Bride – Demo 1

Bride
Demo 1
1989? (no label)
West Point, Kentucky, USA

Dale Thompson
Troy Thompson
(others?)

  1. Same ol’ Sinner
  2. Melissa
  3. Dirty
  4. Good Rock & Roll
  5. 18 and (On Her Own)

This makes 2 of the 3 Bride “transitional” demos I have had the chance to transfer to digital for someone. I call this “transitional” because they seemed to cover the time period that Bride was going through their first major transition (from traditional heavy metal to hard rock). Of course, Bride was always changing sounds to some degree, so “transition” applies in a broader sense. Most of these songs have been re-recorded for Bride albums or released on various demo compilations like Lost Reels. However, it does seem like this tape is in better condition than the ones used for the various Bride compilations. Or maybe I am just prejudiced to my own tape player and the way it adds a nice mix of bass to cassette rips without drowning out the other levels. And yes, the cassette does call track 2 “Miellissa”, but I assume that is a typo.

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Matrix – Monkey See Monkey Do

Matrix
Monkey See Monkey Do
1984 (no label)
West Point, Kentucky, USA

Dale Thompson
Troy Thompson
(others?)

Side 1:

  1. Hero’s
  2. Now He is Gone
  3. Remember Me
  4. Now You See Me (Now You Don’t)
  5. All Hallow’s Eve

Side 2:

  1. Slipin’ Into the Light
  2. We are Going to Make It
  3. Forever in Darkness
  4. He’s a Flyer
  5. Follow Your Heart

This is a well-known demo of band that was signed and changed their name to Bride. Since they have released all these songs on various demo collections, why include it here? Because a lot of the information out there is wrong. Some of those collections claimed to have all of the songs on two of the Matrix demos when they really didn’t. Some websites made song lists from those collections assuming they were correct when they really weren’t. The song list above is the correct song order. Some earlier compilations replaced “Now He is Gone” with “Fright,” “Forever in Darkness” with “Look at Me Now,” and “Follow Your Heart” with “What Must I Do.” The three songs used to replace the original ones were from the Matrix demo Silent Madness. Several of the songs here made it on to later Bride albums. “Now He is Gone,” “Forever in Darkness,” and “Follow Your Heart” were re-recorded for Show No Mercy in 1986. “Heroes” was re-recorded for Live to Die in 1988. “All Hallow’s Eve” was re-recorded for Silence is Madness in 1989. After saying all of that, I would still say this is a great early 80s metal demo – you can see why they were signed back in the day.

Missing Information: Who all played on this demo?

Matrix – Silent Madness

Matrix
Silent Madness
1985 (no label)
West Point, Kentucky, USA

Dale Thompson
Troy Thompson
(others?)

Side 1:

  1. What Must I Do?
  2. Fright
  3. Rebel on the Run
  4. Song Master
  5. Look at Me Now

Side 2:

  1. Mirror, Mirror
  2. Child of Dreams
  3. Fly Away
  4. Melissa
  5. The First Will Be Last

This was the third of the four Matrix demos that they released before signing to Pure Metal records and changing names to Bride. There has been a lot of confusion over these demos, as several CDs have been released claiming to be the “complete” collection of Matrix demos… when they were not. I finally got my hands on the actual tape and made a rip myself, since all of the collections out there tend to be wrong in some ways. The style is early 80s heavy metal, not too far from what they recorded on the debut Bride album. The cover for this is actually a standard picture from a normal camera that was cropped down to size – and no liner notes. It seems they might have used different images for different copies. “Fly Away” and “The First Will Be Last” were re-recorded for Show No Mercy. “Fright” and “Look at Me Now” were both released as bonus tracks on the Silence is Madness re-issue from 2000, while “What Must I Do?” and “Fright” made it on to the M8 release The Matrix Years. “Melissa” was also on the 2014 collection The Matrix Years by Retroactive Records – but it was a different version that sounded more like late-80s Bride than Matrix.

Missing Information: Who all played on this demo?

Bride – Demo 3

Bride
Demo 3
1990? Independent
Westpoint, Kentucky, USA

Dale Thompson
Troy Thompson
(others?)

  1. Pyramid Club
  2. Sweet Louise
  3. Young Love
  4. I Miss the Rain

Bride had a lot of demos in the early days. There were 4 demos as Matrix, and at least three as Bride. The first demo in this “series” (since they are numbered) was released in 1989, and two of the songs on this demo made it on to Kinetic Faith in 1991, so this was one was probably 1990. The first track was just released as “Pyramid” on Lost Reels 1, with a few slight edits to the intro. The rest of the demo versions here seem to have made it on to Lost Reels 2. Sometimes people will skip doing rips of demos like this that have been released, but I tend to still rip them. There are sometimes slight differences between the original demos and the versions that make it onto newer demo collections – they sometimes snip off a bit here and there for time concerns. Or they use a different unreleased version that they think sounds better. None of this is all that common, but I usually like to go straight to the source just to be safe.

Missing Information: Who all played on this demo?