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Combat Records, like Megaforce (which was spotlighted here last week), was a New York-based mostly metal label, associated with Important Record Distributors, that started spreading thrash to the masses in the mid-'80s. Combat teamed up with such European imprints as Noise (from Germany) and Neat (from the U.K.) to release music by Celtic Frost, Kreator, Helloween and Venom in the U.S., and signed all sorts of combative American outfits as well.

A few other heavy names that brandished Combat’s militaristic logo on albums back in the bad old days: Megadeth, Mercyful Fate, Trouble (via a joint venture with Metal Blade), Savatage, Nuclear Assault, Death and Bathory -- not to mention British punks The Exploited and G.B.H. They’re all in this mix. The label’s long gone, but the music it sold can still start fights.

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