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Bride was formed in Louisville, Kentucky in the early 80s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. Going by the name Matrix at first, the brothers started writing music and recording demos in 1983. They recorded four demos and started selling them at concerts and through magazines, trying to gain some attention. In 1986, the band opened for the popular Christian rock group from Canada called Daniel Band in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. This performance caught the eye of an agent of Refuge Records. He decided to sign them to their new label oriented to metal music.
The band, already consisting of guitarist Steve Osborne, bassist Scott Hall, and
drummer Stephen Rolland, officially changed their name to Bride and went on to
record "Show No Mercy" and "Live to Die" in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

After a change in line-up, they recorded "Silence is Madness" in 1989. With their contract with Pure Metal about to end, the band released "End of the Age" in 1990, which is a compilation album of hits of their first three albums. The album indeed signaled the 'end of an age' as the band went on to change their metal roots to a mellower hardrock sound more attoned to the mainstream hardrock of the era. With bassist Rick Foley and drummer Jerry McBroom filling the line-up, and a new record deal with Starsong, the band released "Kinetic Faith" in 1991. The album spawned some hits in commercial radio, and the band continued to focus on that road. They followed it with "Snakes In The Playground" and "Scarecrow Messiah" (which had great success, especially "Snakes In The Playground" before releasing yet another compilation called "Shotgun Wedding" and finally parting ways with Starsong in 1995.

That same year, the band decided to sign a one-record deal with a new label called Rugged Records. They also welcomed new bassist, Steve Curtsinger. With them, the band departed more from their heavy side and went on a completely different route with "Drop" in the same 1995. Following recommendations of producer and friend John Elefante, the band went on to sign with Organic Records, another up and coming label that was eager to pick them up. In 1997, they released "The Jesus Experience" which followed a more alternative-oriented rock style. Next year, they released "Oddities".

After some differences with the label, the band asked to be dropped of their contract. Sometime after, McBroom and Curtsinger left to pursue other projects. They were replaced with Lawrence Bishop and Mike Loy. Being picked up by Absolute Records and veering into rapcore territory, the band released "Fist Full of Bees" in 2001. In 2003, the band independently released an album called "This Is It", which marks a return to groove-oriented Hard Rock. And in 2006, the new "Skin For Skin"
album returns Bride to it's Heavy Metal roots from the late 1980's era.

Read more about Bride here:

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Metal, Rock, Progressive Metal
Kentucky, USA
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Overall Rating computed from Album Ratings
Year Title Rating Views
2014 Into The Matrix 747
2013 Incorruptible 985
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 862
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 860
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 883
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 887
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 869
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 891
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 871
2009 In Your Face (live) 1027
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 910
2009 Tsar Bomba 1210
2006 Skin For Skin 8775
2006 Very Best of Bride 6077
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 6185
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1332
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 800
2006 Across The Border 800
2005 Snakes Alive 6644
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1323
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1127
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1322
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1387
2003 This Is It 6247
2003 RAW (demo) 970
2002 The Organic Years 1162
2001 Fist Full of Bees 6405
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 1061
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 1041
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 1856
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 1751
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 1554
2000 The Best Of Bride 1347
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 495
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 8398
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 744
1998 Oddities 7180
1998 Oddities (VHS) 1140
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 642
1997 The Jesus Experience 6090
1997 The Worm 1533
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 1130
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 5577
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1136
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 636
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 682
1995 Drop 6438
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 5574
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 623
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 7447
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 2072
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 1716
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 6145
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 696
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 2747
1992 Snakes In The Playground 9339
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 4632
1991 Kinetic Faith 6632
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 5769
1989 Silence Is Madness 7475
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1424
1989 Demo 252
1988 Live To Die 7025
1986 Show No Mercy 7186

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Nov 19, 2014 10:40:43 AM
One of my favorite bands of all time. The old heavy metal albums Live To Die and Silence Is Madness are still favorites. But loved newer albums like This Is It and Skin For Skin as well as many others.
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