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Barren Cross

Although they never achieved as much notoriety as their Orange County neighbors Stryper, Los Angeles' Barren Cross were among the best-known Christian (or "white") metal bands to emerge in the 1980s. Formed in late 1983 by singer/guitarist Mike Lee, guitarist Ray Parris, bassist Jim LaVerde, and drummer Steve Whitaker, Barren Cross rehearsed assiduously before performing their first concert six months later at, of all places, a home for juvenile delinquent girls. Shortly thereafter, the boys used their Christian connections to approach producer Dino Elefante (whose famous sibling John was then the singer with prog rock giants Kansas) and ask for help with their career. Good Samaritan that he was, Elefante agreed to produce Barren Cross' aptly named debut E.P., Believe, which the band released and distributed in May 1985 using $10,000.00 they had raised themselves. The gambit paid off when independent label Star Song signed the group, remastered the EP's six tracks, and had Barren Cross record three new ones for release as 1986's full-length debut Rock for the King. By then, white metal was a growing rock & roll commodity, thanks to the work of Stryper (and countless equally devout, but far more discreet acts, such as Chicago doom favorites Trouble), but Barren Cross were still fighting an uphill battle. Although their powerful, Judas Priest-derived style sounded far more legitimate than Stryper's gooey pop-metal, most heavy metal fans found the genre's fascination with the occult as attractive as the music itself. Christian metal was therefore a living contradiction, and most major labels remained similarly unconvinced about white metal, and therefore, Barren Cross', commercial potential. And despite many attempts to make the jump to a major, the band would see subsequent efforts, 1988's Atomic Arena and 1989's State of Control (both of them also championed by John and Dino Elefante) relegated to independent Enigma Records. Choosing to name their 1990 live album Hotter Than Hell was, in retrospect, obviously a sign of frustration, and it wasn't surprising to see Barren Cross give up the fight only a short time later. Some bandmembers have since remained active within Christian music circles, and even briefly reunited as Barren Cross in 1994 in order to record another studio album named Rattle Your Cage before going their separate ways once again. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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its just a shame these things just have problems period
Great chirstian rock band there, I have cd
Loved these guys! The first time I played their record it gave me chills up and down my spine.
Saw them in a very small venue...fron t row, and actually able to kneel on their floor amps! Jim LaVerde actually held out his bass and let my friend play the single note line from Rock for the King!!! That was the most awesome show ever!
These guys are putting out another album. Maiden sounds a lot like this group.
Killers of the unborn!!!
BC was an awesome band! Very mystical sound and talented. I don't know that they were more talented than any of the other bands. They had a very solid metal sound, and it worked to compliment Stryper's more commercial sound. However, people who don't know Stryper's entire library mistakenly believe Stryper isn't capable of going heavy, which they did on almost every album. The reason Barren Cross didn't achieve the success of Stryper was because their music was extremely, lyrically, Christian.
Part 2:
You must remember, during that time you were either black-balled by the Christian community (like Stryper was) or black-balled by the secular community for being too churchy. Even Michael W. Smith didn't break through until Go West Young Man with Place in this world, which had nothing to do with God, per se. He and Amy Grant both saw success at the same time (Amy with Baby, Baby). Stryper was doing for Christian metal was Michael W. and Amy were doing for Christian pop.
Part 3:
BC just didn't have the versatility of Stryper or Petra, thank God! What most of us would consider a sell-out, BC almost did with State of Control. It got a little commercial (Your Love Gives). But Mike just didn't have the voice to attract the kind of crowd Michael Sweet did. BC was way ahead of their time, & actually would have done well during the 90's grunge era with a more Pearl Jam-ish Stone Temple Pilot-ish sound. They should have retooled, but instead they faded away.
Crossing South Padre Island bridge, a pastor's son had Cultic Regime playing loudly through an intercom on his truck. We were heading to SPI for Summer break Whitecross concert where we left bible tracts on hotel door rooms. It was a blast. Barren Cross is a great band. I hope that do more tracks or a new album. They can come back just like Stryper did.
sbarron7723
They are a lot more talanted than Stryper
nikkidonahue
love em!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
State of Control is their best! Then its this one. You know I never used to like this band but now since I started listening to Deliverance, Barren Cross has grown on me.
I want to find a complete CD of Rattle Your Cage. I can't find it anywhere. I have three or four tracks I've bootlegged but that's it.
STATE OF CONTROL is probably my favorite album. The Stage of Intensity and Two Thousand Years are awesome songs. My favorites off ATOMIC ARENA are King of Kings, In the Eye of the Fire, Imaginary Music, and Living Dead.
RATTLE YOUR CAGE was good. They actually came into Wooster, where I live, for that tour. About a hundred people total showed up for the show. The ONLY metal concert I've ever been to.
tdjallen
Love Rattle your cage-that should be on here.
Nothing like good 80's metal!!!!!
lencat581
barren cross one of the all time great christian metal bands, bloodgood and even the rez band some of my faves
anthonywafer 9 2
Barron Cross would have been up there with Stryper,Whit e c r o s s , D e l i v e r a n c e and other Christian metal bands.
An old favorite. One of four I asked about early June (along with Sacred Warrior, Holy Soldier, and Deliverance) . Two out of four so far...excell e n t .

Now for BC's State of Control album to get on here please!

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