BARREN CROSS - ATOMIC ARENA (*NEW-CD, 2020, Retroactive Records) Must-have Remaster!
- 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.
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