The tale of Simulacrum started in 1999 when a young boy, inspired by bands like Stratovarius and Dream Theater, composed his first tunes. The boy was Christian “Chrism” Pulkkinen 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 wasn’t 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 doodling 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 close to perfection. 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 it's 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, Metal-Temple.com exclaimed “With intriguing themes, dissonant harmonies, complex composed-measures and torturous synchronized rhythm patterns, this platter is more than interesting, it is captivating!”
Simulacrum is a tight band also on live stages. The band has played shows together with Seventh Wonder, Machinae Supremacy, Adamantra, Masterstroke, Oddland and Status Minor to mention a few. With the band's average age being well under 30, Simulacrum displays a high level of energy and enthusiasm when on stage and listeners are bewildered by the musicians’ high level of skill. Although interest was expressed from abroad, The Master and the Simulacrum didn't make a European tour possible. Now with Intromental helming promotion and booking world-wide, Simulacrum hopes that fans abroad will have the chance to see the band live as soon as the follow-up album, Sky Divided, is released in early 2015!