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In 1983 Dale and Troy Thompson started a band named Matrix in Louisville, Kentucky. Matrix recorded four self-financed demos, which were distributed at live shows and through the mail via Contemporary Christian Music Magazine (CCM) and various fanzines of the day. Their ministry continued to grow in the Christian rock underground but it was not until 1986 that they managed to break into the mainstream. Opening for Daniel Band in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Matrix caught the eye of the representatives of Refuge Records who were forming their subsidiary label Pure Metal.

In the latter part of 1986, there were two events that occurred simultaneously that would ultimately be a major turning point for the band. It had been nearly six months since Refuge Records expressed serious interest in the band. In an effort to expedite an impending offer from Refuge, Dale and Troy mailed to the Refuge office all of the hundreds of letters from fans all across the United States. Additionally amid the growing popularity of the Ohio based secular Matrix, the decision was made to change the name Matrix to Bride. Shortly thereafter, Bride became the second band to be signed to the Refuge Records subsidiary label Pure Metal.

In October 1986, Bride began work on the first album of a three album-recording contract. The three albums recorded for Refuge/Pure Metal were, Show No Mercy, Live To Die, and Silence Is Madness. In late 1990, Star Song Communications purchased Pure Metal Records. Bride believed that Star Song, a powerful force in the industry, could take them in directions never before possible. Not all of the former Pure Metal acts were retained. But Bride was immediately signed to a one-album contract to produce a Best of... project with two bonus tracks. "Everybody Knows My Name", would rapidly rise to the top of both the CCM and Pure Rock Report charts and occupy that #1 position for several months. Needless to say, Star Song went on to sign Bride to a multi-album contract.

While their first Star Song release entitled "Best of Bride, End of the Age", signals the end of a chapter in Bride's history, it more importantly signals a new beginning in Bride's future. Bride went on to record 3 albums with Star Song - Kinetic Faith, Snakes In The Playground, and Scarecrow Messiah. Star Song even compiled another "best of" from these three albums and released it in 1995 under the name Shotgun Wedding. The 11 songs on Shotgun Wedding were the #1 radio hits that Bride had. During the four years that Bride worked with Star Song, they were awarded 4 DOVE awards, 11 #1 radio singles, and numerous awards from SESAC, their performing rights organization.

Once Bride's contract with Star Song was over, they decided to sign a one album deal with a new independent label called Rugged Records. With this label, Bride recorded, what they felt, was a much-needed lighter sounding record - "Drop." Being a small independent label, Rugged did not have the resources or capabilities to exploit "Drop" to its potential. Additionally, Bride's ministry has become more focused and aggressive. As always, Bride's message goes out to anyone who will listen, but has been specifically targeted to reach the "misfits" of society. These "misfits", are those people that cannot be reached through conventional means. Bride's music also provides a source of strength and edification to those already a part of the body of Christ, by dealing with socially relevant issues from a biblical perspective in terms that everyone can understand.

Bride left Rugged in pursuit of God's direction for the future. It was not long before another label sprang up on the horizon. Being encouraged by Producer and friend Dino Elefante Bride was courted by "Organic" records. "Organic" too was an independent label but had a lot of promise. Bride was soon back in the studio under a new recording agreement laying down fresh tracks under the producing direction of Dino and John Elefante and the result was "The Jesus Experience." "The Jesus Experience" modernized Bride's sound forever and the stigma of old style rock was shed for a more acceptable mainstream rock sound. This marked Bride's eighth full length recording. This record would also provided the touring fuel to send Bride out for 2 years on their most extensive tour schedule ever.

Bride then released the second CD on "Organic" called "Oddities." With Dino, John and Bride as producers this ninth release "Oddities" marked another pinnacle in the evolution of Bride's sound and lyrical direction. This record was hard to achieve but the final result brought Bride into a refreshed anointing. Bride became the clay in God's hands during the song writing and recording of this record and the resolve is there is no resolve, it is another new beginning.

As time came for Bride's 3rd project with Organic Records Bride learned that Organic was changing gears. Bride was not willing nor led by the Holy Spirit to change with them. Bride asked for a release from Organic and it was granted. This left Bride without an worldwide release for future projects. It was not long before long time band mates Jerry McBroom and Steve Curtsinger were drawn away from Bride into other projects. The dilemma would have been devastating if God had not been orchestrating all of the moves and changes. The Lord soon rebuilt the band bringing Lawrence Bishop and Michael Loy into the band. The work began to write the next Bride CD but now without a record company whereby they could release it.

There was much talk between the band members about a possible self-release and distribution. God was not finished with Bride and this was evident when Dez Dickerson, an acquaintance from the Star Song recording days (Snakes in the Playground A&R rep), emailed Dale out of the blue. Dez was now the head of his own record company, Absolute Records. After lengthy talks and meeting between Dez, Dale and Troy Bride and Absolute joined together in the next chapter to Bride's journey. Reuniting with Snakes in the Playground producer Plinky Giglio and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Bride began the process of recording a brand new release with the most powerfully anointed songs and with a refreshing sound. The blend of metal and creative mixing has produced "Fist Full of Bees" the Absolute pinnacle in Bride's lengthy ministry.

Bride went on to record This is it which most fans believed was a farewell CD. Because after releasing it to the public Bride seemed to have vanished from the planet.  

Bride emerged with their most intense release to date. Skin for Skin took the band forward with a writing maturity never seen on previous CD’s and yet the raw power of METAL again! Skin for Skin was written over a 6 month period of time as Bride searched for a drummer. It was simply crazy how the CD came together in the studio says Dale. Everything that Troy and I had written just started falling into place and something incredibly special happened to make us realize that what we were hearing back through play-back was a monstrous CD. 

Bride went on to support Skin for Skin with various shows around the U.S. and Europe. 

It would be two years before Bride was back writing for a new CD. Troy had taken time to write new music and Dale was busy writing new lyrics. The first day back together while traveling to a writing session together Dale and Troy were T-boned in a car accident which totaled Troy’s vintage convertible Mustang and even though it left the brothers unscaved it would be months before they met again to write. Shortly after the accident Dale’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and the focus of their life changed drastically. Almost a year later Dale’s wife Sharon is cancer free thanks to God and faith and the band is back together recording a new CD for a 2009 summer release. 

Whereas many thought the CD “This is it” was going to be Bride’s final CD, the newest CD “Tsar Bomba” will close the door on the career of Bride. Bride will promote the new CD through many different avenues in months to come for the work is not finished until it is finished. "If it wasn't for Jesus Christ, we wouldn't be playing music. He is the music. He is why we play".

Band members

Final line-up

  • Dale Thompson - vocals
  • Troy Thompson - guitars
  • G.D Watts - bass guitar (2009–2018)
  • Jerry McBroom - drums (1991–1999, 2009–2018)


  • Steve Osborne - guitar (1986–1988, 2006, 2009)
  • Scott Hall - bass guitar (1986–1988)
  • Rick Foley - bass guitar (1991–1994)
  • Steve Curtsinger - bass guitar (1995–1998)
  • Stephen Rolland - drums (1986–1990)
  • Frank Partipillo - bass guitar (1988–1991)
  • Michael Loy - drums (1999–2009)
  • Lawrence Bishop - bass guitar (1999–2009)

Studio Albums

Album Details   Track Listings

Show No Mercy

  • Released 1986
  • Genre Heavy metal
  • Label Pure Metal Records
  • Producer Bride

1986 Pure Metal Records original release

  1. Evil That Men Do (3:37)
  2. Now He Is Gone (3:49)
  3. Fly Away (4:12)
  4. Forever In Darkness (3:43)
  5. Follow Your Heart (4:29)
  6. Show No Mercy (3:36)
  7. I Will Be With You (4:29)
  8. Thunder In The City (5:53)
  9. No Matter The Price (4:18)
  10. The First Will Be Last (4:07)

Live to Die

  • Released 1988
  • Genre speed metal, thrash metal, Christian metal
  • Length 35:20
  • Label Pure Metal
  • Producer John Petri
  1. Metal Might (3:36)
  2. Hell No (3:51)
  3. In the Dark (4:12)
  4. Out for Blood (3:00)
  5. Live to Die (2:54)
  6. Fire and Brimstone (4:27)
  7. Whiskey Seed (3:43)
  8. Here Comes the Bride (2:29)
  9. Heroes (7:11)

Silence Is Madness

  • Released 1989
  • Genre Classic metal
  • Length 39:11
  • Label Pure Metal
  • Producer Armand John Petri
  1. Fool Me Once - 3:57
  2. Hot Down South 3:10
  3. Silence Is Madness 5:15
  4. Until The End We Rock 3:10
  5. Evil Dreams 4:04
  6. Under The Influence 4:03
  7. All Hallow's Eve 5:10
  8. No More Nightmares 4:12
  9. Rock Those Blues Away 5:35

Kinetic Faith

  • Released 1991
  • Genre Hard rock
  • Length 42:56
  • Label Star Song
  • Producer Steve Griffin
  1. Troubled Times 4:28
  2. Hired Gun 4:29
  3. Ever Fallen In Love 4:35
  4. Love On The Mountain 4:12
  5. Ski Masks and Hand Guns 4:30
  6. Everybody Knows My Name 4:23
  7. Young Love 3:30
  8. Kiss The Train 3:57
  9. Crimes Against Humanity 4:05
  10. Sweet Louise 4:42

Snakes in the Playground

  • Released 1992
  • Recorded 1991 at The Saltmine Studios in Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Genre Hard rock
  • Length 46 min.
  • Label Star Song
  • Producer Plinky
  1. "Rattlesnake" 4:33
  2. "Would You Die For Me" 3:35
  3. "Psychedelic Super Jesus" 4:17
  4. "Fallout" 4:03
  5. "Saltriver Shuffle" 0:37
  6. "Dust Through a Fan" 3:08
  7. "I Miss The Rain" 3:52
  8. "Don't Use Me" 4:01
  9. "Picture Perfect" 4:21
  10. "Love, Money" 3:47
  11. "Some Things Never Change" 4:09
  12. "Goodbye" 5:20

The album contains unlisted instrumental pieces in between select tracks, like an untitled track before "Dont Use Me" and a piano piece before "Goodbye."

Scarecrow Messiah

  • Released 1994
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 42 min
  • Label Star Song
  • Producer John and Dino Elefante
  1. "Beast" - 4:27
  2. "Place" - 3:41
  3. "Murder" - 4:07
  4. "Scarecrow" - 3:51
  5. "Crazy" - 3:44
  6. "Time" - 4:16
  7. "One" - 3:28
  8. "Doubt" - 4:11
  9. "Dad Mom" - 3:29
  10. "Thorns" - 5:51
  11. "Questions" - 1:51


  • Released 1995
  • Length 54:44
  • Label Rugged
  • Producer Bride, Dino Maddalone

All tracks by Bride

  1. "Personal Savior" – 4:02
  2. "Mamma" – 5:04
  3. "You Never Knew Me" – 4:34
  4. "Life Is The Blues" – 4:26
  5. "Help" – 4:58
  6. "Only Hurts When I Laugh" – 3:43
  7. "Thrill A Minute" – 3:40
  8. "How Long" – 4:59
  9. "Have You Made It?" – 4:13
  10. "Nobodies Hero" – 4:11
  11. "I'm The Devil" – 6:57
  12. "Jesus Came Back via Jesus In A Pawn Shop" – 3:57

The Jesus Experience

  • Released 1997
  • Recorded The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Genre Alternative rock, grunge
  • Length 41:43
  • Label Organic
  • Producer John and Dino Elefante
  1. "I Love You" – 2:56
  2. "The Worm" - 4:31
  3. "End" - 4:16
  4. "I Live For You" - 3:20
  5. "Follow Me" - 4:01
  6. "Tell Me" - 2:52
  7. "Love Hate" - 3:31
  8. "Human Race" - 3:58
  9. "I Hear A Word" - 3:50
  10. "Cosmic Christ" - 3:29
  11. "The World I Know" - 4:39


  • Released November 23, 1998
  • Label: Organic Records
  • Format:CD, Album
  • Country:US
  • Genre:Rock
  • Style:Heavy Metal
  1. Intro 0:19
  2. I Ain't Coming Down 2:33
  3. Why Won't He Break 4:05
  4. If I Told You It Was The End Of The World 4:20
  5. I Found God 4:44
  6. Close To The Center Of The Earth 5:02
  7. Tomorrow Makes No Sense 4:35
  8. Day By Day 4:11
  9. Spirit 5:29
  10. It Is Only When I'm Left Alone 4:07
  11. God's Human Oddities 4:33
  12. Under The Blood 4:50
  13. Die A Little Bit Every Day 5:08
  14. Restore Me 2:01

Fist Full of Bees

  • Released 2001
  • Genre Alternative metal, nu metal
  • Length 43:53
  • Label Absolute
  • Producer Plinky Giglio
  1. Too Tired 2:45
  2. White House 4:15
  3. Untitled 1:12
  4. Beginning Of The End 3:51
  5. Dog The Nine 4:24
  6. God 4:11
  7. Bitter End 3:56
  8. War 3:19
  9. Never Thought About Going Back 4:07
  10. Soul Winner 4:15
  11. Jesus In Me 4:37
  12. California Sunshine 3:06
  13. Rollin' 0:45

This Is It

  • Released:2003
  • Genre: Rock
  • Style: Heavy Metal
  1. Blow It All Away
  2. To The Sky
  3. More Than Human
  4. Drop D
  5. Head Lookin' For A Bullet
  6. Best I Expect To Do
  7. Evil Geniuses
  8. Revolution
  9. Barren River Blues
  10. Microphone
  11. Short Time In The Grave
  12. Universe
  13. White Elephant

Skin for Skin

  • Released:2006
  • Label: Retroactive Records ‎
  • Format:CD, Album
  • Country:US
  • Genre:Rock
  • Style:Thrash, Heavy Metal
  1. The Calm 0:56
  2. Skin For Skin 3:35
  3. End Of Days 4:07
  4. Take The Medication 5:23
  5. Inside Ourselves 4:19
  6. Hard To Kick 3:35
  7. Fuel And Fire 4:49
  8. Breathless 4:04
  9. Prodigious Savant 0:33
  10. Bang Goodbye 5:32
  11. Rise Above 5:34
  12. The Government 3:49
  13. Super Ego Star 3:42
  14. Hang On 4:13

Tsar Bomba

  • Released:2010
  • Label:Retroactive Records
  • Format:CD, Album
  • Country:US
  • Released:2010
  • Genre:Rock
  • Style:Heavy Metal
  1. Industrial Christ 4:30
  2. All We Are 5:11
  3. Prokofiev 0:20
  4. Love Shine 5:29
  5. 1973 0:27
  6. We Are Together 4:40
  7. Never 5:57
  8. Separate 4:48
  9. Nothing Means Anything To Me 6:05
  10. Bach Minuet 0:59
  11. Last Thing I Feel 4:37
  12. Chopin Nocturne In E Flat Minor 0:34
  13. Downward 5:52
  14. Look In My Head 4:40
  15. When I Was A Kid 4:15
  16. Rhapsodie Für Eine Gitarre 5:02
  17. We Are The People 4:03


  • Released:2013
  • Label:Retroactive Records
  • Format:CD, Album
  • Country:US
  • Genre:Rock
  1. Unbelievers
  2. Darker Days
  3. Darker
  4. We Lie
  5. Serenade
  6. All The Kids Are Gone
  7. Melting
  8. Free
  9. Religion
  10. I Can't Imagine
  11. I Want It All
  12. 2nd Suite For Children
  13. Where You Want To Go
  14. Sleep On
  15. Uke
  16. Something I Need To Know
  17. I Choose You

Snake Eyes

  • Label:Retroactive Records ‎– RRCD1455
  • Format:CD, Album
  • Country:USA & Canada
  • Released:21 Aug 2018
  • Genre:Rock
  • Style:Heavy Metal
  1. Intro 0:54
  2. Fake News 3:56
  3. Famous When I’m Dead 4:02
  4. John The Baptist 4:08
  5. Think I’ll Build The Bomb 4:43
  6. The Real Jesus 4:41
  7. Lost Within A Song 3:21
  8. The Laughter of It All 3:53
  9. The Painter 4:08
  10. Call Out His Name 4:31
  11. Other Side Of Suicide 4:48
  12. There’s Always Tomorrow 4:27