Matrix – Monkey See, Monkey Do – 1984

Before there was Bride there was Matrix. Matrix put a lot of effort into getting their music out regardless of a record deal. They actually produced 4 Demo’s before getting a record deal and this is #2 of those 4. This demo had a couple tracks that would later be released as Bride. I listened to both the demo and album versions of “Heroes”, and “All Hallow’s Eve” and I think I prefer the raw sound of the demo versions to be honest. All in all this is a very good sounding Demo and must have been a great prize to have at the time. Of course now it’s almost impossible to come by but luckily Bride re-released all their demo’s on CD in 2001.

1 – Heroes – 3:29
2 – Fright – 3:26
3 – Remember Me – 4:22
4 – Now You See Me (Now You Don’t) – 3:08
5 – All Hallow’s Eve – 2:37
6 – Slippin’ into the Light – 2:58
7 – We Are Going to Make It – 3:37
8 – Look at Me Now – 4:11
9 – He’s the Flyer – 3:42
10 – What Must I Do – 3:56

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Bride – Silence Is Madness – 1989

Bride finished the 80’s with an album that was very well received. It definitely toned down the thrash metal sound that most fans had grown use to and started to lean more towards an arena rock sound. That said this is a Metal album and you’ll realize that right away on the first track. That said “Until The End We Rock” is more of an arena rock tune and my pick for a single. The album does have a bit of an oddball track being “Rock Those Blues Away”. Best described as Glenn Kaiser meets Darrell Mansfield it’ll kind of surprise you as you finish off the album. All in all a good offering from Bride and is probably one of my preferred albums from them.

Tracklist
1 – Fool Me Once – 3:58
2 – Hot Down South – 3:09
3 – Silence Is Madness – 5:18
4 – Until The End We Rock – 3:23
5 – Evil Dreams – 4:05
6 – Under The Influence – 4:05
7 – All Hallow’s Eve – 5:12
8 – No More Nightmares – 4:14
9 – Rock Those Blues Away – 5:38

Credits
Bass – Frank Partipilo
Cover – Swartzentruber
Drums – Stephan Rolland
Engineer – Alan Dussel
Guitar, Music By – Troy Thompson
Keyboards, Producer – Armand John Petri
Lead Guitar – Rob Johnson (6) (tracks: 1 to 3, 5, 8), Troy Thompson (tracks: 4, 6, 7, 9)
Lyrics By – Dale Thompson, Sharon (tracks: 3, 7), Troy Thompson (tracks: 6)
Music By – Frank Partipilo (tracks: 1, 5, 8)
Photography By – Ken Cavanaugh
Vocals – Dale Thompson
Vocals [Background] – Max Maxwell (tracks: 4 to 7)

Companies, etc.
Produced At – Funhouse Recording Studio
Produced At – Trackmaster Audio
Distributed By – Spectra Distribution
Distributed By – Mainroads Music Group
Copyright (c) – Tower Of Refuge
Copyright (c) – Zalena Photography

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Bride – Live To Die – 1988

This is the 2nd album from Bride and is generally thought of as their best album. It has a more polished production sound which is typical of a bands second album.

There is a touch of trash / speed metal on this album but for the main part is standard heavy metal. The track Hell No is generally known as the album single.

Track Listing:
1 – Metal Might – 3:33
2 – Hell No – 3:50
3 – In The Dark – 4:08
4 – Out For Blood – 2:56
5 – Live To Die – 2:52
6 – Fire And Brimstone – 4:25
7 – Whiskey Seed – 3:39
8 – Here Comes The Bride – 2:26
9 – Heroes – 7:10

Credits:
Bass – Frank Partipilo
Design, Layout – Jeff Spencer
Drums – Stephan Rolland
Executive Producer – Gavin Morkel
Guitar – Steve Osborne, Troy Thompson
Producer, Engineer – John Petri
Vocals – Dale Thompson

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Various – The Axemen – 1988

This is a 1988 sampler from Pure Metal Records (a division of Refuge Music Group). It features some of the best heavy metal bands of the late 80’s.

Track Listing:
1 – Whitecross – Shakedown – 4:13
2 – Bride – Hell No – 3:50
3 – Saint – Returning – 4:45
4 – Force 3 – Warrior Of Light – 5:32
5 – Lightforce – Babylon – 6:54
6 – Jerusalem – Covered By Blood – 3:34
7 – The Daniel Band – Party In Heaven – 2:57
8 – Rosanna’s Raiders – Serve Someone – 4:04
9 – Novella – Running Home – 4:49
10 – Scarlet Red – You Live Fast – 4:46
11 – Bjorn Stigsson – Come Together – 2:59

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Bride – Show No Mercy – 1986

This was the introductory album by Bride and is the typical Heavy Metal ware of the period.

The album did not sell well, probably in part because it was recorded on a $2500 budget. The production is very rough, but that said the album was a favourite of some exactly because of the raw edge that it has.

Track listing:
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)

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