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Country USA

Style CCM Hard Rock/Metal


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, bandleader, primary songwriter and producer 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, until Rex and Scott rejoined in 2000.

Whitecross has won three Dove Awards with Triumphant Return (in 1990) and In the Kingdom (in 1992) winning “Metal Album of the Year” 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.

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 South America. During this time, Whitecross went on hiatus before re-emerging at Cornerstone Festival in 2000 when Carroll and Wenzel reformed the “classic” lineup 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, Carroll and Wenzel reunited 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.

Whitecross Hammer   Nail Triumphant Return In the Kingdom High Gear Unveiled Equilibrium Flytrap Nineteen Eighty Seven

– Whitecross [1987]
– Hammer & Nail [1988]
– Triumphant Return [1989]
– In the Kingdom [1991]
– High Gear [1992]
– Unveiled [1994]
– Equilibrium [1995]
– Flytrap [1996]
– Nineteen Eighty Seven [2005]

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