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Whitecross

Whitecross
Origin Waukegan, Illinois, US
Genres Heavy metal, Christian metal, hard rock
Years active 1985–present
Labels Pure Metal, Star Song
Members

Whitecross is a Christian metal band that formed in 1985 in Waukegan, IL releasing their first recording in 1987. Their early albums, which often invite comparisons to Ratt, are laced with fast, technical guitar work. In 1994, Rex Carroll split with lead vocalist Scott Wenzel. Scott retained the use of the name "Whitecross" while Rex went on to form King James with Jimi Bennett (see below). At this point the band's sound underwent a drastic change.

Whitecross has won three Dove Awards with Triumphant Return (in 1990) and In the Kingdom (in 1992) winning "Metal Album of the Year"[1] and Come unto the Light from the Unveiled album winning "Hard Music Recorded Song of the Year" at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1994.[2]

In 1994 prior to work starting on the Unveiled album, guitarist Rex Carroll left to form the band King James and pursue other musical ventures. In 1998, singer Scott Wenzel took a two-year break to do mission work in Paraguay, South America. During this time, Whitecross went on hiatus before re-emerging at Cornerstone Festival in 2000 when Carroll and Wenzel re-formed the band with Rex, Scott, Michael Feighan and newcomer Benny Ramos providing bass, keyboards and vocals. Finally having achieved a long-sought lineup stability, the band started performing on a regular basis.

In 2005, the band went back into the studio to record Nineteen Eighty Seven, which featured re-recordings of nine of the ten songs from the band's self-titled debut album (You're Mine being the exclusion), as well as a re-recording of the song Love on the Line (previously unavailable on CD) and a new guitar instrumental by Rex Carroll.

On April 5, 2008, they played at the Legends of Rock festival in Ennepetal, Germany. Beginning in July 2008, they played the first of several short tours in Guatemala featuring shows in Guatemala City, Panajachel, Huehuetenango, among other cities.

On March 12, 2011, Rex made post on his Facebook page announcing that he is "working on some guitar tracks for new Whitecross songs" which is likely to be for their new album.[3]

Contents

  • Albums 1
    • With Rex Carroll 1.1
    • Without Rex Carroll 1.2
    • Compilations 1.3
  • Videos 2
  • Members of Whitecross 3
    • Current members 3.1
    • Former members 3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Albums

With Rex Carroll

Album Year
Whitecross 1987
Love on the Line (EP) 1988
Hammer & Nail 1988
Triumphant Return 1989
In the Kingdom 1991
High Gear 1992
Nineteen Eighty Seven 2005

Without Rex Carroll

Album Year
Unveiled 1994
Equilibrium 1995
Flytrap 1996
Unveiled (re-issue) 2005

Compilations

Album Year
At Their Best 1991
To the Limit 1993
By Demand 1995
One More Encore 1998
Mega 3 Collection 2005
The Very Best of Whitecross 2006
Their Classic Hits 2009

Videos

Members of Whitecross

Current members

  • Scott Wenzel - lead vocals (1985–present)
  • Rex Carroll - guitar and vocals (1985–1993, 2000–present)
  • Michael Feighan - drums and vocals (1991–1995, 2000–present)
  • Benny Ramos - bass and vocals (2000–present)

Former members

Guitars
Drums
  • Mark Hedl (1987–1988)
  • Mike Elliott (1989)
  • Troy Stone (1996)
Bass
  • Jon Sproule (1987–1988)
  • Rick Armstrong (1989)
  • Butch Dillon (1991)
  • Scott Harper (1992–1993)
  • Tracy Ferrie (1994–1995)
  • Brent Denny (1996)
Whitecross Hammer & Nail Triumphant Return In the Kingdom High Gear Unveiled Equilibrium Flytrap Nineteen Eighty Seven
Vocals Scott Wenzel
Guitars Rex Carroll Barry Graul Quinton Gibson Rex Carroll
Drums Mark Hedl Frank Liva Mike Feighan Troy Stone Mike Feighan
Bass Jon Sproule Rick Armstrong Butch Dillon Scott Harper Tracy Ferrie Brent Denny Benny Ramos

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dove Award Recipients for Hard Music Album".  
  2. ^ "Dove Award Recipients for 1995".  
  3. ^ http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1356463400&sk=wall Archived May 14, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  • Powell, Mark Allan (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.).  

External links

  • Whitecross @ ShoutLife Tribute
  • Scott Wenzel @ ShoutLife Tribute
  • Pictures from the reunion gig at Cornerstone 2002
  • Brief Whitecross biography
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