EMP Label Group to Relaunch Combat Records
Combat Records will be relaunched as a new label through EMP Label Group, the record company founded by David Ellefson of Megadeth. The new Combat imprint will act as a conduit to support new and established metal artists, with great respect to the legacy of the past. According to Ellefson, EMP Label Group do not own the rights to the the Combat catalog, which included artists like Megadeth, Circle Jerks, Nuclear Assault, OZ, Death, Dead Brain Cells, Possessed, Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front, Agent Steel, Dark Angel, Heathen, Zoetrope and Exodus. Those rights are owned and controlled by SONY.
EMP Label Group’s Combat imprint will focus solely on new releases.
Statement from David Ellefson:
“So excited and honored to be able to revive such an iconic brand that was so instrumental to my history. 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 Label Group. As always, thank you for your support, and stay tuned for more details!”