Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Christian Metal, 80's Metal
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Barren Cross  


Barren Cross was one of the earlier Christian metal bands, arriving on the scene at a time where most of the world thought that Christian metal started and ended with Stryper. Rock For The King's Priest-style heaviness proved that a band didn't have to be poppy to be Christian, though their lyrics were if anything more preachy and tended to diminish their appeal among secular listeners. Though no official breakup was ever announced, the band was pretty much finished by around 1990 or so, reuniting several years later for the Rattle Your Cage release in 1994, and were quiet for many years afterward. However, as of May 2008, the band is officially back in action, looking to tour and record.

Current Members

Mike Lee

vocals/guitars

Ray Parris

guitars

Jim LaVerde

bass

Steve Whitaker

drums


Discography



(EP) Believe 
1985 Packaderm
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker




Rock For The King 
1986 Star Song
  1. Dying Day
  2. He Loves You
  3. It's All Come True
  4. Believe
  5. Going Nowhere
  6. Killer Of The Unborn
  7. Rock For The King
  8. Give Your Life
  9. Just A Touch
  10. Light The Flame
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker




Atomic Arena 
1988 Enigma
  1. Imaginary Music
  2. Killer Of The Unborn
  3. In The Eye Of The Fire
  4. Terrorrist Child
  5. Close To The Edge
  6. Dead Lock
  7. Cultic Regimes
  8. Heaven Or Nothing
  9. King Of Kings
  10. Living Dead
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



State Of Control 
1989 Enigma
  1. State Of Control
  2. Ouyt Of Time
  3. Cryin' Over You
  4. A Face In The Dark
  5. The Stage Of Intencity
  6. Hard Lies
  7. Inner Wars
  8. Love At Full Volume
  9. Bigotry Men (Who Are You)
  10. Two Thousand Years
  11. Your Love Gives
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker




Hotter Than Hell!  LIVE
1990 Medusa
  1. Imaginary Music
  2. Dying Day
  3. Killers of the Unborn
  4. Close to the Edge
  5. Going Nowhere
  6. Deadlock
  7. Opus to the Third Heaven
  8. King of Kings
  9. In the Eye of the Fire
  10. Rock for the King
  11. Light the Flame
  12. Terrorist Child
  13. King Jesus and Blues Jam
  14. Give Your Life
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker




Rattle Your Cage 
1994 Rugged
  1. Rattle Your Cage
  2. Here I Am
  3. Unsuspecting
  4. No Time To Run
  5. Sick
  6. Somewhere Far Away
  7. Feed The Fire
  8. Let It Go Let It Ride
  9. Time For Love
  10. J.R.M.
  11. Your Will
  12. Midnight Son
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker




Birth Pangs  LIVE
2013
  1. Living Dead
  2. Stage Of Intensity
  3. Close To The Edge
  4. The Unsuspecting
  5. Two Thousand Years
  6. Return Of The Light
  7. Believe
  8. Light The Flame
  9. He Loves You
  10. Dying Day
  11. Bigotry Man
  12. Here I Am
  13. A Walk With God
  14. Whitewashed Love
  15. Rattle Your Cage
  16. Deadlock
  17. Cultic Regimes
  18. Killers
  • Mike Lee
  • Ray Parris
  • Jim LaVerde
  • Steve Whitaker


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