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Barren Cross

State of Control

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Category: CCM Heavy Metal

Year: 1989

Label: Enigma

Catalog Number: CD02540

Average Rating: 89 / 100 (3 ratings)

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Barren Cross State of Control Album Cover

Mike Lee lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Jim LaVerde bass, midi synth, background vocals
Steve Whitaker drums, background vocals
Ray Parris rhythm and lead guitars, acoustic guitars, background vocals
John Elefante producer
Dino Elefante producer
1.  State of Control  3:52
2.  Out of Time  4:08
3.  Cryin' Over You  4:52
4.  A Face in the Dark  3:55
5.  The Stage of Intensity  6:35
6.  Hard Lies  4:17
7.  Inner War  4:09
8.  Love at Full Volume  2:27
9.  Bigotry Man Who Are You  4:42
10.  Two Thousand Years  7:08
11.  Your Love Gives  3:50
Total Running Time:  49:55

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Cephas Date: April 22, 2002 at 9:02
Disappointing! Mike Lee's vocal range has become restricted to yelling. Ray Parris yet again puts on a guitar clinic - too bad no one thought to write any hooks into the songs, though. I was excited to get this after spinning "Rock for the King" umpteen hundred times. What a boring let-down! The lyrics have improved, dealing with issues like bigotry; but, they aren't as Christocentric. This one left me scratching my head & never went beyond one listen. Now, it lies in a dresser drawer.

From: Scott Date: February 5, 2003 at 16:31
Following in the footsteps of "Atomic Arena" Barren Cross created another power metal monster. This time around however, there were a couple more commercial sounding songs like "Hard Lies," but a majority of the disc is just quality power metal. "Two Thousand Years" and "Stage of Intensity" are two of my favorite Barren Cross songs ever! Both are epic power metal numbers with some killer vocals and guitar work. For a full review, check out:

From: Scott Date: February 7, 2003 at 1:54
There is another version of this CD as well that had a different track #11. "Your Love Gives" is replaced by "Escape in the Night".

From: drewman202 Date: April 14, 2003 at 18:12
Gotta love Barren Cross. You just can't help it. Mike Lee kills as usual. A couple of commercial songs thrown into the mix this time, but still a great heavy metal platter. Get it! Favorite tracks: Stage of Intensity, 2,000 Years.

From: Ben Date: February 19, 2004 at 3:00
one of my all time favorites. Mike Lee delivers like none since Bruce Dickenson.

From: Brandon Date: April 26, 2004 at 20:26
A great disc. Some very catchy tunes on here while still maintaining heavyness and raw power.

From: Tri-Rock Radio Date: July 25, 2004 at 3:48
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From: juan carlos Date: November 3, 2007 at 2:12
Gran disco pero menos Heavy que su fabuloso Atomic Arena. Temazos como "Out of Time" "Inner War" "The Stage of Intensity"(todas sonaron acá en Perú vía Radio Miraflores en el espacio de White Metal) o esa "State of Control" y "Two Thousand Years" mis favoritas. Muy Recomendable. 8.9/10

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