Barren Cross started life in 1984 by guitarist and vocalist Ray Parris and Steve Whitaker (drums), who in turn recruited Mickey Dee (guitar/vocals) and Jim La Verde (bass/guitar/vocals) at a time when most people thought that Christian Metal began and ended with Stryper and the whole movement was still very much in its infancy. In stark contrast to the other Christian Heavy Metal acts like Guardian or Stryper, Barren Cross played with a lyrical conviction previously reserved only for those announcing the conquests of Satan and the like.
In 1985 they released the self-financed debut Believer, which was enough to grab the attention of U.S. based Christian record label Starsong' to release their follow-up Rock For The King (1986). Although it failed to chart significantly they were nonetheless improving for Enigma' came calling to release their more melodic effort Atomic Arena (1987) the next year. Their music reflected more of the style of Judas Priest proving they didn't have to be poppy to be Christian, but that music taste was clearly not reflected amongst their more secular listeners. State Of Control (1989) would be their first trans-Atlantic release followed closely by their first (and only) live effort Hotter Than Hell (1990). Now on an independent label, their swansong came in 1994, after a long break, titled Rattle Your Cage and they were silent again thereafter.