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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.