Paul Barker

Real Name:
Paul Barker
Paul Barker (born February 8, 1959 in Palo Alto, California), also referred to as Hermes Pan, is the former bass guitarist, producer and engineer of the industrial metal band Ministry from 1986 to 2004. Prior to Ministry, Barker provided bass for the Seattle No Wave ensemble The Blackouts alongside future Ministry drummer William Rieflin and his brother, one-time Ministry touring keyboardist/saxophonist Roland Barker, from 1979 until 1985. Beginning as touring bassist for Ministry's 1986 Twitch tour, Barker collaborated with frontman Al Jourgensen and collectively released The Land Of Rape And Honey in 1988. Although many musicians briefly contributed to Ministry in the nearly two decade period after Barker joined the band, he and Jourgensen were the only continuous members. The dynamics between these two different personalities came to shape Ministry's sound, along with a number of side-projects which they were involved in together. Barker left the band in 2004 for personal reasons.

Since leaving Ministry, Barker has spent his time recording new material, producing such acts as I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness and collaborating with artists such as Stayte (on their 2007 Cognitive Dissonance (The Art Of Lying To Yourself) EP). He joined USSA with Duane Denison (Tomahawk (6), ex-The Jesus Lizard) as bassist. The first album from his solo project Flowering Blight entitled The Perfect Pair, was released on November 19, 2008 via the official website.

Barker released Fix on April 10, 2012. This album features guests such as Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Taylor Momsen, Puscifer, Alexis S.F. Marshall, Thee Joshua Bradford III, and Devix Szell.

Paul is also one of the founders of Malekko Heavy Industry Corporation, a manufacturer of synthesizer modules and guitar effect pedals.

Paul has played live with Puscifer. He is currently touring with the Revolting Cocks (originally The Cocks) with Chris Connelly, Richard 23 and (sometimes) Luc Van Acker.
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none Paul Barker - Fix album art Ministry / Paul Barker Ministry / Paul Barker - Fix (Album) Gigantic Pictures none Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Paul Barker - A Savage Gift album art Lead Into Gold / Paul Ion Barker* Lead Into Gold / Paul Ion Barker* - A Savage Gift(2xFile, MP3, Single, V0) Not On Label (Paul Ion Barker Self-released) none 2018


none Paul Barker - Game Music 4, 5, 6 album art Paul Ion Barker* Game Music 4, 5, 6(3xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Paul Ion Barker Self-released) none US 2017
none Paul Barker - Game Music 1, 2, 3 album art Paul Ion Barker* Game Music 1, 2, 3(3xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Paul Ion Barker Self-released) none US 2017