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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) 17
2018 Snake Eyes 324
2018 Tsar Bomba (Vinyl LP) 109
2018 Snake Eyes (Vinyl) 5
2014 Into The Matrix 1262
2013 Incorruptible 1499
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 1306
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 1318
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 1322
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 1370
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 1382
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 1382
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 1319
2009 In Your Face (live) 1510
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 1392
2009 Tsar Bomba 1733
2006 Skin For Skin 14021
2006 Very Best of Bride 10307
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 11159
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1751
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 1272
2006 Across The Border 1208
2005 Snakes Alive 11933
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1798
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1545
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1746
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1807
2003 This Is It 11419
2003 RAW (demo) 1382
2002 The Organic Years 1645
2001 Fist Full of Bees 11390
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 1501
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 1472
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 2347
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 2130
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 2036
2000 The Best Of Bride 1831
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 887
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 16467
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 1185
1998 Oddities 12701
1998 Oddities (VHS) 1617
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 1044
1997 The Jesus Experience 9999
1997 The Worm 2030
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 1514
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 9979
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1638
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 1069
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 1132
1995 Drop 11044
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 9720
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 1092
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 11554
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 2535
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 2251
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 10942
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 1075
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 4293
1992 Snakes In The Playground 14218
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 7601
1991 Kinetic Faith 10645
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 10243
1989 Silence Is Madness 11261
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1855
1989 Demo 742
1988 Live To Die 10776
1986 Show No Mercy 11089

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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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