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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 575
2013 Incorruptible 807
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 704
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 702
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 713
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 733
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 698
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 716
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 725
2009 In Your Face (live) 868
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 749
2009 Tsar Bomba 1065
2006 Skin For Skin 7058
2006 Very Best of Bride 4626
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 4581
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1183
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 659
2006 Across The Border 651
2005 Snakes Alive 4699
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1180
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1017
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1181
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1216
2003 This Is It 4536
2003 RAW (demo) 836
2002 The Organic Years 1036
2001 Fist Full of Bees 4934
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 901
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 917
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 1690
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 1609
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 1411
2000 The Best Of Bride 1181
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 367
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 6096
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 607
1998 Oddities 5222
1998 Oddities (VHS) 953
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 517
1997 The Jesus Experience 4964
1997 The Worm 1379
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 991
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 4213
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1002
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 510
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 538
1995 Drop 5149
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 4239
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 507
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 5706
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 1918
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 1554
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 4564
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 576
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 2309
1992 Snakes In The Playground 7805
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 3595
1991 Kinetic Faith 5262
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 4629
1989 Silence Is Madness 5797
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1273
1989 Demo 78
1988 Live To Die 5543
1986 Show No Mercy 5881

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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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