Bride (USA)

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Bride (USA)

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Bride - Silence Is Madness (1989) (Retroactive Records Digipak Edition 2011)

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Year : 1989 (Retroactive Records Digipak Edition 2011)
Style : Christian Heavy Metal , Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 110 mb


Bio:

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.But now Bride has re-emerged with their most intense release to date. Skin for Skin takes 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 now expects to tour Brazil and Europe as soon as Skin for Skin is released. There is a Bride Street team now cutting a path for the band and soon you will hear these new songs on your local hard rock radio program. Bride never went away, they just re-loaded.Bride will tour and stay the course that God has ordained for them. Bride's vision for the future is to awaken those who sleep to the revelation of Jesus Christ that God will receive the glory. Bride will be traveling throughout the United States, Brazil, Europe, and Scandinavia with a consistent message. This message can be summed up quite simply in a quote that Dale made in the early days of Matrix which still rings true today in the growing ministry of Bride. "If it wasn't for Jesus Christ, we wouldn't be playing music. He is the music. He is why we play".

Album:

The third album by Christian band Bride and what a band they were. With Live to Die they managed to play ripping heavy metal from start to end. Fast songs with killer guitar solos and slashing vocals plus allegorical dark lyrics ala Ronnie James Dio were the trademark for these guys. With this we get straighter heavy metal to the core except for some boring songs that I will detail on later. Anyhow, this has been really hard to get through the years but fortunately it was re-mastered with some bonus tracks that are nothing but romantic demos and two good heavy/hard rocking songs that will later appear in a ‘’Best of’’ collection.Through the years Dale Thompson suffered Bon Jovi’s syndrome where he used to scream so loud and so passionately that he has lost his power and voice. By now he does not scream anymore but that is another story. This record along with LTD is the most excruciating vocal performance that will rip your ears in seconds due to high octaves he is able to reach and the killer screams ala Dio and even higher, very much in the screaming style of Halford (although the voices are not remotely similar).Next the guitar comes. Troy T. is a very good guitar player and again here he shows off what he is capable to do. Some of he riffs are very interesting and the solos are quite equally as good. The two brothers have been the focal point of the band until today. Numerous lineup changes in the bass and drums departments have been going on since early days and the best lineup is still to come in the next releases but with this one the guys do their job although the bass lines are almost imperceptible.Now on the songs: ‘Fool me once’ opens and it has a very interesting riff and those kick ass vocals. A good opener if you ask me, for 80’s heavy metal standard. ‘Hot Down South Tonight’ follows and this one is really bad. Actually it became one of the ‘best of’ I do not understand why, I mean, it is boring and has nothing to leave you with. ‘Silence is Madness’ comes next and being the title track it is more a regular song. It has good screams at the end.The lyrics here took an even darker feeling next to some other songs that are ‘happier’. ‘Until the end we rock’ is the happy song. It is all ultra catchy and melodic, very much ala Stryper’s ‘Calling on you’. The vocals are sung in higher notes to go along with the music. I like it and very much. ‘Evil Dreams’ is next and again a regular song with nothing to offer. Under the Influence is again a ‘hit’ when they play live. It has a very boring riff and the chorus is even worst.‘All Hollow’s Eve’ is the epic killer song in the same vein of ‘Heroes’ from LTD. The lyrics are very few in order to give more room for showing off musical skills and instrumental passages all but delicious. The good riff and the gloomy chorus are perfect and the middle instrumental part kicks your ass with a guitar and drums rhythm part that speeds things up and then the tempo changes rock your butt. The final scream is very similar to Axel Rose’s in You Could be Mine’. This is the kind of song to leave you wanting more. ‘No More Nightmares’ follows the same vein of Evil Dreams. Good but nothing remarkable. ‘Rock Those Blues Away’ is the closer and it is all but completely boring and if you want to picture it imagine Motorhead’s ‘Inferno’ closer song which is an acoustic blues too. This was a very bad way to close an album with some killer songs in it.This was the last time Bride wrote interesting lyrics in a heavy metal way. The next release was more hard rock in your face with a more commercial appeal. For what is worth, these 3 first releases are pure heavy metal delight and they deserve a change to be remembered so. ‘Everybody Knows my Name’ and ‘Same ol Sinner’ were written for this album but they clearly are out of place since the song writing, guitar distortion and vocal performance are completely different and more in the style to come two years later, but that my friends is another story.

Line Up:

Dale Thompson - vocals
Troy Thompson - guitar
Frank Partipillo - bass
Stephan Rolland - drums

Guest Musicians:

Rob Johnson – guitars
John Caruso - bass on "Under The Influence"
Armand Jon Petri - keyboards
Bill "Bolan" Scott – harmonica

Tracklist:

01. Fool Me Once 3:57
02. Hot Down South Tonight 3:10
03. Silence Is Madness 5:15
04. Until the End We Rock 3:10
05. Evil Dreams 4:04
06. Under the Influence 4:03
07. All Hallow’s Eve 5:10
08. No More Nightmares 4:12
09. Rock Those Blues Away 5:36

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