Bride was a Christian heavy metal/hard rock band formed in the 80s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson. During the band's peak years it was known for covering a wide range of musical styles and remains popular in places like Brazil. Bride has received four Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association.
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. In 1986, the band opened for the Canadian group, 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 (b.April 3 1966 d.Nov 17 2011), bassist Scott Hall, and drummer Stephen Rolland, officially changed its 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 Refuge about to end, the band released End of the Age in 1990, which is a compilation album of hits from their first three albums. Ironically, the album indeed signaled the "end of an age" as the band went on to change their metal roots to a mellower rock sound more attuned to the mainstream rock 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. In 1992 it was announced that Dale would leave to join Stryper to replace Michael Sweet, but this never took place. They followed it with Snakes in the Playground and Scarecrow Messiah 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 a new bassist, Steve Curtsinger. The band departed more from its heavy side and went on a completely different route with Drop in 1995. Drop featured an alternative rock-oriented sound which included banjo and mandolin. 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 continued their alternative style leanings, however, with a slight grunge and post-grunge overtone. The next year, they released Oddities. Although intended to be a return to their roots, the album was more of a blend between alternative rock and hard rock.
After some differences with the label, the band asked to be released from its contract. Sometime after, McBroom and Curtsinger left to pursue other projects. They were replaced with Lawrence Bishop and Michael Loy. Being picked up by Absolute Records and veering into rapcore territory, the band released Fistful of Bees in 2001. The album was quickly disparaged by fans for containing nu metal and rapcore elements. In 2003 the band independently released This Is It, which marks a return to a more rock-driven like that of Snakes in the Playground. It was re-released in 2006 under Retrospective Records, digitally remastered and with bonus tracks and a new cover. In 2006, Bride released Skin for Skin, which returned to their hard rock sounds akin to earlier Bride albums. It also contained guitar solos from former Bride guitarist Steve Osborne. The album was praised by Bride fans, most prominently Scott Waters of Ultimatum, who said it was "a logical step from 'This Is It' and is an honest and successful attempt to progress without the worry of what is popular."
The band has reunited with former members, Jerry McBroom and Steve Osborne, to record their latest album, Tsar Bomba, which was released on October 27, 2009.
In 2011, Retroactive Records remastered and re-released the band's first three albums (Show No Mercy, Live To Die, Silence Is Madness) in a series called "The Originals." In addition, 2003's This Is It was also remastered to support the re-releases.
In December 2013, after 30 years, Dale Thompson announced that the band was coming to an end.
In late 2017, Dale and Troy decided to come back together and record one last album: Snake Eyes, set to release independently in June 2018. Dale has posted "John the Baptist" as a sneak peek song to the new album. The band is set to release Here is Your God on Retroactive Records in December 2020.
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