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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 526
2013 Incorruptible 759
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 658
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 655
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 667
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 687
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 648
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 673
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 674
2009 In Your Face (live) 822
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 708
2009 Tsar Bomba 1017
2006 Skin For Skin 6720
2006 Very Best of Bride 4360
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 4315
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1149
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 626
2006 Across The Border 616
2005 Snakes Alive 4417
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1147
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 984
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1148
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1179
2003 This Is It 4234
2003 RAW (demo) 801
2002 The Organic Years 1000
2001 Fist Full of Bees 4471
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 866
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 885
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 1652
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 1571
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 1371
2000 The Best Of Bride 1146
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 334
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 5640
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 570
1998 Oddities 4865
1998 Oddities (VHS) 913
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 482
1997 The Jesus Experience 4691
1997 The Worm 1339
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 956
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 3965
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 965
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 474
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 500
1995 Drop 4892
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 4001
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 472
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 5409
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 1879
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 1513
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 4318
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 537
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 2226
1992 Snakes In The Playground 7505
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 3398
1991 Kinetic Faith 5018
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 4384
1989 Silence Is Madness 5567
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1226
1989 Demo 37
1988 Live To Die 5323
1986 Show No Mercy 5640

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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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