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 Musically, Barren Cross is often compared to Iron Maiden, mainly due to the similarity of the vocals between Mike Lee and Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Lyrically, the band is noted for its stance on a number of social issues. Their songs addressed, from a Christian worldview, personal and societal issues such as suicide, abortion, terrorism, and prejudice. In 1985, they contributed to the Last Days Ministries'​ anti-abortion song "Fight the Fight."​ Musically, Barren Cross is often compared to Iron Maiden, mainly due to the similarity of the vocals between Mike Lee and Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Lyrically, the band is noted for its stance on a number of social issues. Their songs addressed, from a Christian worldview, personal and societal issues such as suicide, abortion, terrorism, and prejudice. In 1985, they contributed to the Last Days Ministries'​ anti-abortion song "Fight the Fight."​
  
-Over the years, Barren Cross has seen their share of successes since their start out of high school in 1982. In 1985, their first EP, //​Believe//,​ an independent release, garnered national attention and trademarked their raw metal sound. The following year, [[Star Song Records]] released their first full-length album, //Rock for the King//. 1988 saw a second full-length release, //Atomic Arena//, this time on Enigma Records (now Capitol Records) alongside label mates Poison, Ratt, Slayer, [[Stryper]],​ and others.+Over the years, Barren Cross has seen their share of successes since their start out of high school in 1982. In 1985, their first EP, //​Believe//,​ an independent release, garnered national attention and trademarked their raw metal sound. The following year, [[Star Song Records]] released their first full-length album, //Rock for the King//. The original working title for Barren Cross' second album was //​Battlic//​. It took 10 months to negotiate the deal with Enigma Records. In the process, a song called "On the Rainbow"​ was scraped for a ballad. 1988 saw a second full-length release, //Atomic Arena//, this time on Enigma Records (now Capitol Records) alongside label mates Poison, Ratt, Slayer, [[Stryper]],​ and others.
  
 In 1989, as a follow-up to their Enigma debut, they released //State of Control//, and //Hotter than Hell Live!//, a full production live album on Medusa Records, was released the following year (1990). A few months later, //Rock for the King// was reissued and has since become a collector'​s item. Subsequent to lead singer Michael Lee (now known as Michael Drive) pursuing another project (becoming writer and lead vocalist for the band [[Bare Bones]]), vocalist Vincent Van Voltenburg, aka, Vin Van Volt, of the Christian Metal quartet, [[Full Armor]], was introduced as the new lead singer and took the reins for all live performances during the 1990 "State of Control World Tour" which included sold-out shows in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the U.S. Soon after the 1990 World Tour ended, the new lineup with Ray Parris on (Guitar), Jim LaVerde (Bass), Vin Van Volt (vocals) and David LaVai (drums), was to begin writing for the next record which might have included a Vin Van Volt song called "Pain Reliever."​ The song, a new sound for Barren Cross, was well received by audiences on the //State of Control// tour. The record with this new lineup would never materialize,​ and Barren Cross went on hiatus until their last full-length release (to date), the stylistically evolved //Rattle Your Cage//, released on [[Rugged Records]] in 1994. //Rattle Your Cage// featured all of the original members of Barren Cross. In 1989, as a follow-up to their Enigma debut, they released //State of Control//, and //Hotter than Hell Live!//, a full production live album on Medusa Records, was released the following year (1990). A few months later, //Rock for the King// was reissued and has since become a collector'​s item. Subsequent to lead singer Michael Lee (now known as Michael Drive) pursuing another project (becoming writer and lead vocalist for the band [[Bare Bones]]), vocalist Vincent Van Voltenburg, aka, Vin Van Volt, of the Christian Metal quartet, [[Full Armor]], was introduced as the new lead singer and took the reins for all live performances during the 1990 "State of Control World Tour" which included sold-out shows in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the U.S. Soon after the 1990 World Tour ended, the new lineup with Ray Parris on (Guitar), Jim LaVerde (Bass), Vin Van Volt (vocals) and David LaVai (drums), was to begin writing for the next record which might have included a Vin Van Volt song called "Pain Reliever."​ The song, a new sound for Barren Cross, was well received by audiences on the //State of Control// tour. The record with this new lineup would never materialize,​ and Barren Cross went on hiatus until their last full-length release (to date), the stylistically evolved //Rattle Your Cage//, released on [[Rugged Records]] in 1994. //Rattle Your Cage// featured all of the original members of Barren Cross.
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 | 1988 | Atomic Arena | Enigma Records | | 1988 | Atomic Arena | Enigma Records |
 | 1989 | State of Control | Enigma Records | | 1989 | State of Control | Enigma Records |
-| 1990 | Hotter Than Hell Live! live album Restless ​|+| 1990 | Hotter Than Hell Live! Live Medusa Records ​|
 | 1994 | Rattle Your Cage | [[Rugged Records]] | | 1994 | Rattle Your Cage | [[Rugged Records]] |
 | 2013 | Birth Pangs Live | | 2013 | Birth Pangs Live |
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-==== Demo ====+==== Demos ====
  
 1983-84 Independent 1983-84 Independent
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   - It's All Come True   - It's All Come True
   - Return of the Light   - Return of the Light
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Believe EP ====
 +
 +1985 Independent
 +
 +Mike Lee - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass, vocals\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums, vocals
 +
 +Tim Hientz - Keyboards
 +
 +  - Believe
 +  - He Loves You
 +  - Going Nowhere
 +  - Give Your Life
 +  - Just a Touch
 +  - Light the Flame
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Rock for the King ====
 +
 +1986 [[Star Song Records]] (SSD 8064)\\
 +2014 Barren Cross Music
 +
 +Mike Lee - Vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Guitar\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums
 +
 +  - Dying Day (3:25)
 +  - He Loves You (4:34)
 +  - It's All Come True (4:02)
 +  - Believe (2:12)
 +  - Going Nowhere (4:36)
 +  - Rock for the King (5:00)
 +  - Give Your Life (2:47)
 +  - Just a Touch (3:26)
 +  - Light the Flame (5:31)
 +
 +1990 Medusa Records (CDO2679)
 +
 +  - Dying Day
 +  - He Loves You
 +  - It's All Come True
 +  - Believe
 +  - Going Nowhere
 +  - Killer of the Unborn (live)
 +  - Rock for the King
 +  - Give Your Life
 +  - Just a Touch
 +  - Light the Flame
 +  - Dead Lock (live)
 +  - Cultic Regimes (live)
 +  - He Loves You (live)
 +  - Living Dead (live)
 +  - Heaven or Nothing (live)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Atomic Arena ====
 +
 +1988 Enigma Records (D2-73311)\\
 +2003 Restless Records (REST73777)\\
 +2020 Retroactive Records (RRCD1536)
 +
 +Mike Lee - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass guitar, synthesizer,​ backing vocals\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums, backing vocals
 +
 +John Elefante - Keyboards, additional vocals\\
 +Dino Elefante - Additional vocals
 +
 +  - Imaginary Music (4:26)
 +  - Killers of the Unborn (3:28)
 +  - In the Eye of the Fire (4:27)
 +  - Terrorist Child (3:30)
 +  - Close to the Edge (4:55)
 +  - Dead Lock (4:18)
 +  - Cultic Regimes (2:48)
 +  - Heaven or Nothing (4:10)
 +  - King of Kings (3:30)
 +  - Living Dead (6:50)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== State of Control ====
 +
 +1989 Enigma Records (773347-2)
 +
 +Mike Lee - Lead vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass guitar, synthesizer,​ backing vocals\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums, backing vocals
 +
 +John Elefante - Keyboards, additional vocals
 +
 +  - State of Control (3:53)
 +  - Out of Time (4:09)
 +  - Cryin' Over You (4:53)
 +  - A Face in the Dark (3:56)
 +  - The Stage of Intensity (6:36)
 +  - Hard Lies (4:18)
 +  - Inner War (4:09)
 +  - Love at Full Volume (2:28)
 +  - Bigotry Man (Who Are You) (4:42)
 +  - Two Thousand Years (7:10)
 +  - Escape in the Night (3:54)
 +
 +1989 Enigma Records / Benson Records (CD02540)\\
 +2003 Restless Records (REST73778)
 +
 +  - State of Control (3:53)
 +  - Out of Time (4:09)
 +  - Cryin' Over You (4:53)
 +  - A Face in the Dark (3:56)
 +  - The Stage of Intensity (6:36)
 +  - Hard Lies (4:18)
 +  - Inner War (4:09)
 +  - Love at Full Volume (2:28)
 +  - Bigotry Man (Who Are You) (4:42)
 +  - Two Thousand Years (7:10)
 +  - Your Love Gives (3:50)
 +
 +2020 Retroactive Records (RRCD1537)
 +
 +  - State of Control (3:53)
 +  - Out of Time (4:09)
 +  - Cryin' Over You (4:53)
 +  - A Face in the Dark (3:56)
 +  - The Stage of Intensity (6:36)
 +  - Hard Lies (4:18)
 +  - Inner War (4:09)
 +  - Love at Full Volume (2:28)
 +  - Bigotry Man (Who Are You) (4:42)
 +  - Two Thousand Years (7:10)
 +  - Your Love Gives (3:50)
 +  - Escape in the Night (3:54)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Hotter Than Hell Live! Live ====
 +
 +1990 Medusa Records (MD 9383 2)\\
 +2020 Retroactive Records (RRCD1538)
 +
 +Mike Lee - Vocals, guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Guitar\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums
 +
 +Vince Mendoza - Guest guitar\\
 +Christine Whitaker - Guest keyboards\\
 +Alaysius Collado - Guest vocals
 +
 +  - Imaginary Music (5:30)
 +  - Dying Day (4:01)
 +  - Killers of the Unborn (3:23)
 +  - Close to the Edge (4:55)
 +  - Going Nowhere (4:53)
 +  - Dead Lock (4:11)
 +  - Opus to the Third Heaven (4:21)
 +  - King of Kings (6:45)
 +  - In the Eye of the Fire (6:52)
 +  - Rock for the King (5:25)
 +  - Light the Flame (7:39)
 +  - Terrorist Child (6:13)
 +  - King Jesus & Blues Jam (4:23)
 +  - Give Your Life (5:05)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Rattle Your Cage ====
 +
 +1994 [[Rugged Records]] (RGD 44012)\\
 +2013 Barren Cross Music
 +
 +Mike Lee - Vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass guitar, acoustic guitar\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums
 +
 +  - Rattle Your Cage (4:20)
 +  - Here I Am (3:30)
 +  - Unsuspecting (3:58)
 +  - No Time to Run (3:36)
 +  - Sick (3:28)
 +  - Somewhere Far Away (2:53)
 +  - Feed the Fire (3:38)
 +  - Let It Go Let It Die (4:50)
 +  - Time for Love (3:11)
 +  - J.R.M (3:52)
 +  - Your Will (3:47)
 +  - Midnight Son (5:20)
 +
 +------
 +
 +==== Birth Pangs ====
 +
 +2014 Barren Cross Music ‎(BCM001)
 +
 +Mike Lee - Vocals, acoustic guitar\\
 +Ray Parris - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar\\
 +Jim LaVerde - Bass guitar, acoustic guitar\\
 +Steve Whitaker - Drums
 +
 +  - Intro (0:24)
 +  - Living Dead (7:15)
 +  - The Stage of Intensity (9:16)
 +  - Close to the Edge (5:14)
 +  - The Unsuspecting (5:36)
 +  - Two Thousand Years (8:16)
 +  - Return of the Light (previously unreleased) (5:16)
 +  - Believe (2:34)
 +  - Light The Flame (5:54)
 +  - He Loves You (5:33)
 +  - Dying Day (3:23)
 +  - Bigotry Man (4:37)
 +  - Here I Am (6:12)
 +  - A Walk With God (previously unreleased) (4:19)
 +  - Whitewashed "​Love"​ (previously unreleased) (2:58)
 +  - Rattle Your Cage (4:14)
 +  - Deadlock (4:30)
 +  - Cultic Regimes (3:59)
 +  - Killers of the Unborn (3:44)
  
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