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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 486
2013 Incorruptible 722
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 629
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 622
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 635
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 653
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 619
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 641
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 644
2009 In Your Face (live) 791
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 678
2009 Tsar Bomba 980
2006 Skin For Skin 6395
2006 Very Best of Bride 4108
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 4071
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1120
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 597
2006 Across The Border 589
2005 Snakes Alive 4170
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1120
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 959
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1122
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1147
2003 This Is It 3983
2003 RAW (demo) 776
2002 The Organic Years 973
2001 Fist Full of Bees 4233
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 841
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 859
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 1618
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 1541
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 1341
2000 The Best Of Bride 1115
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 314
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 5229
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 541
1998 Oddities 4570
1998 Oddities (VHS) 884
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 464
1997 The Jesus Experience 4450
1997 The Worm 1311
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 934
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 3754
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 946
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 455
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 477
1995 Drop 4630
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 3807
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 449
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 5121
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 1854
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 1494
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 4102
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 518
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 2154
1992 Snakes In The Playground 7192
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 3226
1991 Kinetic Faith 4747
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 4178
1989 Silence Is Madness 5335
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1190
1989 Demo 11
1988 Live To Die 5149
1986 Show No Mercy 5432

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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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