History, rejoice! Mr. Dave Ellefson, Megadeth’s friendlier founder, has announced that he and fellow EMP Label Group partner, Thom Hazaert, are resurrecting Combat Records! Combat Records was on the forefront of thrash and punk in the 80’s, having signed such bands as Megadeth, Exodus, and Nuclear Assault. Ellefson said on the matter,
“Today is a really exciting day, as after over a year, it was finally announced the we will be relaunching the legendary Combat Records as a new label through EMP Label Group…so excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history.”
On coming full circle with the new venture,
“Even though we signed to Capitol after ‘Killing Is My Business‘, Combat’s logo was on all the MEGADETH releases through ‘Countdown To Extinction‘, and it truly was/is one of the most iconic metal labels of all time, even being home to some of the other artists who would end up on the EMP roster, like HELSTAR. The same independent spirit that drove Combat in those early days is truly the same spirit that drives what we do with EMP, and we are honored to launch another amazing conduit to support new and established metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past.”
EMP will not own any rights to the Combat Catalog.
Nostalgia has me feeling all misty-eyed. Very cool news!
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