called Sami Juusola. We played at a school happening a Stratovarius' song called Destiny. That's when I played my first solo.

From there on I started composing my own songs and formed a band with my little brother Nicholas and a guy called Sami Juusola who knew a bass player called Olli Hakala who knew a drummer called Sauli Mannevaara ;D Since then me, Nicholas and Olli have played in Simulacrum. The current line-up is strengthened with Markus Wallasvaara on drums and Niklas Broman as lead vocalist.

I have graduated from the Turku Conservatory with a degree in audio technology and piano. I am for hire as a sound producer or keyboard player through my company Dark Noise Productions. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or work-offers at

During the years I have been composing, my music has evolved from neo-classical metal to a more diverse blend of aggression, fusion, classical and progressive rock/metal. I'm bored with the fact that very many of the progressive bands today lack imagination, diversity, balls and aggression. When listening to my compositions you will also here the influence of impressionistic composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, Frank Zappa, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Andromeda, Adagio, Symphony X, Spiral Architect and Meshuggah.

I am currently member of a symphonic power metal band called Epicrenel, which features members of Adamantra, Thaurorod and ex-Adagio. The album was released March 2013 and my role on the album was principle sound producer, keyboard player and orchestral arranger. I am also a member of progressive metal band Adamantra, international melodic metal band Eden's Curse and legendary Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie's band.