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Founded in Washington DC, USA in 1997 (as ARISE FROM THORNS) - Still active as of 2018

BRAVE can trace their history back to 1997, when Scott Loose (guitars) and Trevor Schrotz (drums) decided to form a band, originally called ARISE FROM THORNS. Scott's sister, Michelle Loose (vocals, keyboards), joined the project soon after the formation and the trio started writing and recording music which released a self-titled album in 1998.

Also in 1998, the group expanded, adding Chris Welborn (bass, formerly of DIVISION) and Tom Philips (guitar, formerly of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT).

"Before an Audience of Stars", the band's sophomore album, was released in 1999 - and later reissued in 2001.

In the meantime the members felt a name change was called for since the musical style evolved from the avant-garde style that they had been exploring, towards a more distinct progressive metal sound. So, in March of 2000, the band changed their name to BRAVE.

A year later, BRAVE released their first EP "Waist Deep in Dark Waters" in March 2001.

In February 2002, the 5-piece entered the studio and recorded their full length album "Searching for the Sun" which was released in July. Just after this release, Suvo Sur (violin) joined the band, replacing guitarist Tom Philips. The same year they entered Jaxx's Battle of the Bands and achieved 2nd place among 250 contestants in a 6 month long competition.

In 2003, Chris Welborn left the group and was replaced by MODULUS bass player Ben Kelly (formerly of FORTY DAYS LONGING).

Early in 2004, the first creation from this revamped line-up was released, an EP named "Passages".

BRAVE continues being active on the live circuit as well, and they now find themselves booked as opening act for several renowned acts playing in the Washington DC area on a regular basis.

In 2007, Matt Kozar (guitar, formerly of FORTY DAYS LONGING, BETRAY MY TRUST, and TIME OF THE WOLF) joined the band as the second guitarist bringing the group to six. In May 2008 Brave released their first studio album in four years, "Monuments."

BRAVE has released 4 productions of progressive metal, mixing raw and heavy passages with calmer melodic moments. The vocals of singer Michelle Loose ties it all together, in a manner which has seen comparisons made to an act like THE GATHERING; and Michelle herself compared to Annie Haslam. This band has been a freq...
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4.00 | 9 ratings
Searching For The Sun
3.89 | 9 ratings
3.09 | 3 ratings
The Calm | The Storm

BRAVE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

BRAVE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BRAVE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Lost In Retrospect

BRAVE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.50 | 2 ratings
Waist Deep In Dark Waters
4.00 | 2 ratings

BRAVE Reviews

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 The Calm | The Storm by BRAVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.09 | 3 ratings

The Calm | The Storm
Brave Progressive Metal

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars The last full studio album Brave released was back in 2008. Its hard to believe that was over 10 years ago. They return with a new album now in 2019 called 'The Calm/The Storm' with the same 6 member line up. Michelle Schrotz (whose last name was formerly Loose) is lead singer and keyboardist. Her brother Scott Loose is the guitarist along with Matt Kozar. Trevor Schrotz is on the drums, Ben Kelly on Bass and Suvo Sur on violin and keyboards. The band is listed as Progressive Metal, but previous to the formation of 'Brave' they were known as 'Arise from Thorns' and explored a more avant-garde style. When they changed their style, they changed their name.

The music on this album is a pleasant combination of heaviness with full on electric guitar work (The Storm) and acoustic, more mellow songs (The Calm), but overall tends to come out sounding like a progressive lite band. Michelle's vocals are nice enough and fit well to the more mellow sounds on this album.

'I Will Wait' starts off the album on the heavy side, but a safe distance from really being called metal, but almost sounds like the pop/metal sounds of 'Linkin Park'. It is a good opener and the following track stays in the same style with 'Mystery'. Things turn more of a MOR track with more acoustic guitar, but retaining the rest of the band on 'A Thousand Miles of Sand'. 'No Gravity' continues a lighter feel in a Celtic style lilt, an instrumental with the welcome sound of a violin leading the track.

'Summertime' follows with a heavier sound, but again it leans towards pop/metal, this time sounding more 'Heart'-like. Unfortunately, it's the more pop version of Heart. 'Bay Song' is a nice acoustic ballad, but is rather short. 'Race to the End' has more of a heavy blues feel to it with churning guitars, and probably approaches the metal sound more than the prior tracks. There is a guest vocalist on there too who almost sounds like Devin Townsend except it's not, it's Rain Irving. Hmmm. The violin is featured on this on too, and the track is a definite highlight. Great track, but it's still progressive-lite.

'November' is a lovely mid-tempo ballad. 'Electric Ravens' is a bit heavier but pretty much a straightforward mid-tempo rocker. The album ends with 'Feel the Rain' and follows the pattern by offering a more acoustic track. After the first 2 tracks on this album, the predictable pattern of acoustic followed by electric tracks continues through the rest of the album.

This album seems to be quite far away from being metal or progressive, being very lite on both aspects. The music is great, especially the softer tracks, as the heavier ones seem a little convoluted, but they are still mostly enjoyable. I can easily give this a 3 star rating because it is fairly commercial and quite 'middle of the road' sounding. There are some tracks towards the middle that are weak, but it is still listenable. The highlights for me are both 'No Gravity' and 'Race to the End'.

 Lost In Retrospect by BRAVE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2009
4.00 | 2 ratings

Lost In Retrospect
Brave Progressive Metal

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Excellent compilation of tunes from this little known band from the USA. Their mix of heavy metal riffs, melodic rock and prog rock is quite appealing and charming. Their music is too varied to pigeonhole it but the constant factors are their excellent musicianship, the tasteful arrangements and the strong songwriting. And above it all, Michelle LooseŽs vocals. She has a great voice and a strong interpretation of the songs. I wish more bands would be as careful about their singers as this one.

I guess the CD has too many variations to mention some highlight. I heard it for the first time from beginning to end without any feel of skipping a single track. None are bad, even if some are better than others depending on the listenerŽs tastes. Production is top notch and the band playing is just flawless. IŽll keep an eye on this band. Very promising. It took me quite a long time to get the CD, but it was well worth the wait.

Conclusion: a nice surprise! If you like melodic rock with some heavy guitars to spice it up, a brilliant female singer and an almost perfect delivering from all involved, this is for you. Although there is not too many explicit progressive moments on the record, other than some keyboards and violin lines here and there, I will rate it four stars for its sheer quality.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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