Next to Metal Blade, Combat Records were probably the most important and influential of the original US Metal labels. They started out in 1983 as the Metal-imprint of Relativity Records, in turn owned by IRD (Important). With so many classic quality releases on their conscience you'd think there would be some legendary Metal character à la Metal Blade's Brian Slagel or Megaforce's Jon Zazula behind it all, but these top men seem a bit more anonymous. Frankly the little info I've found on Combat is very confusing and contradictory and at the moment I'm not even sure if they started out in NY or LA. I'll try to straighten out some ?s in the near future.

Some notes on the list:

  • The missing numbers in the list are confirmed off-topic Relativity releases (they shared the same serial index and includes everything from Tangerine Dream to Alien Sex Fiend to musical soundtracks) so I have of course left them out, bar a handful of noteworthy exceptions. I still need info on the ones with the usual "If anyone knows more.."-tag, even if plenty of them will probably turn out to be Relativity- and not Combat releases.

  • I've included the titles of Combat's HC/Punk sisterlabel Combat Core, since these bands and albums are commonly considered part of the Combat-family. These artists later shifted to Combat Records after the CC imprint was scrapped in 1987.

  • On the other hand I've left out the Sub-Core Records material, seeing as they weren't really related to Combat at all but originally an indie HC label that later got picked up by Relativity. I think.
 
   






Cover
Cat#
Artist
Title
Format
Year
(comment)






EMC 8001
Talas
Sink Your Teeth Into That
LP
1983
First full-lenght release on motherlabel Relativity Records and included here since the band later turned up on Combat.
MX 8003
The Rods
Live
LP
1983
 
EMC 8004
G.B.H.
City Baby's Revenge
LP
1984
Not Metal. Punk.

Licensed from Clay Records (1983). Released on motherlabel Relativity Records and included here since the band later turned up on Combat Core.
MX 8005
Talas
High Speed On Ice
LP
1984
 
MX 8006
Oz
Fire In The Brain
LP
1984
Licensed from Tyfon Records (1983).
MX 8007
Helstar
Burning Star
LP
1984
 
MX 8008
Tokyo Blade
Midnight Rendezvous
LP
1984
Licensed from Powerstation Records (1983, originally self-titled).

.
MX 8009
The Rods
Let Them Eat Metal
LP
1984
 
MX 8010
TKO
In Your Face
LP
1984
 
MX 1208
TKO
I Wanna Fight
12" EP
1984
 
MX 8011
Mercyful Fate
Don't Break The Oath
LP
1984
Licensed from Roadrunner Records.
MX 8012
Tokyo Blade
Night Of The Blade
LP
1984
Licensed from Powerstation Records.

.
MX 8013
Oz
III Warning
LP
1984
Licensed from Tyfon Records.
MX 8014
Abattoir
Vicious Attack
LP
1985
 
MX 8015
Megadeth
Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good
LP/CD
1985
 
MX 6016
Savatage
The Dungeons Are Calling
MLP
1985
 
MX 8017
Thrasher
Burning At The Speed Of Light
LP
1985
 
MX 8018
Savatage
Sirens
LP
1985
Originally on Par Records in 1982 with different cover art.
MX 8019
Exodus
Bonded By Blood
LP/CD
1985
Co-released by Torrid Records.
MX 8020
Slayer
Hell Awaits
LP/CD/ Pic-LP
1985
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
MX 8021
Trouble
The Skull
LP
1985
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
MX 8022
Venom
Possessed
LP
1985
Licensed from Neat Records.
MX 8023
Exciter
Long Live The Loud
LP
1985
 
MX 8024
Possessed
Seven Churches
LP/CD
1985
Title in black-on-black embossed letters, unlike all later pressings.
MX 8025
Zoetrope
Amnesty
LP
1985
 
MX 8026
Running Wild
Gates To Purgatory
LP
1985
Licensed from Noise Records. Includes 2 bonus tracks taken from the "Victim Of States Power" EP.
MX 8027
Hallows Eve
Tales Of Terror
LP
1985
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
MX 8028
Nasty Savage
s/t
LP
1985
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
MX 8029
Agent Steel
Sceptics Apocalypse
LP
1985
 
MX 8030
Venom
Black Metal
LP/CD
1985
Licensed from Neat Records (1982). Includes 3 bonus tracks: Bloodlust, Acid Queen and Die Hard.
MX 8031
Venom
At War With Satan
LP/CD
1985
Licensed from Neat Records (1984). Includes 2 bonus tracks: Manitou and Woman.
MX 8032
Venom
Welcome To Hell
LP/CD
1985
Licensed from Neat Records (1981). Includes 2 bonus tracks: In Nomine Satanas and Bursting Out.
MX 8033
Sweet Pain
s/t
LP
1985
 
MX 8034
Venom
American Assault
MLP
1986
 
MX 8035
Exciter
Feel The Knife
12" EP
1985
 
MXV 8038
V/A
Combat Tour Live: The Ultimate Revenge
VHS
1985
featuring:
Exodus, Venom and Slayer.
MX 8041
Bathory
The Return...
LP
1985
Licensed from Tyfon Records.
CC 8046
Agnostic Front
Victim In Pain
LP
1986

Licensed from Rat Cage Records (1986).
Different cover art from origninal.
CC 8047
English Dogs
Forward Into Battle
LP
1986
CC 8048
Circle Jerks
Wönderful
LP/CD
1985
CC 8049
Agnostic Front
Cause For Alarm
LP/CD
1986


CD released in '91 w/ the "Victim In Pain" LP as bonus.
MX 8050
Bathory
s/t
LP
1985
Licensed from Tyfon/Black Mark Records.
MX 8051
Running Wild
Branded And Exiled
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records (1985)
MX 8052
Helstar
Remnants Of War
LP
1986
 
MX 8053
Impaler
If We Had Brains... We'd Be Dangerous
LP
1986
 
MX 8054
Exciter
Unveiling The Wicked
LP
1986
 
MX 8059
Iron Angel
Hellish Crossfire
LP
1986
Licensed from Steamhammer Records (1986).
MX 8062
Venom
Here Lies Venom
4-LP Box
1986
Includes "Welcom To Hell", "Black Metal", "At War With Satan" and a pic-disc version of "American Assault".
CC 8064
The Exploited
Live At The Whitehouse
LP
1986


Licensed from Suck Records.
CC 8065
Circle Jerks
Wonderful/
American Heavy Metal Weekend
12"
1986


Promo.
CC 8067
G.B.H.
Midnight Madness And Beyond
LP
1986
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
?? 8073
?
?
?
1986
 
CC 8077
Broken Bones
Bonecrusher
LP
1986
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
?? 8078-
8079
?
?
?
1986
 
MX 8080
Agent Steel
Mad Locus Rising
12" EP
1986
Blue vinyl.
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
?? 8084-
8087
?
?
?
1987
 
88561-
8090
Crumbsuckers
Life Of Dreams
LP
1986
MX 8091
Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion
LP/CD
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
MX 8092
Grave Digger
War Games
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
MX 8093
Helloween
Walls Of Jericho
LP/CD
1987
Licensed from Noise Records (1986).
MX 8095
Powermad
Combat Boot Camp
MLP
1987
 
MX 8096
Agent Steel
Unstoppable Force
LP/CD
1987
 
88561- 8097
Possessed
Beyond The Gates
LP
1987
 
88561-
8098
Tension
Breaking Point
LP
1987


Co-released by Torrid Records.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
?? 8099
?
?
?
1987
 
MX 8103
Voivod
Rrröööaaarrr
LP/CD
1986
 
MX 8104
Onslaught
The Force
LP
1986
Licensed from Under One Flag.
MX 8105
Kreator
Pleasure To Kill
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
CC 8106
English Dogs
Metalmorphosis
12" EP
1986
MX 8107
Celtic Frost
Tragic Serenades
12" EP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
MX 8108
Napalm
Combat Boot Camp
MLP
1986
 
MX 8111
V/A
Bullets - Volume One
LP
1986
featuring:
Megadeth, Abattoir, Helstar, Agent Steel, Dark Angel, Agnostic Front, Crumbsuckers, Impaler and Possessed.
88561-
8112
Abattoir
The Only Safe Place
LP
1987
 
88561-
8114
Dark Angel
Darkness Descends
LP/CD
1986
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8116
?
?
?
1986
 
MX 8117
Have Mercy
Combat Boot Camp
[a.k.a.]
Armageddon Descends
MLP
1986
88561-
8118
Nuclear Assault
Game Over
LP/Pic-LP
1986
 
88561-
8119
Nuclear Assault
Brain Death
12" EP
1986
 
88561-
8121
Broken Bones
Never Say Die
MLP
1986
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8122
?
?
?
1986
 
88561-
8124
Voivod
Thrashing Rage
Pic-MLP
1986
 
88561-
8125
Kreator
Flag Of Hate
12" EP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8126
The Exploited
Jesus Is Dead
12" EP
1986

A generic sleeve promo version with the title censored as "***** ** Dead" also exists.
88561-
8127
G.B.H.
Oh No It's G.B.H. Again!
12" EP
1986
88561-
8128
Helloween
Judas
12" EP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
MX 8129
White Pigs
Combat Boot Camp
MLP
1986
 
88561-
8129
Tankard
Zombie Attack
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8131
Deathrow
Riders Of Doom
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8132
Digger
Stronger Than Ever
LP
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
CC 8133
Ludichrist
Immaculate Deception
LP
1987



88561-
8134
English Dogs
Where Legend Began
LP
1986
88561-
8138
Hades
Resisting Success
LP
1987


Co-released by Torrid Records.
88561-
8144
Kreator
Pleasure To Kill/Flag Of Hate
CD
1986
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8146
Death
Scream Bloody Gore
LP/CD
1987
88561-
8147
Voivod
Killing Technology
LP/CD
1987
 
88561-
8148
Liege Lord
Burn To My Touch
LP
1987
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
88561-
8148-0
Liege Lord
Cast Out/Legend
12"
1987
Promo.

Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
88561-
8153
Corrosion Of Conformity
Technocracy
MLP
1986


Co-released by Death/Metal Blade Records.
88561-
8155
Nuclear Assault
The Plague
MLP
1987
 
88561-
8156
Coroner
R.I.P.
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8157
Tyrant
Too Late To Pray
LP
1987
Co-released by Metal Blade Records.
88561-
8159
Zoetrope
A Life Of Crime
LP
1987
 
88561-
8160
Circle Jerks
VI
LP/CD
1987
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.
88561-
8161
D.B.C.
Dead Brain Cells
LP
1987
 
88561-
8162
Heathen
Breaking The Silence
LP/CD
1987
 
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8163-
8164
?
?
?
1987
 
88561-
8166
Running Wild
Under Jolly Roger
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8168
Possessed
The Eyes Of Horror
MLP
1987
 
88561-
8169
Exodus
Pleasures Of The Flesh
LP/CD
1987
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8170
?
?
?
1987
 
88561-
8171
Sword
Metalized
LP/CD
1987
 
88561-
8172
Broken Bones
F.O.A.D.
MLP
1987
88561-
8173
Onslaught
Power From Hell
LP
1987
Licensed from C.O.R. Records (1985).
88561-
8175
Celtic Frost
Into The Pandemonium
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8179
Rage
Execution Guaranteed
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8181
The Accüsed
More Fun Than An Open Casket Funeral
LP/CD
1987
 
88561-
8182
Heathen
Set Me Free
12"
1987
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8183
?
?
?
1987
 
88561-
8184
G.B.H.
No Need To Panic
LP
1987
Not Metal. Punk/HC.
88561-
8185
The Exploited
Death Before Dishonor
LP
1987
Not Metal. Punk/HC.
88561-
8196
Exodus
Pleasures Of The Flesh
Pic-LP
1987
Ltd to 10 000 copies.
88561-
8197
The Accüsed
The Return Of Martha Splatterhead
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. HC.

Licensed from C.O.R./Earache Records(1986). Different cover art from the original.
88561-
8198
Deathrow
Raging Steel
LP
1988
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8200
Tankard
Chemical Invasion
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8201
Nuclear Assault
Game Over/The Plague
CD
1987
 
If anyone knows more about these releases, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8202-
8203
?
?
?
1987
 
88561-
8204
Agnostic Front
Liberty And Justice For..
MLP/CD
1987
Not Metal. HC.
88561-
8206
The Exploited
Horror Epics
LP
1988
Not Metal. Punk/HC.

Licensed from Dojo Records.
88561-
8207
The Exploited
Let's Start A War... Said Maggie Some Day
LP/CD
1987
Not Metal. Punk.

Colored (?) vinyl. Licensed from Pax Records.
88561-
8208
Crumbsuckers
B.O.M.B.
[a.k.a.]
Beast On My Back
LP/CD
19878
Not Metal. Crossover.
88561-
8212
Vendetta
Go And Live... Stay And Die
LP
1987
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8214
Kreator
Terrible Certainty
LP/CD
1988
Licensed from Noise Records.
88561-
8215
Tigertailz
Young And Crazy
LP/CD
1987
Licensed from Music For Nations.
88561-
8216
G.B.H.
The Clay Years - 1981 to 84
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. Punk.

Licensed from Clay Records.
88561-
8217
G.B.H.
City Baby Attacked By Rats
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. Punk.

Licensed from Clay Records.
88561-
8218
G.B.H.
Leather, Bristles, No Survivors and Sick Boys...
12" EP
1988
Not Metal. Punk.

Licensed from Clay Records.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8221
?
?
LP
198?
88561-
8226
Blind Illusion
The Sane Asylum
LP/CD
1988
 
88561-
8227
Savatage
Sirens/The Dungeons Are Calling
CD
1988
Co-released by Metal Blade.
88561-
8228
Virus
Force Recon
LP
1988
Licensed from Metalworks.
88561-
8229
Agony
The First Defiance
LP
1988
Licensed from Under One Flag.
88561-
8230
Acid Reign
Moshkinstein
LP
1988
Licensed from Under One Flag.
88561-
8232
G.B.H.
Wot A Bargin
MLP
1988
Not Metal. Punk/HC.

Licensed from Rough Justice.
88561-
8233
The Exploited
War Now
12" EP
1988
Not Metal. Punk/HC.

Licensed from Rough Justice.
88561-
8236
The Accüsed
Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told
LP/CD
1988
Not Metal. HC/Crossover.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8240
?
?
?
198?
 
88561-
8241
Possessed
Beyond The Gates/The Eyes Of Horror
CD
1988
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8242
?
?
?
198?
 
88561-
8243
Intrinsic
s/t
LP/CD
1988
Not a Combat release.
...but to my knowledge this was the only Metal record on Relativity (co-released by No Wimp Rec) that came out without the involvement of Combat, so it's worth mentioning. An earlier No Wimp-pressing also exists (different cover art).
88561-
8246
Ludichrist
Powertrip
LP
1988
88561-
8248
Death
Leprosy
LP/CD
1988
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
8256
?
?
?
198?
88561-
8257
Forbidden
Forbidden Evil
LP/CD
1988
88561-
8262
Raven
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
LP/CD
1988
88561-
8264
Dark Angel
Leave Scars
LP/CD
1989
88561-
2001
Exodus
Fabulous Disaster
LP/CD
1989
 
88561-
2002
V/A
Ultimate Revenge 2
LP/CD/ VHS
1989
featuring:
Forbidden, Faith Or Fear, Death, Dark Angel and Raven.
88561-
2003
D.B.C.
Universe
LP/CD
1989
CD includes the s/t debut album.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
2004
?
?
?
1989
 
88561-
2005
Faith Or Fear
Punishment Area
LP/CD
1989
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
2006
?
?
LP/CD
1989
 
88561-
2007
Forced Enty
Uncertain Future
LP/CD
1989
 
88561-
2008
Devastation
Signs Of Life
LP/CD
1989
 
88561-
2009
Forbidden
Raw Evil - Live At The Dynamo
MLP/CD
1989
 
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
2010
?
?
LP/CD
1989
 
88561-
2011
Death
Spiritual Healing
LP/CD
1990
 
88561-
2012
C.I.A.
In The Red
LP/CD
1990
 
0901
C.I.A.
Extinction/Turn To Stone
12"
1990
Promo
88561-
2013
Dark Angel
Live Scars
LP/CD
1990
 
88561-
2014
Forbidden
Twisted Into Form
LP/CD
1990
 
IC PROLP-0903
Forbidden
Step By Step/
One Foot In Hell
12"
1990
Promo
88561-
2015
Two Bit Thief
Another Sad Story In The Big City
LP/CD
1990
 
88561-
2016
Cyclone Temple
I Hate Therefore I Am
LP/CD
1990
 
88561-
2017
Carcass
Symphonies Of Sickness
CD
1990
Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
88561-
2018
Dark Angel
Time Does Not Heal
CD
1991
 
88561-
2019
Devastation
Idolatry
CD
1991
 
88561-
2020
Napalm Death
Harmony Corruption
LP/CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1990).
88561-
2021
Entombed
Left Hand Path
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1990).
88561-
2022
Morbid Angel
Altars Of Madness
LP/CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
88561-
2023
Godflesh
Streetcleaner
CD
1991
Not Metal. Industrial.

Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
0908
Godflesh
Pulp
12"
1991
Not Metal. Industrial.

Promo. Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
88561-
2024
Forced Entry
As Above So Below
CD
1991
 
88561-
2025
Carcass
Reek Of Putrefaction
MC only?
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1988).
88561-
2026
Exodus
A Lesson In Violence
CD
1991
Very rare compilation that got deleted in favour of the live album below.
88561-
2026
Exodus
Good Friendly Violent Fun
CD
1991
 
88561-
2027
V/A
Grindcrusher
LP/CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records.

featuring:
Morbid Angel, Repulsion, Carcass, Godflesh, Terrorizer, Hellbastard, Carnage, Naked City, Filthy Christians, OLD, Intense Degree, Sore Throat, Napalm Death, Entombed, Nocturnus, Bolt Thrower, Lawnmower Death, Cadaver, Sweet Tooth, Mighty Force, Spazztic Blurr, Heresy and Unseen Terror.
88561-
2028
Bolt Thrower
War Master
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records.
88561-
2029
Nocturnus
The Key
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records.
88561-
2030
Mighty Force
Dive
12"
1991
Not Metal. Techno.

Licensed from Earache Records (1990).
88561-
2031
Corrosion Of Conformity
Blind
CD
1991
Not Metal. Crossover/Alternative.
88561-
2032
Morbid Angel
Blessed Are The Sick
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records.
If anyone knows more about this release, please get in contact, either via the forum or by e-mail.
88561-
2033
?
?
?
1991
 
88561-
2034
Bolt Thrower
Realm Of Chaos
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
88561-
2035
Terrorizer
World Downfall
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records (1989).
88561-
2036
Death
Human
CD
1991
 
88561-
2037
Fudge Tunnel
Hate Songs In E Minor
CD
1991
Not Metal. Sludge/Industrial.

Licensed from Earache Records.
88561-
2038
Massacre
From Beyond
CD
1991
Licensed from Earache Records.






Compiled by DaN Edman. Additional info by John Maffett, Avenger and Bostjan Sovdat.  
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