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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
2019 Silence Is Madness (Colored Vinyl LP) 49
2018 Snake Eyes 348
2018 Tsar Bomba (Vinyl LP) 133
2018 Snake Eyes (Vinyl) 31
2014 Into The Matrix 1284
2013 Incorruptible 1530
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 1331
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 1334
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 1346
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 1397
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 1408
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 1408
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 1351
2009 In Your Face (live) 1529
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 1423
2009 Tsar Bomba 1765
2006 Skin For Skin 14222
2006 Very Best of Bride 10494
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 11351
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1775
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 1297
2006 Across The Border 1235
2005 Snakes Alive 12122
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1822
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1575
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1767
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1835
2003 This Is It 11633
2003 RAW (demo) 1404
2002 The Organic Years 1677
2001 Fist Full of Bees 11692
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 1525
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 1498
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 2371
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 2154
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 2056
2000 The Best Of Bride 1859
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 910
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 16803
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 1199
1998 Oddities 12920
1998 Oddities (VHS) 1645
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 1064
1997 The Jesus Experience 10170
1997 The Worm 2057
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 1534
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 10160
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1663
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 1099
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 1161
1995 Drop 11223
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 9906
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 1111
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 11708
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 2562
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 2275
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 11165
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 1090
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 4361
1992 Snakes In The Playground 14405
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 7731
1991 Kinetic Faith 10805
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 10460
1989 Silence Is Madness 11410
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1876
1989 Demo 770
1988 Live To Die 10921
1986 Show No Mercy 11227

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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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