One Record Company to Rule Them All






Record companies have come and gone over the decades but the one record company which ruled in 1986 was Combat Records. Founded in 1983, Combat Records became the ‘in house’ label for heavy metal. Quite a few well known heavy metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax first started with the label before being enticed away by larger companies. All three bands made their debut albums with Combat Records. Other artists to record with Combat were Savatage, Venom, Mercyful Fate and Corrosion of Conformity plus many more. However, it seemed that in 1986, every time I picked up a new metal album, it had been released through Combat Records. So, in celebration of this great record company which ruled 1986, I will play songs from some of the great bands who recorded with them. Note: not every song here will be from 1986.


Combat Records would be taken over by Sony Records who allowed the label to exist for awhile before putting an end to it all together. It may be consigned to history but metalheads in 1986 will remember the great music which this great label produced.

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4 Responses to “One Record Company to Rule Them All”

  1. Cool, I remember that label on a couple of US imports I had. For us in the european markets Combat distributed their artists like Metallica, Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Venom and others under the Music For Nations and Under One Flag label. I remember having a compilation album by Music For Nations just crammed with excellent metal and doom bands.

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  2. Some serious Metal on Combat thats for sure.

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