BRIDE - SHOW NO MERCY (*Used-Vinyl, 1986, Pure Metal Records)
JACKET: VG- Ringwear, corner ding, original lyrics insert with band merch insert attached
The origin of Bride dates back to 1983 when brothers Dale and Troy Thompson formed Matrix, a hard rocking unit in which Dale handled bass and lead vocals and Troy all guitar duties. After recording four demo tapes over the next three years, the two got their break when promoter Dorn Repport arranged for Matrix to open for Daniel Band in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Bride played before a wild crowd of 1000 that included executives from the Refuge Music Group. Refuge?s interest skyrocketed when they saw the band sell out of every tape it brought to the show! Six months later the band, now known as Bride, signed a contract with Refuge/Pure Metal.
The 1986 release of SHOW NO MERCY immediately catapulted Bride to the elite ranks of Christian metal! Much more muscular than the standard hair metal of the day, it was the extravagantly talented vocals of Dale Thompson and the dominating, skillful axework of brother, Troy Thompson that set the band apart. While many Christian metal acts were described as Christian versions of their mainstream counterparts, Bride's sound was dark, powerful, and most importantly original!