Dale Thompson

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Dale Thompson
Birth name Philip Dale Thompson
Born December 13, 1963
West Point (Kentucky)
Origin United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • author
  • painter
  • boxer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Associated acts Bride, The World Will Burn, Perpetual Paranoia[1]
Website bridepub.com

Dale Thompson (born 1963) is an American singer, musician, songwriter, author and painter. In 1983, along with his younger brother Troy, Dale formed the band Matrix and began writing original material. In 1986, Matrix was signed to a record deal and changed their name to Bride. Between 1986 and 2013, Dale released 14 studio albums with Bride, along with five solo albums, before disbanding the group, with the brothers remaining the only two original members throughout Bride's career. A lyric tenor in Bride's early days, Dale was known for his powerful and stratospheric voice, as is evidenced on such early Bride songs as "Evil That Men Do", "Hell No" and "Here Comes the Bride".[2]

Thompson was into boxing and weightlifting, and currently holds two Kentucky bench press records. He has the title as the "Strongest Man in Kentucky."

Dale and his brother retired Bride in 2013, after releasing the band's 14th and final album, Incorruptible.[3]

Dale currently lives in New Zealand and has a new musical project, "The World Will Burn", with Kentucky-based multi-instrumentalist Alan Zaring. The duo has released their debut album, Severity.[4] He also formed a new band called "N.O.G", meaning "No Other God". The band are currently finishing recording their first album for a 2018 release.[5]

In 2018, Thompson announced a new project with Tiago James De Souza of Hand of Fire, called Perpetual Paranoia.[1] They have describe their style as heavy, but not thrash metal.

Presidential candidate nomination[edit]

Thompson was seeking the Constitution Party nomination in the 2008 campaign for President of the United States.[6][7] He dropped out around March 19, 2007, but stating "If the Lord wills maybe we can seriously look at 2012."[8]

Dale has also completed his Kentucky State EMT exam and has passed his National Registry test to become a certified EMT (Emergency medical Technician).

Personal beliefs[edit]

Thompson considers himself a committed Christian and universalist[9] and according to Scott Waters of Ultimatum, Dale's lyrical approach of universalism has been featured most prominently in "This is it" and "Skin for Skin."[10] In the album Skin for Skin, Thompson's lyrics claim a greater Universalist view than previous releases, most notably in the song "End of Days," where the lyrics contain what is considered Thompson's most outward implication of Universalism with the lyrics, "Every man, women and child followed Adam to the grave. Your flesh he will destroy that your spirit will be saved...concluded them all in unbelief, he'll have mercy on everyone, by His grace and peace the Spirit and the Bride say come".[10]

Despite his Universalism and several accusations that he is no longer a Christian, Thompson has stated that he is a devout Christian and does believe in a Hell, though he has not staked a clear position on other doctrinal issues such as speaking in tongues, divine healing, foot washing, and the rapture, as he believes the teachings of Christ are the most important areas of Christian Faith.[11] He argues that the Bible does not require anything other than Believing in Christ's teachings.[12] Dale is often critical of many Christian churches and denominations, particularly fundamentalism, as they often refer to Christian Universalist beliefs as heresy.[11]

Criticism of Cornerstone Festival[edit]

Thompson is critical of Cornerstone Festival, stating "the Cornerstone staff was easily freaked out by us. They would have some bizarre goth band play or some punk band that said crazy things and put on weird shows and invite them back year after year... while we preached boldly from the stage and basically was blacklisted from the festival. Sorry state of affairs."[12]


With Bride[edit]

Studio albums

Compilations and other releases

  • Heavy Righteous Metal (1988)
  • The Axemen (1988)
  • Heavy Righteous Metal II (1989)
  • End of the Age (1990)
  • Metal Meltdown (1990)
  • Skate Arise (1991)
  • God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You (1993)
  • Lost Reels I (1994)
  • Lost Reels II (1994)
  • I Predict a Clone a tribute to Steve Taylor - various artists (1994)
  • Shotgun Wedding: 11 No. 1 Hits and Mrs. (1995)
  • Lost Reels III (1997)
  • Bride Live! Volume I (1999)
  • Bride Live Volume II Acoustic (2000)
  • Best of Bride (2000)
  • Live at Cornerstone 2001 (2001)
  • The Matrix Years / Lost Reels (2001)
  • MP3 Major Releases (2001)
  • MP3 Independent Releases (2001)
  • The Organic Years (2002)
  • Raw 7-track demo (2003)

Solo albums[edit]

  • Speak into the Machine (1994)
  • Dale Thompson and the Religious Overtones (1995)
  • Testimony - Dale Thompson and The Kentucky Cadillacs (1998)
  • Acoustic Daylight (1998)
  • Unbridled (2002)

With The World Will Burn[edit]

  • Severity (2016)
  • RuiNation (2017)

Perpetual Paranoia[edit]

  • The Reapers (2018)


  1. ^ a b "'Perpetual Paranoia' – An International Collaboration Between 'Dale Thompson' (Bride) & 'Tiago James De Souza' (Hand of Fire)". The Metal Resource. January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018. 
  2. ^ Bride Interview. Imperiumi.net (Finnish)
  3. ^ Bride is saying goodbye: A letter from frontman Dale Thompson. mauce.nl
  4. ^ http://www.theworldwillburn.com/bio Biography at theworldwillburn.com
  5. ^ http://www.labatea.redaccioncentral.net/index.php/revista/item/1073-n-o-g-lo-nuevo-de-dale-thompson
  6. ^ Christian Rocker Seeking Constitution Party Presidential Nomination at Third Party Watch - URL. Retrieved March 4, 2007
  7. ^ Thompson's MySpace page announcing his candidacy - URL. Retrieved March 4, 2007
  8. ^ "Dale Thompson 4 President???". Classicgod.com. 1990-01-01. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Open Letter from Dale Thompson of the Christian Metal Band Bride". Christianmusic.about.com. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  10. ^ a b "No Life 'til Metal - CD Gallery - Bride". Nolifetilmetal.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  11. ^ a b "Letter from Thompson". Christianmusic.about.com. 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  12. ^ a b "Religious Beliefs". Libertynjustice.net. Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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