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Combat Records was an independent record label from New York Citymarker. The label was home to predominantly heavy metal and punk rock acts including Megadeth, Circle Jerks, Nuclear Assault, Death, Dead Brain Cells, Possessed, Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front, Agent Steel, Dark Angel, Heathen, Zoetrope and Exodus.


The label signed thrash metal band Megadeth to a contract in November 1984. The band released Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!, their first album, in 1985. Capitol Recordsmarker signed Megadeth in 1985, obtaining the rights from Combat to Megadeth's second album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?. The Combat logo appeared on the back of every Megadeth album on Capitol up through Countdown To Extinction.

Combat Records was the "in house" heavy metal label for independent powerhouse distributor Important Record Distributors. Important had several offices in the United States that promoted and sold Combat's releases. Important Records was also home to Megaforce Records in the mid-1980s and produced Metallica's Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning (prior to Metallica's transfer to Elektra Records), Anthrax's Fistful of Metal and many other early Megaforce releases. Important also introduced the United States to many other labels, including Noise (Celtic Frost, Helloween and Running Wild), Neat (Venom, Raven) and Metal Blade (Slayer & Trouble). Usually releases were issued in joint venture with the Combat logo.

Purchase and demise

Combat Records was later taken over by Relativity Records. Owned by Sony Records, Relativity allowed Combat to exist for a brief period of time, before Combat Records would cease to exist. Later, Sony would discontinue Relativity Records as well.


Combat Records briefly reformed in 2005, as an imprint under KOCH Records, releasing records from Look What I Did, Horse the Band, and At All Cost.




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