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!
State Of Control / Out Of Time / Cryin’ Over You / A Face In The Dark / The Stage Of Intensity
Hard Lies / Inner War / Love At Full Volume / Bigotry Man (Who Are You) / Two Thousand Years
Your Love Gives (bonus track) Escape In The Night (bonus track)
GENRE: Hard Rock/Aor