PETRA BEAT THE SYSTEM COLORED CASSETTE
- PETRA - BEAT THE SYSTEM (Purple) GR1094CS
Beat The System is a synth-rock album from top to bottom. While the program heavy sound fit the lyrical theme of the album, and the trends at radio in 1985, some fans initially bristled at their favorite rock band’s digital direction. Catchy songwriting, and a prescient theme, however, has helped the album to age well. As a capstone to the Volz era of the band, and a snapshot of Bob Hartman’s ability to adapt to changing styles and trends in rock and pop, Beat The System stands out in Petra’s considerable catalog.
But you are about to hear this album in all it's glory. You'll understand once the needle drops or the CDs starts that this was not only relevant for today but that the tempo and rhythm
- Beat The System 4:22
- Computer Brains 4:01
- Clean 3:01
- It Is Finished 3:52
- Voice In The Wind 4:30
- God Gave Rock And Roll To You 3:54
- Witch Hunt 4:34
- Hollow Eyes 4:03
- Speak To The Sky 4:16
- Adonai 4:42
On This Means War The Elefantes brought the rock in a big way, with monster drums, stacked vocals, and everything sounding like it was born for arenas. Hartman’s fist-in-the-air, slogan-ready lyrics continued to define the Christian rock template and Schlitt’s vocal found the perfect balance between sneer and smile. When Petra regathered for their second project with new vocalist John Schlitt and producers John and Dino Elefante, they ditched the flying spaceship guitar, pushed the keyboards way back in the mix in deference to highly processed and crunchy guitars, and embraced a militaristic lyrical and visual theme that was perfectly in step with the Reagan era. It all came together perfectly and a new era was born for the band. Petra meant rock after all.
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