Barren Cross 3 CD BUNDLE Atomic Arena, State of Control & Hotter Than Hell! LIVE *(New-2020 Remastered CD)

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Three of the most treasured Christian metal reissues - remastered to perfection (yes - the remasters make a HUGE difference) and packed full of 16 page inserts in jewel cases.... BARREN CROSS - ATOMIC ARENA + STATE OF CONTROL + HOTTER THAN HELL! LIVE will be coming to you with all the bells and whistles collectors crave, plus remasters that add depth, fullness, and PUNCH!  We are offering the special pre-order price of just $13.99, and we encourage you to grab these now before the retail price jumps WAY up!  

BARREN CROSS - ATOMIC ARENA 


• Remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
• 16 page booklet / jewel case / layout by NoLifeTilMetal's Scott Waters
• Includes many rare and hard-to-find band photos with all lyrics inside insert
• Limited Edtion 1000 Units
• Part of the Legends Remastered Series
• Special write up by Retroactive Records owner, Matthew Hunt
ABOUT THE ALBUM
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. 

BARREN CROSS - STATE OF CONTROL + 2 BONUS

• Remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
• 16 page booklet / jewel case / layout by NoLifeTilMetal's Scott Waters
• Includes many rare and hard-to-find band photos with all lyrics inside insert
• Limited Edtion 1000 Units
• Part of the Legends Remastered Series
• Special write up by Retroactive Records owner, Matthew Hunt
• Includes the special bonus track only available on the original release distributed to Christian bookstores, Your Love Gives.
• Includes the special bonus track exclusive to those units distributed into the mainstream market, Escape In the Night.

ABOUT THE ALBUM
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!


BARREN CROSS - HOTTER THAN HELL! LIVE


(*NEW-CD, 2020, Retroactive Records) Must-have Remaster!
• Remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
• 12 page booklet / jewel case / layout by NoLifeTilMetal's Scott Waters
• Includes many rare and hard-to-find band photos inside insert
• Limited Edtion 1000 Units
• Part of the Legends Remastered Series
• Special write up by Retroactive Records owner, Matthew Hunt
• Includes two Non-LP Tracks
ABOUT THE ALBUM
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.”               
Tracklist


Imaginary Music 
Dying Day 
Killers Of The Unborn 
Close To The Edge 
Going Nowhere 
Dead Lock 
Opus To The Third Heaven (non-LP track)
King Of Kings 
In The Eye Of The Fire 
Rock For The King 
Light The Flame 
Terrorist Child 
King Jesus & Blues Jam (non-LP track)
Give Your Life

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