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Artist: Petra

Title: Beyond Belief

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Petra Beyond Belief Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1990

Label: Word/Epic

Catalog Number: EK 48546


John Schlitt vocals
Louie Weaver drums
John Lawry keyboards
Bob Hartman guitars
Ronny Cates bass


1.  Armed and Dangerous  
2.  I Am On the Rock  
3.  Creed  
4.  Beyond Belief  
5.  Love  
6.  Underground  
7.  Seen and Not Heard  
8.  Last Daze  
9.  What's in a Man  
10.  Prayer  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: josh Date: July 16, 2001 at 10:50
this is the greatest christian rock cd ever.

From: Harry Date: November 27, 2001 at 7:48
Great Sounding Base Guitar. I prefer former Petra lead singer;Greg X. Volz Vocals over John Schlitt's anyday. I think hearing Willie Nelson with Strep Throat sounds better than listening to John Schlitt.

From: Jack Date: April 7, 2002 at 23:10
Has anyone ever told John Schlitt that he has a frog in his throat?

From: Cobra Date: April 20, 2002 at 6:22
Hey now, don't go dissing one Christian music's greatest vocalists ever. Just because you don't care for his style doesn't mean he can't sing. John Schlitt has an incredble rock voice with an amazing range. No one with any musical background whatsoever can deny his talent... btw, this is probably Petra's greatest album of all time. The guitar chords rocked, and the lyrics were powerfull and inspiring.

From: koogles Date: October 23, 2002 at 11:06
Best Petra CD ever. They change styles with the times & get a lot of flak for doing so, but you can't deny what's going on here. Killer hooks (despite a ripoff of Kiss' "Heaven's on Fire" on "Seen & Not Heard")! Top vocal harmonies put them in the same league as Stryper, Halo, Mastedon. "I Am On The Rock"... I remember roller-skating to that one on Christian Nite in Port Huron, MI. "Armed & Dangerous" & title track are also EXPLOSIVE songs that whip you back in your seat just listening to 'em!

From: Jack Date: December 16, 2002 at 21:51
Hey I'm sorry for dissing John Schlitt. But to say his voice has an amazing range, yeh, the same amount as scraping your fingernails across a chalk board. I can't think of a better person who can "Squeal" for Jesus.

From: Dryan Date: February 3, 2003 at 15:33
Excellent...detail ''Seen and not heart = Heaven's on fire'',

From: Date: March 4, 2003 at 1:50
I think John Schlitt is an awesome singer.One of the best! I don't know how you can not love him.

From: Tyler Date: October 17, 2003 at 2:01
My favorite Petra CD.

From: Jay Date: November 16, 2003 at 4:46
What is all this crap about Seen and Not Heard sounding like the Kiss song "Heaven's on Fire"? The chorus RIFFS kind of sound like it a little, and even the ending sounds different, and the verses/bridge sound different. I'm sure it wasn't done on purpose. Anyways, yes, I'd have to say this album rocks hard and I wish this music was still popular today!

From: Joe Date: January 14, 2004 at 1:25
An excellent album as are most of Petras. Whether it's Greg X Volz or John Schlitt at the mic, bottom line is it all sounds good. These guys can sing and their lyrics are solid and uncomprimising. That's why they have been around so long.

From: Goon 23 Date: March 21, 2004 at 19:13
What's not to love? This is one of my all time favotite albums

From: TIM (2) Date: June 4, 2004 at 4:16
Am delighted to see Petra on this site. This was probably their finest moment for my money, although far from their heaviest. The title track is the best Petra track of all time, awesome chorus and big harmonies.

From: Scandinavia Date: July 24, 2004 at 18:16
Just picked this one up!!! Amazing!! They're so professional...It's awesome!!

From: Simao Date: September 28, 2004 at 4:10

From: Rene Date: February 6, 2005 at 14:05
I would say a HARD ROCK/HARD AOR master piece. One of my all time favorite PETRA songs is on this album:UNDERGROUND. So good that you will go to heaven ha ha ha. GREATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT ALBUMMMMMMMMMMMM FOR ANY MELODIC HARD ROCK FAN THAT LOVES 80S SO MUCH(even if this Raw out back in 1990)

From: AOR freaky Date: February 6, 2005 at 14:51
I do agree, Rene. Good release !

From: Wachen Date: February 14, 2005 at 12:24
Even if you're not into Christian music in general this is a must buy! Any A.O.R.-fan can't be without this one, John Schlitt is amazing throughout the whole record and there's actually not a weak song on this one! Top class, Jesus Christ would have loved this one!

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: April 28, 2005 at 13:32
La continuación a su fabuloso "On Fire" si obviamos el paréntesis q supuso ese raro "Petra Praise.." Por lo tanto en lo musical pocas variaciones con "On Fire",continuan con su particular Rock Melódico donde los teclados ya no es que echen chispas sino q en temazos como "Underground","Creed" o "Beyond Belief" practicamente arden.Por lo demás poco mas que comentar,lo habitual en esta bandaroducción muy cuidada y la voz de Juanito dando por culo durante casi 45 minutos BUEN ROCK MELODICO.

From: Connaisseur Date: April 28, 2005 at 15:45
my favorite Petra album...

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 30, 2005 at 21:28
Great Christian Melodic Hard Rock album, claro que si Jose este junto al On Fire 2 discos de Altisimo nivel y lo mejor de ellos, que dcir del album plagado de grandes cortes como Creed, Beyond Belief, Underground(mis favoritos) Last Daze, Armed and Dangerous... completo de principio a fin, una musica dedicada al mas grande de todos :coolios y claro a mortales con gran gusto como nosotros, aunque yo soy Inmortal jejeje, God is The Best, albums asi son Imprescindibles.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 30, 2005 at 21:29
Dios el mas grande de todos.

From: Lovedrive Date: May 7, 2005 at 12:42
Cojonudo! Para mi no tan bueno como On fire! pero con temas excelentes, como I am on the rock o Beyond Belief.

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From: Jez Date: May 18, 2005 at 11:12
Another blast from the past this one and an absolute stormer of an album. This one is chock full of great songs with more hooks than your average band could dream about. I honestly cannot fault any of the material on this and it is without doubt Petra's finest hour and along with The Brave's 'Battlecries' album, the best CCM Melodic rock album ever released.

From: Swazi Date: September 11, 2005 at 13:42
This is a phantastic album ! Nothing more to add to what Jez has been saying.

From: Joshy St. Jaimz Date: November 15, 2005 at 18:58
Magic. Pure Magic. This is a cracker from start to finish. The rockin' 'Armed and Dangerous', my fave the awesome 'I Am On The Rock', 'Underground', 'Creed', 'Beyond Belief', and yes the track 'Seen and not Heard' seems to borrow from KISS' 'Heaven's On Fire', but so what? Killer tune on a killer album. Let's all praise the Lord for the existence of Petra!

From: ROBERT Date: July 12, 2006 at 13:02
Yo me sigo kedando con el On Fire, pero se puede decir q este es la continuacion del otro... Temas recomendados: CREED - Hard Melodico al mas puro estilo Petra... UNDERGROUND - Vaya tela las teclas... "vuelan" por todas partes... BEYOND BELIEF - Kizas mi prefe! PRAYER - Baladon dd los haya! me recuerda horrores a mi favorito d eyos: FIRST LOVE (q estaba en el anterior) SEEN AND NOT HEARD - con ese inicio y estribiyo calcadito a lo Heaven's on Fire d Kiss!! LAST DAZE - Tb muy Buena! Un Buen disco

From: Zze Date: November 1, 2007 at 13:55
I am not a real Petra Fan, but their more "AOR" oriented series of CDs have great stuff to offer to the listeners. Beyond Belief is a absolute classic with lots of hooks and classics that gave birth to a lot of CCM eternalized hits. probably my favourite Petra CD.

From: camelot66 Date: January 12, 2008 at 11:32
I got this cd today and I am absolutley stuned by this incredible performance,Song nummber 3 is just breathtaking and brilliant,tremdous piece of melodic-AOR Rock,I have allways been looking for Magic and this is just a great cd,you could nearley praise Petra for this Album,instead of God,it is that good,the Lord will be proud of this message to the rest of the World,Masterpiece.

From: kipvanpearcy Date: January 13, 2008 at 15:00
Christian rock is usually lame and the praising quickly get old but if I could recommaned one christian rock CD, this would be the one. The music is excellent, there isn't a filler. Too bad it's CCR.

From: JamesEagle Date: February 25, 2010 at 16:12
Another album where I'm stunned by the comments on HH. I thought the songs on here were awful! As others have said, the chorus of 'Seen and Not Heard' is almost identical to 'Heavens On Fire' by Kiss. Not even one of Kiss' better songs, yet probably one of the best choruses on the album. Having said that, for me only 'Armed and Dangerous' and 'Underground' were at all bearable, the other songs are terrible. 'Prayer' is possibly the sappiest song I've ever heard and certainly one of the worst. Hopefully I'll get £2 or £3 for this on eBay. 5/100

From: Geoff Date: February 25, 2010 at 17:01
Yeah James, I'm probably closer to your thoughts on this than the rest of the reviews. I haven't heard 'Unseen Power' yet, but from what I have heard of Petra this is clearly their best CD, but it's still far from magnificent. It has a cool sound but the actual song quality is mixed at best. A few cool melodic rock tunes scattered throughout the disc, but constantly terrible lyrics do take away from some of the enjoyment. Good for Petra, but compared to the big guns of the genre, or even the big guns of christian hard rock at the time (eg. Holy Soldier, Stryper, The Brave, Bloodgood) it's really quite average.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: March 6, 2011 at 14:51
Petra's moment of perfection, their magnum opus, the pinnacle of their career, and one of the greatest Christian hard rock albums of all time. Once again the band pushed their righteous rock sound into tougher, heavier-edged territory, forcing the keyboard influence to take a backseat to the barrage of beefy power chords. The album title is most appropriate, because everything about it--the production, the hooks, the lyrics, the choruses, the backing vocals--are beyond belief.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: March 23, 2011 at 14:26
This was my first album by Petra ever!!!(bought it on cassette back when it came out)...never had the chance to comment it up to now and well,what can i say,a great album indeed(for some this is one of their best works)..."Underground" & "Last Daze" are my personal favourites but also add to the list "Armed & Dangerous","I Am On The Rock","Creed"(wonderful song!)& "Prayer"(beautiful ballad)...recommended...93/100

From: 123charpenay Date: January 26, 2012 at 13:01
marvellous christian rock record.the last song track 10 is not sensational a little boring.but the rest waouh is top class hard fm.this album is a masterpiece of christian rock like the " legend" and "legend seven" albums.

From: elljam Date: April 6, 2012 at 5:47
This is one of the more consistent Petra releases with the only duff tracks being the two ballads "Love" & " Prayer". The rest of the songs are in the good rather than great category, with "Armed & dangerous" being the pick of the bunch. As a few have mentioned the chorus to "Seen & not heard" is a rip-off of Kiss's "Heaven's on fire" (I'm surprised Gene Simmons lawyers haven't been on the case seeking to top up his pension fund, even though he didn't even write the song. Overall, good but not great.

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