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1 - BARREN CROSS - ATOMIC ARENA - (CD) 
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By the time 1988's Atomic Arena was released, fans had already been whipped into a feeding frenzy with the song Deadlock being included on the massively popular California Metal Compilation. The song demonstrated a significant leap forward from anything the band had ever done. Fans were demanding more, and it's hard to believe Barren Cross could have delivered a more perfect album than Atomic Arena. Most noticeably, the songwriting had matured with topics including abortion, suicide, cults and substance abuse - all presented in a skilled manner. Now signed to Enigma Records the band was labelmates with Ratt, Slayer, Poison, and Stryper and MTV's embrace of the album's opener, Imaginary Music showed that's exactly where they belonged. Mike Lee's charismatic Dickinson-influenced lead vocal style was perfect for an album that featured dominating fast-fingered shredding guitar work, resounding monster bass lines, and drums that pummeled the heart and soul of the most dedicated heavy metal fan. Yes, Atomic Arena was special and that's why the album was voted #11 on Heaven's Metal Magazine's Top 100 Christian Metal Albums of All-Time. The 2020 reissue has been remastered to perfection and comes with deluxe packaging. This is the ultimate reissue for one of Christian metal's ultimate albums.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Imaginary Music 02. Killers Of The Unborn 03. In The Eye Of The Fire 04. Terrorist Child 05. Close To The Edge 06. Dead Lock 07. Cultic Regimes 08. Heaven Or Nothing 09. King Of Kings 10. Living Dead


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-11--0001
Item # : 552712     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - BARREN CROSS - HOTTER THAN HELL - (CD) 
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Nearing the end of relentlessly touring the Atomic Arena album, and having only two releases under the band's belt, Barren Cross pulled into the International Ballroom in Pico Rivera, CA to record this game changing live release. For many, Barren Cross defined "heavy metal" and Hotter Than Hell! Live only confirmed that conviction. Studio albums are supposed to be produced, calculated, and pristine. Live albums are supposed to let the band breathe and let the musician's talent and expertise shine though with no filters. That's exactly what happens with Hotter Than Hell! And that is why the band comes across like a full-throttle freight train - louder and more theatrical with an elite vocal performance and exquisite shredding guitars creating a metallic landscape making any metal fan feel compelled to instantly shoot up the Dio metal horns. The album also give bassist, Jim LaVerde the chance to thump his bass into oblivion, wielding his axe to some very memorable moments. Also included are two songs not found on any other Barren Cross release - "Opus To The Third Heaven" which is an all-out band jam and might be their most artistic and creative venture ever. The second unreleased track is "King Jesus & Blues Jam" which is a bluesy metal romp with non-stop soloing and elite axemanship. What cannot be denied is the sheer quality of every song on this live album as it includes 14 of the most important metal anthems that impacted the lives of metal fans in the 1980's. The 2020 Retroactive Records reissue gives this powerful album the deluxe treatment it deserves with an expanded booklet and a brilliant remaster that allows the magic of the original release to impact the listener more powerfully than ever before. So never forget, "he's the rock, the great I Am, the reason why we sing, he's the King of kings, the master of all things, the power and the source, the everlasting force."

TRACKLISTING: 01. Imaginary Music 02. Dying Day 03. Killers Of The Unborn 04. Close To The Edge 05. Going Nowhere 06. Dead Lock 07. Opus To The Third Heaven (non-lp Track) 08. King Of Kings 09. In The Eye Of The Fire 10. Rock For The King 11. Light The Flame 12. Terrorist Child 13. King Jesus & Blues Jam (non-lp Track) 14. Give Your Life


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-11--0001
Item # : 552713     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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3 - BARREN CROSS - RATTLE YOUR CAGE - (CD) 
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Released in 1994, this album got sandwiched between trendy grunge rock and alternative hipsters that thought "metal" was a dirty word. Metal bands were having the life sucked out of them. "Hairband" was a derogatory term, and stars of the LA Strip scene were treated like an embarrassing drunk uncle. Despite the anti-metal sentiments, Barren Cross defied all odds and put out an epic classic metal/hard rock album on Rugged Records. That label folded and the album went out of print almost as soon as it was released. While their 80s albums were more polished power metal meets LA glam, Rattle Your Cage has a production that is somewhat raw and stripped down. It's special to hear the band ripping full-throttle bluesy hard rock with an ever so slight 1970s throw back sound reminiscent of Die Happy and Badlands. Though a couple tracks here sound like they could have easily fit on the State of Control era format, expect classic American-styled hard rock featuring one AOR anthem after another. Fully remastered by Bombworks Sound for CD and Vinyl these deluxe reissue are vastly improved with all new artwork by Scott Waters of NoLifeTilMetal. The CD comes with a band foil-stamped trading card and the vinyl record comes with a 12x12 full color lyrics insert. For fans of Great White, Cinderella, Giant, and Black Stone Cherry, Kiss, and especially Guns N' Roses!

TRACKLISTING: 01. Rattle Your Cage 02. Here I Am 03. Unsuspecting 04. No Time To Run 05. Sick 06. Somewhere Far Away 07. Feed The Fire 08. Let It Go Let It Die 09. Time For Love 10. J.r.m. 11. Your Will 12. Midnight Son


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-11--0001
Item # : 552714     
Availability: IN STOCK
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4 - BARREN CROSS - RATTLE YOUR CAGE - (LP) 
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Released in 1994, this album got sandwiched between trendy grunge rock and alternative hipsters that thought "metal" was a dirty word. Metal bands were having the life sucked out of them. "Hairband" was a derogatory term, and stars of the LA Strip scene were treated like an embarrassing drunk uncle. Despite the anti-metal sentiments, Barren Cross defied all odds and put out an epic classic metal/hard rock album on Rugged Records. That label folded and the album went out of print almost as soon as it was released. While their 80s albums were more polished power metal meets LA glam, Rattle Your Cage has a production that is somewhat raw and stripped down. It's special to hear the band ripping full-throttle bluesy hard rock with an ever so slight 1970s throw back sound reminiscent of Die Happy and Badlands. Though a couple tracks here sound like they could have easily fit on the State of Control era format, expect classic American-styled hard rock featuring one AOR anthem after another. Fully remastered by Bombworks Sound for CD and Vinyl these deluxe reissue are vastly improved with all new artwork by Scott Waters of NoLifeTilMetal. The CD comes with a band foil-stamped trading card and the 180 Gram Vinyl record comes with a 12x12 full color lyrics insert. For fans of Great White, Cinderella, Giant, and Black Stone Cherry, Kiss, and especially Guns N' Roses!

TRACKLISTING: 01. Rattle Your Cage 02. Here I Am 03. Unsuspecting 04. No Time To Run 05. Sick 06. Somewhere Far Away 07. Feed The Fire 08. Let It Go Let It Die 09. Time For Love 10. J.r.m. 11. Your Will 12. Midnight Son


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 18-03-2022
Item # : 555455     
Availability: IN STOCK
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5 - BARREN CROSS - STATE OF CONTROL - (CD) 
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Remember those metal cassettes in your collection that had the song titles worn off, and even if you weren't religious you prayed that it would play just one more time for fear it would wear out? 1989's State of Control by Barren Cross was that cassette in many-a-metal fan's collection. Along with Stryper and Guardian, Barren Cross was one of the few bands that actually appealed to metal fans who didn't shop in Christian bookstores for their music. With the band's third release they once again expanded their lyrical content to tackle real-life issues like racism and relationships. Mike Lee shows more diversity with this vocal performance by channeling his inner Bruce Dickinson with a raspy voice and the operatic vocals showing only for the higher notes and choruses. The impact of producers John and Dino Elefante is significant with State. adding even more AOR pitch-perfect choruses in the background that gives this melodic heavy metal album its fair share of commercial appeal. One thing is for sure, the album includes exquisite rhythm parts, amazing solos, and everything you expect from elite heavy metal which is why it came in at #32 on the CMR Top 100 Christian Metal Albums. The 2020 Retroactive Records reissue is a collector's dream featuring a 16-page insert and a brilliant remaster (finally!). And, as a special treat for fans, this reissue includes both bonus tracks, "Your Love Gives" and "Escape in the Night." Few metal albums impacted the scene and the kingdom like State of Control. Enjoy!

TRACKLISTING: 01. State Of Control 02. Out Of Time 03. Cryin' Over You 04. A Face In The Dark 05. The Stage Of Intensity 06. Hard Lies 07. Inner War 08. Love At Full Volume 09. Bigotry Man (who Are You) 10. Two Thousand Years 11. Your Love Gives (bonus Track Exclusive) 12. Escape In The Night (bonus Track Exclusive)


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 30-11--0001
Item # : 552715     
Availability: IN STOCK
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