Album cover

This Means War! is the ninth studio album from Christian rock band Petra. It was released in 1987 by Star Song Records. It is the last album to feature bassist Mark Kelly.

Album historyEdit

Petra entered the studio after finishing their Back to the Street Tour in December 1986. This Means War! was recorded and mixed at Pakaderm Studio in Los Alamitos, California by brothers John and Dino Elefante. Mastering was done at Future Disc Systems by Steve Hall.


This Means War! was the fourth Petra album to be nominated for a Grammy Award. It was nominated in the category of Best Performance by a Gospel Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

  1. "This Means War!" – 3:30
  2. "He Came, He Saw, He Conquered" (Music by Hartman and John Elefante) – 4:10
  3. "Get on Your Knees and Fight Like a Man" – 4:32
  4. "I Am Available" – 4:27
  5. "Kenaniah" (Words by Hartman, John Lawry & Danny Kingen; Music by Lawry & Kingen) – 3:43
  6. "You Are My Rock" (Music by John & Dino Elefante) – 4:21
  7. "The Water Is Alive" – 3:48
  8. "Don't Let Your Heart Be Hardened" – 3:41
  9. "Dead Reckoning" – 3:23
  10. "All the King's Horses" – 4:17



Petra band This Means War 1987

This Means War promotional picture (l to r: Hartman, Weaver, Schlitt, Lawry, Kelly

Additional musiciansEdit

Recording and productionEdit

  • John Elefante – Producer, engineer, arrangements, additional programming
  • Dino Elefante – Producer, engineer, arrangements
  • Mike Mireau – Recording engineer

Art designEdit

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