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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 616
2013 Incorruptible 841
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 741
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 735
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 746
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 766
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 729
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 747
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 755
2009 In Your Face (live) 896
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 777
2009 Tsar Bomba 1098
2006 Skin For Skin 7370
2006 Very Best of Bride 4975
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 4869
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1209
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 683
2006 Across The Border 678
2005 Snakes Alive 5081
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1208
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1044
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1206
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1241
2003 This Is It 4846
2003 RAW (demo) 859
2002 The Organic Years 1065
2001 Fist Full of Bees 5214
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 924
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 943
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 1725
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 1635
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 1441
2000 The Best Of Bride 1207
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 392
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 6542
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 634
1998 Oddities 5571
1998 Oddities (VHS) 980
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 537
1997 The Jesus Experience 5207
1997 The Worm 1415
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 1012
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 4470
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1024
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 530
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 558
1995 Drop 5404
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 4483
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 533
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 6024
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 1948
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 1585
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 4875
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 597
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 2391
1992 Snakes In The Playground 8099
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 3839
1991 Kinetic Faith 5540
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 4851
1989 Silence Is Madness 6034
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1298
1989 Demo 111
1988 Live To Die 5852
1986 Show No Mercy 6132

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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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