claSSic petRa Back To the Rock (Classic Petra LLC) FOR FANS OF: Stryper, Kansas, John Elefante QQQ Classic rock pioneers Classic Petra are back together with their celebrated ‘80s line-up consisting of singer Greg x. volz, guitarist Bob Hartman, bassist Mark kelly, keyboardist John Lawry and drummer Louie Weaver. The result is a studio CD that highlights new versions of ten oldies with modern production values (including “More Power To Ya” and “Grave Robber”). The two new cuts, “Back To the Rock” and “Too Big to fail,” both recall the group’s glory days, doused with a reflective and contemporary flavoring. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “More Power To Ya” anthem lightS Anthem Lights (Reunion Records) FOR FANS OF: The Afters, OneRepublic, Remedy Drive QQQ Coming out of the campus scene at Liberty university, Anthem Lights explodes with youthful exuberance, alongside a lyrical depth about living a life with purpose that can simultaneously connect with peers and their parents. The ten tracks on its label debut were cleanly produced by The Write Brothers (Newsboys, Me in Motion) and Rob Hawkins (Fireflight, Chasen), which find the foursome switching up between straight forward modern rock and electronically-enhanced pop. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Lifeline” aBanDon KanSaS Ad Astra per Aspera (Gotee Records) FOR FANS OF: House of Heroes, Deas Vail, The Wedding QQQQ for those who like their rock on the alternative side of the dial, Abandon kansas has quickly become a go-to act for consistent creativity and challenging lyrics. on Ad Astra Per Aspera (the Latin phrase form, to the stars through difficulties) the group speaks of pressing on through obstacles, overcoming anxieties and indulging their cerebral side. All the while, the chilling guitars collide with lush arrangements, running the gamut of dreamy to gritty to downright catchy. –Andy Argyrakis WE LIKE: “Like It Or Not” RocK ReviewS All release dates and album titles are subject to change. For the most up-to-date release schedule, visit RocK new ReleaSeS 05.03.2011 HYLAND WeIGhTS & MeASuReS TooTH & NAiL RECoRDS/ EMiCMG 05.10.2011 ANTHEM LiGHTS ANTheM LIGhTS REuNioN RECoRDS/ PRoviDENT 05.17.2011 SWiMMiNG WiTH DoLPHiNS WATeR COLOuRS TooTH AND NAiL RECoRDS/ EMiCMG JESSA ANDERSoN NOT MYSeLF ANYMORe BEC RECoRDiNGS/EMiCMG THE CHARioT BeFORe TheRe WAS TooTH & NAiL/EMiCMG roCk 40 CCM