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Raven, Dead By Wednesday, Etc. Among Relaunched Combat Records Roster


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The first artists have been announced for the roster of the newly resurrected Combat Records label. Megadeth‘s David Ellefson and his EMP Label Group are behind the label now, which will serve as an EMP imprint. Ellefson has commented that the deal doesn’t include rights to the Combat back catalog however. He issued the below statement 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.

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.

And to clarify, we do not own any rights to the Combat back catalog. That is owned, and controlled by Sony, and they have done a great job of curating it through other imprints. Combat Records will solely focus on NEW releases under the Combat banner. As always, thank you for your support, and stay tuned for more details!”

Current release plans for the label include a new album from Raven, a limited edition ‘classic’ b-sides release from Helstar and new efforts from Dead By Wednesday and Wrath.

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