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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
2018 Snake Eyes 277
2018 Tsar Bomba (Vinyl LP) 77
2014 Into The Matrix 1215
2013 Incorruptible 1448
2013 Skin For Skin (Collector’s Edition) 1272
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 1 (Retroarchives Edition) 1273
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 2 (Retroarchives Edition) 1280
2013 The Lost Reels Vol. 3 (Retroarchives Edition) 1332
2011 Show No Mercy (The Originals: Disc One) 1344
2011 Live To Die (The Originals: Disc Two) 1346
2011 Silence Is Madness (The Originals: Disc Three) 1284
2009 In Your Face (live) 1478
2009 In Your Face (DVD) 1357
2009 Tsar Bomba 1702
2006 Skin For Skin 13674
2006 Very Best of Bride 9987
2006 This Is It (Expanded) 10802
2006 Under the Gun Live Soundtrack 1705
2006 Under The Gun [DVD] 1235
2006 Across The Border 1174
2005 Snakes Alive 11582
2004 Bride Metal (DVD) 1767
2004 Bride Acoustic (DVD) 1513
2004 Under The Gun (DVD) 1711
2004 Bride Rock (DVD) 1778
2003 This Is It 11115
2003 RAW (demo) 1354
2002 The Organic Years 1608
2001 Fist Full of Bees 11058
2001 Welcome To The Show (VHS) 1457
2001 World Tour and Home Movies (DVD) 1436
2001 The Matrix Years/Lost Years I (compilation) 2312
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 2102
2000 Live Vol. II Acoustic 2000
2000 The Best Of Bride 1787
2000 Silence is Madness (M8) 860
1999 Bride Live! Volume 1 15993
1999 Show No Mercy (Re-Issue) 1155
1998 Oddities 12378
1998 Oddities (VHS) 1585
1998 Bride under the blood [Single] 1015
1997 The Jesus Experience 9757
1997 The Worm 1995
1997 Ultimate Bride Video (VHS) 1482
1997 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol III 9694
1996 SOS da Vida (VHS) 1602
1996 Best of Bride in Brazil (VHS) 1039
1996 Silence is Madness Video Collage (VHS) 1100
1995 Drop 10737
1995 Shotgun Wedding (compilation) 9490
1995 Live in Brazil III (VHS) 1065
1994 Scarecrow Messiah 11313
1994 Across the Border (LIVE) 2508
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol I 2220
1994 Bride: The Lost Reels, Vol II (Compilation) 10546
1994 Bride Returns to Brazil 1994 (VHS) 1046
1993 God Gave Rock & Roll To You (Single) 4196
1992 Snakes In The Playground 13907
1992 Snakes in the Playground Bonus Disc 7400
1991 Kinetic Faith 10240
1990 End of the Age (COMPILATION) 9928
1989 Silence Is Madness 11014
1989 The Making of Silence Is Madness 1831
1989 Demo 695
1988 Live To Die 10554
1986 Show No Mercy 10857

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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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