Friday, November 12, 2021

Petra - This Means War! (1987)

Petra - This Means War! (1987)


Tracklist front / back album covers


"This Means War!" – 3:30

"He Came, He Saw, He Conquered" (Music by Hartman and John Elefante) – 4:10

"Get on Your Knees and Fight Like a Man" – 4:32

"I Am Available" – 4:27

"Kenaniah" (Words by Hartman, John Lawry & Danny Kingen; Music by Lawry & Kingen) – 3:43

"You Are My Rock" (Music by John & Dino Elefante) – 4:21

"The Water Is Alive" – 3:48

"Don't Let Your Heart Be Hardened" – 3:41

"Dead Reckoning" – 3:23

"All the King's Horses" – 4:17




Petra Band Members / Musicians

Bob Hartman - Guitar

John Schlitt - Lead Vocals

John Lawry - Keyboards, background vocals

Mark Kelly - Bass, background vocals

Louie Weaver - Drums

Tom Hrbacek and Los Alamitos High School Marching Drummers - Percussion ("This Means War")


John & Dino Elefante - Producer

Engineered by John & Dino Elefante, and Mike Mireau

Recorded and Mixed at Pakaderm Studio, Los Alamitos, California

Mastered at Future Disc, Los Angeles, California by Steve Hall



This Means War! is the 9th studio album of the Christian rock band, Petra. It was released in 1987.

In this album, the band started to refine their movement into a more hard rock/arena rock sound, still retaining keyboard synthesizers to back the driving guitar work. This album also signaled the beginning of a military motif present in the song lyrics that the band would carry through several of their following albums.

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