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Bride is a Christian
Christian metal
Christian metal, also known as white metal, is a form of heavy metal music usually defined by its message in a song's lyrics as well as the band's dedication to Christianity...

 heavy metal
Heavy metal music
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the Midlands of the United Kingdom and the United States...

/hard rock
Hard rock
Hard rock is a loosely defined genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock...

 band formed in the 80s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson
Troy Thompson (guitarist)
Troy Thompson is an American guitarist. In 1983, he and his brother Dale Thompson, created the band Bride, which still continues to record and tour around the world. He is notable as being one of the most popular guitarists in the Christian music industry, and along with Dale Thompson, the only...

. During the band's peak years it was known for covering a wide range of musical styles and remains popular in places like Brazil. Their song "Same 'Ol Sinner" is on the Digital Praise
Digital Praise
Digital Praise is Christian-themed video and computer game developer. It won the Addy Awards for "Mixed Media Campaign" in 2008. It has produced Dance Praise, Guitar Praise, Adventures in Odyssey computer games, VeggieTales' Dance, Dance, Dance, and other video games....

 PC game Guitar Praise
Guitar Praise
Guitar Praise is a Christian rhythm video game for PC. Published by Digital Praise, it uses contemporary Christian music with gameplay akin to that of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games, although it is only compatible with its own wired and cordless USB guitar controllers. A second guitar can be...

.

Band history


Bride was formed in Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and the county seat of Jefferson County. Since 2003, the city's borders have been coterminous with those of the county because of a city-county merger. The city's population at the 2010 census was 741,096...

 in the early '80s, by brothers Dale and Troy Thompson
Troy Thompson (guitarist)
Troy Thompson is an American guitarist. In 1983, he and his brother Dale Thompson, created the band Bride, which still continues to record and tour around the world. He is notable as being one of the most popular guitarists in the Christian music industry, and along with Dale Thompson, the only...

. Going by the name Matrix at first, the brothers started writing music
Music
Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Its common elements are pitch , rhythm , dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture...

 and recording demos
Demo (music)
A demo version or demo of a song is one recorded for reference rather than for release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas on tape or disc, and provide an example of those ideas to record labels, producers or other artists...

 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
Daniel Band
The Daniel Band is a Canadian hard rock group. They were pioneers in Contemporary Christian Music for their sound that ranged from rock to heavy metal...

, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Pottstown is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States northwest of Philadelphia and southeast of Reading, on the Schuylkill River. Pottstown was laid out in 1752–53 and named Pottsgrove in honor of its founder, John Potts. The old name was abandoned at the time of the...

. This performance caught the eye of an agent of Refuge Records
Refuge Records
Refuge Records was a Christian record label founded in 1980 by Greg Nelson and Ray Nenow.Refuge Records became an important label in the development of the West Coast Christian alternative music scene...

. He decided to sign them to their new label oriented to metal music. The band, already consisting of guitarist
Guitarist
A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. Guitarists may play a variety of instruments such as classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and bass guitars. Some guitarists accompany themselves on the guitar while singing.- Versatility :The guitarist controls an extremely...

 Steve Osborne
Steve Osborne
Steve Osborne is a multi-platinum selling British record producer. He has worked with a wide variety of musicians, such as New Order, Doves, U2 and KT Tunstall. During the 1990s, Osborne was half of the Perfecto Records team, a production and remix collaboration with Paul Oakenfold; the artists...

(b.April 3 1966 d.Nov 17 2011), bassist
Bassist
A bass player, or bassist is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments...

 Scott Hall, and drummer
Drummer
A drummer is a musician who is capable of playing drums, which includes but is not limited to a drum kit and accessory based hardware which includes an assortment of pedals and standing support mechanisms, marching percussion and/or any musical instrument that is struck within the context of a...

 Stephen Rolland, officially changed its name to Bride and went on to record Show No Mercy
Show No Mercy (Bride album)
Show No Mercy is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Bride. It was the band's debut on the label Pure Metal Records. Less commercial than Bride's later works, the album received a mixed reception in its time, as it was somewhat more extreme and darker than many Christian releases...

and Live to Die
Live to Die (Bride album)
Live to Die is the second album by the American heavy metal band Bride. It is the band's second album to be released on the label Pure Metal Records in 1988. Live to Die is considered by critics to be the band's finest release in its metal era...

in 1986 and 1988, respectively.

After a change in line-up, they recorded Silence is Madness
Silence is Madness
Silence is Madness is the third album by the American heavy metal band Bride, released in 1989. This was the last album in the band's metal era, as the band began writing more commercial hard rock on the following releases. On Silence is Madness, Bride also tried to achieve crossover success to the...

in 1989. With their contract with Refuge about to end, the band released End of the Age in 1990, which is a compilation album
Compilation album
A compilation album is an album featuring tracks from one or more performers, often culled from a variety of sources The tracks are usually collected according to a common characteristic, such as popularity, genre, source or subject matter...

 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
Bassist
A bass player, or bassist is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments...

 Rick Foley
Rick Foley
Gilbert Anthony "Rick" Foley is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 67 National Hockey League games with the Chicago Black Hawks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Detroit Red Wings. He also played 11 World Hockey Association games with the Toronto Toros.-External links:...

 and drummer
Drummer
A drummer is a musician who is capable of playing drums, which includes but is not limited to a drum kit and accessory based hardware which includes an assortment of pedals and standing support mechanisms, marching percussion and/or any musical instrument that is struck within the context of a...

 Jerry McBroom filling the line-up, and a new record deal with Starsong, the band released Kinetic Faith
Kinetic Faith
Kinetic Faith is the fourth album by the American heavy metal band Bride, released in 1991. This album was the bands first release on the Star Song label, and started the band's hard rock era, leaving straightforward metal behind and focusing on a more commercial sound...

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
Stryper
Stryper is a Christian glam metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet , Oz Fox , Tim Gaines , and Robert Sweet...

 to replace Michael Sweet, but this never took place. They followed it with Snakes in the Playground
Snakes in the Playground
The album contains unlisted instrumental pieces in between select tracks, like an untitled track before "Dont Use Me" and a piano piece before "Goodbye."-Personnel:*Dale Thompson - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Tambourine, Shakers...

and Scarecrow Messiah
Scarecrow Messiah
Scarecrow Messiah is an album by the band Bride, and is the follow-up to their commercial successful album "Snakes in the Playground." The album received a Dove Award for "Hard Music Album of The Year" at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1994...

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
Drop (Bride album)
Drop is the ninth album by the band Bride, released in 1995. The album was the only Bride release on Rugged Records. Its sound was a departure from their earlier efforts, using an alternative rock sound, highlighted by banjo and mandolin, which was well received by critics though not by fans...

in 1995. Drop featured an alternative rock
Alternative rock
Alternative rock is a genre of rock music and a term used to describe a diverse musical movement that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s...

-oriented sound which included banjo
Banjo
In the 1830s Sweeney became the first white man to play the banjo on stage. His version of the instrument replaced the gourd with a drum-like sound box and included four full-length strings alongside a short fifth-string. There is no proof, however, that Sweeney invented either innovation. This new...

 and mandolin
Mandolin
A mandolin is a musical instrument in the lute family . It descends from the mandore, a soprano member of the lute family. The mandolin soundboard comes in many shapes—but generally round or teardrop-shaped, sometimes with scrolls or other projections. A mandolin may have f-holes, or a single...

. Following recommendations of producer and friend John Elefante
John Elefante
John Elefante is an American singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer.-Early years:Born in Levittown, New York, his family soon moved to Long Beach, California. Growing up, he sang and performed drums for his family band, the Brotherhood...

, 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
The Jesus Experience
The Jesus Experience is the tenth album by the band Bride. It is the band's attempt to make an album with the Seattle grunge sound of bands like Alice In Chains and Nirvana.-Track listing:# "I Love You" – 2:56# "The Worm" - 4:31# "End" - 4:16...

which continued their alternative style leanings, however, with a slight grunge
Grunge
Grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged during the mid-1980s in the American state of Washington, particularly in the Seattle area. Inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song...

 and post-grunge
Post-grunge
Post-grunge is a subgenre of alternative rock that emerged in the mid-1990s as a derivative of grunge, using the sounds and aesthetic of grunge, but with a more commercially acceptable tone...

 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
Alternative rock
Alternative rock is a genre of rock music and a term used to describe a diverse musical movement that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s...

 and hard rock
Hard rock
Hard rock is a loosely defined genre of rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage rock, blues rock and psychedelic rock...

.

After some differences with the label, the band asked to be released from its 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. The album was quickly disparaged by fans for containing nu metal
Nu metal
Nu metal is a subgenre of heavy metal. It is a fusion genre which combines elements of heavy metal with other genres, including grunge and hip hop...

 and rapcore
Rapcore
Rapcore is a subgenre of rap rock fusing vocal and sometimes instrumental elements of hip hop with punk rock .-History:...

 elements. In 2003 the band independently released This Is It
This Is It (Bride album)
-Track listing:# "Blow It All Away"# "To The Sky"# "More Than Human"# "Drop D"# "Head Looking For a Bullet"# "Best I Expect To Do"# "Evil Geniuses"# "Revolution"# "Barren River Blues"# "Microphone"# "Short Time in the Grave"# "Universe"# "White Elephant"...

, which marks a return to a more rock-driven like that of Snakes in the Playground
Snakes in the Playground
The album contains unlisted instrumental pieces in between select tracks, like an untitled track before "Dont Use Me" and a piano piece before "Goodbye."-Personnel:*Dale Thompson - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Tambourine, Shakers...

. 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 worry of what is popular."

The band has reunited with former members, Jerry McBroom and Steve Osborne, to record their latest album, Tsar Bomba
Tsar Bomba (Bride album)
Tsar Bombais a studio album by the rock band Bride. It is Bride's first album with long-time drummer Jerry McBroom since their 1998 album Oddities. It the also the first album to feature bassist Glenn Watts...

,
which was released on October 27, 2009.

In 2011, Retroactive Records remastered and re-released the bands 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.

Original guitarist Steve Osborne allegedly committed suicide on Nov 16, 2011.

Dove Awards


Bride has received four Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association
Gospel Music Association
The Gospel Music Association was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. There are currently about 4,000 members worldwide...

. Three were for "Hard Music Song", in 1992, 1993
24th GMA Dove Awards
The 24th Annual GMA Dove Awards were held on April 1, 1993 recognizing accomplishments of musicians for the year 1992. The show was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and was hosted by Barbara Mandrell.-Award recipients:*Artist of the Year**Michael English...

, and 1994. The fourth was at the 25th GMA Dove Awards
25th GMA Dove Awards
The 25th Annual GMA Dove Awards were held on April 28, 1994 recognizing accomplishments of musicians for the year 1993. The show was held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, and was hosted by Amy Grant.-Award recipients:*Artist of the Year...

 in 1994, for "Hard Music Album" for Scarecrow Messiah.

Current members

  • Dale Thompson - vocals
    Singing
    Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments...

  • Troy Thompson
    Troy Thompson (guitarist)
    Troy Thompson is an American guitarist. In 1983, he and his brother Dale Thompson, created the band Bride, which still continues to record and tour around the world. He is notable as being one of the most popular guitarists in the Christian music industry, and along with Dale Thompson, the only...

     - guitar
    Guitar
    The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with...

    s
  • G.D Watts - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (present)
  • Jerry McBroom - drums
    Drum kit
    A drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and often other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single person ....

     (1991–1999, present)

Former members

  • Steve Osbourne - guitar
    Guitar
    The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with...

     (1986–1988, 2006, 2009)
  • Scott Hall - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (1986–1988)
  • Rick Foley - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (1991–1994)
  • Steve Curtsinger - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (1995–1998)
  • Stephen Rolland - drums
    Drum kit
    A drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and often other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single person ....

     (1986–1990)
  • Frank Partipillo - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (1988–1991)
  • Michael Loy - drums
    Drum kit
    A drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and often other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single person ....

     (1999–2009)
  • Lawrence Bishop - bass guitar
    Bass guitar
    The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

     (1999–2009)

Discography


Main Studio Albums
  • Show No Mercy
    Show No Mercy (Bride album)
    Show No Mercy is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Bride. It was the band's debut on the label Pure Metal Records. Less commercial than Bride's later works, the album received a mixed reception in its time, as it was somewhat more extreme and darker than many Christian releases...

    (1986, Pure Metal)
  • Live To Die
    Live to Die (Bride album)
    Live to Die is the second album by the American heavy metal band Bride. It is the band's second album to be released on the label Pure Metal Records in 1988. Live to Die is considered by critics to be the band's finest release in its metal era...

    (1988, Pure Metal)
  • Silence is Madness
    Silence is Madness
    Silence is Madness is the third album by the American heavy metal band Bride, released in 1989. This was the last album in the band's metal era, as the band began writing more commercial hard rock on the following releases. On Silence is Madness, Bride also tried to achieve crossover success to the...

    (1989, Pure Metal)
  • Kinetic Faith
    Kinetic Faith
    Kinetic Faith is the fourth album by the American heavy metal band Bride, released in 1991. This album was the bands first release on the Star Song label, and started the band's hard rock era, leaving straightforward metal behind and focusing on a more commercial sound...

    (1991 Star Song)
  • Snakes in the Playground
    Snakes in the Playground
    The album contains unlisted instrumental pieces in between select tracks, like an untitled track before "Dont Use Me" and a piano piece before "Goodbye."-Personnel:*Dale Thompson - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Tambourine, Shakers...

    (1992, Star Song)
  • Scarecrow Messiah
    Scarecrow Messiah
    Scarecrow Messiah is an album by the band Bride, and is the follow-up to their commercial successful album "Snakes in the Playground." The album received a Dove Award for "Hard Music Album of The Year" at the 25th GMA Dove Awards in 1994...

    (1994, Star Song)
  • Drop
    Drop (Bride album)
    Drop is the ninth album by the band Bride, released in 1995. The album was the only Bride release on Rugged Records. Its sound was a departure from their earlier efforts, using an alternative rock sound, highlighted by banjo and mandolin, which was well received by critics though not by fans...

    (1995, Rugged Records)
  • The Jesus Experience
    The Jesus Experience
    The Jesus Experience is the tenth album by the band Bride. It is the band's attempt to make an album with the Seattle grunge sound of bands like Alice In Chains and Nirvana.-Track listing:# "I Love You" – 2:56# "The Worm" - 4:31# "End" - 4:16...

    (September 16, 1997, Organic)
  • Oddities
    Oddities (Bride album)
    Oddities is a 1998 album by the band Bride. It marks the first album with Lawrence Bishop as bassist.-Track listing:# "I Ain't Coming Down"# "Why Won't He Break"# "If I Told You It Was The End Of The World"# "I Found God"...

    (November 23, 1998, Organic, Reviews: HM Magazine)
  • Fist Full of Bees (2001, Absolute Records)
  • This Is It
    This Is It (Bride album)
    -Track listing:# "Blow It All Away"# "To The Sky"# "More Than Human"# "Drop D"# "Head Looking For a Bullet"# "Best I Expect To Do"# "Evil Geniuses"# "Revolution"# "Barren River Blues"# "Microphone"# "Short Time in the Grave"# "Universe"# "White Elephant"...

    (2003, independent)
  • Skin For Skin
    Skin For Skin
    -Track listing:# "The Calm"# "Skin for Skin"# "End of Days"# "Take the Medication"# "Inside Ourselves"# "Hard to Kick"# "Fuel and Fire"# "Breathless"# "Prodigious Savant"# "Band Goodbye"# "Rise Above"# "The Government"# "Super Ego Star"# "Hang On"...

    (2006, Retroactive Records)
  • Tsar Bomba
    Tsar Bomba (Bride album)
    Tsar Bombais a studio album by the rock band Bride. It is Bride's first album with long-time drummer Jerry McBroom since their 1998 album Oddities. It the also the first album to feature bassist Glenn Watts...

    (2009, Retroactive Records)


Compilations and other releases
  • End of the Age (1990, Star Song)
  • Snakes in the Playground
    Snakes in the Playground
    The album contains unlisted instrumental pieces in between select tracks, like an untitled track before "Dont Use Me" and a piano piece before "Goodbye."-Personnel:*Dale Thompson - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Tambourine, Shakers...

    Special Collector's Edition (1992, Star Song)
  • God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You (1993, Star Song)
  • Shotgun Wedding: 11 #1 Hits and Mrs. (1995, Star Song)
  • Lost Reels I (1994, independent)
  • Lost Reels II (1994, independent)
  • I Predict A Clone - Various Artists (1994 REX 41004-2, a tribute to Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor
    Roland Stephen Taylor , is an American Christian singer, songwriter, record producer and film director.-Early life:Taylor, the eldest of three children, was born in Brawley, California. Taylor's father, Roland Taylor, was a Baptist minister. When Taylor was six years old, the family relocated to...

    )
  • Lost Reels III (1997, independent)
  • Bride Live! Volume I
    Bride Live! Volume I
    Bride Live! Volume I is a limited edition live album by Bride. This item is rare, as only 2,500 were produced.-Track listing:# "Intro." – 0:34# "I Aint Coming Down" – 2:35# "If I told You It Was The End Of The World" – 4:20# "The Worm" – 4:47...

    (1999, Old School Records)
  • Bride Live Volume II Acoustic (2000)
  • Best of Bride (June 27, 2000, Organic Records)
  • Live at Cornerstone 2001 (2001, Millennium Eight Records)
  • The Matrix Years / Lost Reels (2001, Millennium Eight Records)
  • MP3 Major Releases (2001, independent)
  • MP3 Independent Releases (2001, independent)
  • The Organic Years (2002, Millennium Eight Records)
  • Raw (2003, independent 7-track demo)
  • This Is It
    This Is It (Bride album)
    -Track listing:# "Blow It All Away"# "To The Sky"# "More Than Human"# "Drop D"# "Head Looking For a Bullet"# "Best I Expect To Do"# "Evil Geniuses"# "Revolution"# "Barren River Blues"# "Microphone"# "Short Time in the Grave"# "Universe"# "White Elephant"...

    (2006, Retroactive Records w/ bonus tracks)

Why "Bride"?


The name of the band is a reference to the Bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2,9; 22:17), which refers to the church of believers in Christ, which Christians believe will be married to the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven after Christ's Second Coming
Second Coming
In Christian doctrine, the Second Coming of Christ, the Second Advent, or the Parousia, is the anticipated return of Jesus Christ from Heaven, where he sits at the Right Hand of God, to Earth. This prophecy is found in the canonical gospels and in most Christian and Islamic eschatologies...

.

Further reading

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