Members: Dale Thompson [vocals], Troy Thompson [guitars], Lawrence Bishop [bass guitar], Michael Loy [drums]
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 Refuge 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 rock sound more attoned 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 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. Drop featured an alternate 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. Next year, they released Oddities, their most diverse album.
After some differences with the label, the band asked to be released from their contract. Some time 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. In 2003 the band independently released their latest album called This Is It, which marks a return to a more rock-driven sound.
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