|Musical Style: Hard Rock||Produced By: Steve Griffin|
|Record Label: Pure Metal||Country Of Origin: USA|
|Year Released: 1991||Artist Website: Bride|
|Tracks: 10||Rating: 90%|
|Running Time: 42:56|
Kinetic Faith, the fourth full length album from West Point, Kentucky based Bride, can trace its origin back to the time between the release of the bands second and third albums - Live To Die and Silence Is Madness – when vocalist Dale Thompson, growing increasingly disenchanted with the Christian music industry, decided to pursue a “secular” career. Briefly venturing to California, Dale became involved in a band called Thunder Ball with bassist Rik Fox – a Los Angeles music scene veteran whom he met through a mutual friend – and performed two weeks worth of shows in addition to spending some time in the studio as well. Once the studio work with Thunder Ball was complete, however, Dale developed the conviction to return to Kentucky and reorganize Bride. One of the things he took home with him as a result of his experience in California, nevertheless, was being exposed to several bands whose roots date back to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple- an influence which helped lead to the more straightforward hard rock approach Bride would one day pursue in the future.
Upon returning to Kentucky, Dale joined forces again with his brother Troy, bassist Frankie Partipilo and drummer Stephan Rolland and in 1989 recorded the bands third Pure Metal release Silence Is Madness. Having fulfilled its contract with Refuge/Pure Metal and with Partipilo and Rolland departing the group, Dale and Troy proceeded to recruit the talented rhythm section of bassist Rick Foley and drummer Jerry McBroom. The songwriting process for Bride’s next album began immediately, the bands compositions – such as “Young Love” and “Kiss The Train” which made their way onto the three demo tapes it put together – reflecting the more blues based and back to basics hard rock direction it had decided to take. It was at around this time that the band received a call from Dez Dickerson, an executive at Star Song records, advising them that Star Song had purchases the Refuge Music Groups back catalog (which included Bride’s first three albums) and wanted to release a “Best Of Bride” compilation. The label was wondering if the band would like to record two new songs for the album; Bride agreed and selected two excellent new tracks in “Everybody Knows My Name” and “Same Ol’ Sinner” and the rest, as they say, is history.
End Of The Age: The Best Of Bride was released in 1990 and both songs were big hits, “Everybody Knows My Name” staying at the #1 spot on Christian metal radio for twelve weeks and “Same Ol’ Sinner” holding the same position for ten weeks. One of the problems facing Star Song, on the other hand, is that the label initially had no intention of signing Bride to a future deal and now faced a dilemma: What to do with Bride? Eventually, both Dez and Mike Kyle of Star Song met with Dale and Troy about the possibility of signing a multi-album deal and, after catching a showcase performance of Bride at a club in Kentucky called Louisville's Toy Tiger, expressed their desire to sign the band and put together a contract.
On Kinetic Faith, its 1991 full length Star Song debut, Bride abandons the power metal and thrash tendencies of its past efforts and moves in a straightforward and blues based hard rock direction. Reflecting the influences of Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Dangerous Toys, Motley Crue and Kix, the album showcases the maturity gained by the band in terms of its songwriting skills. . “Everybody Knows My Name” and “Hired Gun”, two of the albums standout tracks, bring a catchy but acoustic laced hard rock sound, while “Troubled Times” and “Ski Mask” move in a heavier and more guitar driven direction but hold up under hooks every bit as strong. . “Ever Fall In Love” and “Young Love”, conversely, deliver non-stop and catchy up-tempo hooks and stand in perfect complement to album closer “Sweet Louise”, a very well done acoustic based rock ‘n’ roll ballad.
Dale Thompson has really matured and come into his own as a vocalist here. Doing away with many of the high pitched screams and wails he adorned the bands previous efforts, he now takes a more controlled and even approach, adding a sassy and raspy if not blues flavored element to his vocal delivery. Troy Thompson stands out as well his soulful and scratchy lead guitar work, while, as with Silence Is Madness, Rob Johnson was brought in to round out the mix on lead and rhythm guitar. Bride has eliminated the double bass found on its past efforts and replaced it with the groove orientated drumming of the heavy footed Jerry McBroom. Bassist Rick Foley delivers the goods as well and, along with McBroom holds the bottom down real tight.
Album opener “Troubled Times” slowly fades in and stops dead in its tracks before taking off to one of Dale’s trademark screams. Proceeding through its first and second verse as a raging wall of rhythm guitar recoils in and out of the mix, “Troubled Times” culminates for an energetic chorus with a huge, catchy hook. An instrumental section carried by a grit-laden guitar solo closes out the final minute of a song dealing with bigotry and racism:
We don’t need no burning crosses
Put out the fire of bigotry
We don’t need to count our losses
When they bury you, they’ll bury me
I have a dream that we can be united
It will only work when fears are subsided
By the sweat of my brow, I won’t let it die
Freedom for our hearts is my battle cry
The acoustic guitar introducing “Hired Gun” slowly leads the way through its first verse. Picking up in pace at the start of the second, the song moves on to a trenchant but catchy chorus backed by a crashing torrent of rhythm guitar. Johnson steps forward with several seconds of blues-edged lead guitar work. Second great song in a row. “Hired Gun” is a song about an assassin:
They pay me lots of money for what I do
I’m a dancer, midnight romancer under the moon
I’m on the clock, I like to rock, I don’t work the streets
You’ll be amazed, your eyes a glazed
When I do my high wire feats
Hope you and Jesus have it all worked out
I’m a hired gun…
Confused? The band sums things up best in the albums liner notes:
The assassin always poses this question to his victims – “Hope you and Jesus have it all worked out.” This is the same question that God will ask you when you stand before Him to give an account of your life.
Getting underway to a drum solo, “Ever Fall In Love” flies through its verse portions at an upbeat tempo to a bass guitar driven riff. The non-stop hook filled chorus that follows will have you singing along in no time. I like how the song slows for an acoustic guitar interlude as Dale provides a discourse on the songs subject matter:
Love bears all things, believes all things
Hopes all things, endures all things
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is forgiving, love is blind
“Mountain” advances through its first and second verse in acoustic laced fashion as the rhythm guitar swirls away in the background. Gaining further momentum, the song transitions to a rollicking chorus delivered with a profusion of hard hitting impetus. Troy adorns the scene with his spirited work on lead guitar.
A clashing of symbols initiates “Ski Mask” before it takes off in a quickly moving manner, the tempestuous initiative maintained as the song storms its way to a climactic chorus giving rise to just the right amount of riveting ambience. Johnson’s ardent lead guitar work helps carry an extensive instrumental section. “Ski Mask” talks about a man who was a criminal but in the end found God:
Let’s go out and have some fun
With our ski mask and hand guns
Driving fast cars to the sun
We’ll be blind but we’ll die young
I could walk before I crawled
Jesus crushed my heart of stone
Gave me love I had never known
Don’t need no, don’t want no…
Ski mask and hand guns
I might be tempted to say this is the albums best track if it were not for the one that follows…
The superlative “Everybody Knows My Name” is slowly propelled through its first verse by an acoustic guitar. Picking up in pace in emotional fashion as an edgy rhythm guitar takes over, an intense setting is put in place as the song grinds its way to an infectious chorus with a huge, commercial hook. “Everybody Knows My Name” tells the story of a man who gained fame and riches through music but found that in the end all he had in life was worthless without God:
Everybody knows my name
Everybody wants the fame
Everybody wants to see
Everybody wants a piece of me
I’ve read about a man who died
on a cross for everybody’s sins
If you want to make a change
you’ve got to put your faith in Him
The melody here is prevailing and you will be challenged to keep it out of your head.
“Young Love” is an up-tempo hard rocker that brings to mind “Ever Fall In Love”. Commencing to several seconds of open air rhythm guitar, a pounding riff steps forward and urges the song ahead until it picks up in pace for a high-octane chorus carried at a catchy, upbeat tempo. Johnson nails a brief but very well done blues based guitar solo.
The drum solo at the start of “Kiss The Train” gives way to a driving, acoustic laced riff. Tapering off upon reaching its first verse, “Kiss The Train” moves ahead to a blend of acoustic guitar and striking drums until the rhythm guitar returns and drives an attitude-laden chorus fortified by Dale’s tenacious vocal delivery. The lyrics to “Kiss The Train” convey an anti-suicide message:
In my sleep, I could feel the snake
Burning my body until it ached
Signed my name in blood, dream of salvation
The morning will come, my move without reservation
This isn’t the way out, there’s always hope and time
If you wait on the train, you’ll go out of your mind
Kiss the train, I won’t do it
Kiss the train, I’d be a fool
The message here is that there is always hope and love through God and there is no situation that is worth taking your life over.
“Crimes Against Humanity” incrementally proceeds through its verse portions to a trace of acoustic guitar until it evenly transitions to a chorus delivered in a straightforward and hard rocking manner. Troy puts his skills on display with a well performed run of snarling lead guitar. “Crimes Against Humanity” relates how we are guilty of crimes against humanity by neglecting the homeless and poor:
What about the homeless, the starving, the poor?
No room for the sick cause the rich want more
They lied to us, they lied to them,
breaks my heart inside
Took their hope, stole their love,
no life left in their eyes
Crimes against humanity, the dogs are closing in
And when the Kingdom comes, it will bring it to an end
Tell me you believe
The album closes strongly to the acoustic based rock ‘n’ roll ballad “Sweet Louise”. Slowly moving forward to a compelling blend of acoustic and rhythm guitar, “Sweet Louise” gains impetus prior to obtaining a sing-along chorus giving rise to an abundance of emotionally charged appeal.
Review by: Andrew Rockwell
Track Listing: “Troubled Times” (4:28), “Hired Gun” (4:29), “Ever Fall In Love” (4:35), “Mountain” (4:12), “Ski Mask” (4:30), “Everybody Knows My Name” (4:23), “Young Love” (3:30), “Kiss The Train” (3:57), “Crimes Against Humanity” (4:05), “Sweet Louise” (4:42)
Dale Thompson – Lead Vocals
Troy Thompson – Guitars & Mandolin
Rick Foley – Bass
Jerry McBroom – Drums
Rob Johnson – Guitars & Mandolin
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“Kinetic Bride.” Heaven’s Metal 32 (1991): 10-12 & 16.
“Bride The Book – Chapter 4.” Online article available at: www.bridepub.com/chap4.htm
“Bride The Book – Chapter 5.” Online article available at: www.bridepub.com/chap5.htm
“Bride The Book – Chapter 6.” Online article available at: www.bridepub.com/chap6.htm