Koch Records and Entertainment Services Unlimited are joining forces to re-launch Combat Records, the heavy metal label that was a first home for bands like Megadeth, Venom, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, P

Koch Records and Entertainment Services Unlimited are joining forces to re-launch Combat Records, the heavy metal label that was a first home for bands like Megadeth, Venom, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, Possessed and Dark Angel.

An as-yet-untitled full-length by metal/hardcore act At All Cost will be the first of three Combat releases in September. Planned for the same month is a debut effort by Southern California act Horse.

Larry Mazer, a partner of Entertainment Services Unlimited, says that the company "intends to scour the planet to seek out the best new bands to develop long term careers."

Mazer, along with artist managers Tim Smith and John Daley, are the principles of Combat Records. Combined, the three are involved in the careers of Lamb of God, Atreyu, Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, From First To Last and A Life Once Lost, among others. Combat Records is a joint venture between Unlimited and Koch, but the principles didn't disclose the equity split.

Combat Records originally began in the 1980's by Important Records/Relativity, which was sold to Sony Music in the 1990's. When the label was shut down, the Combat Records name was once again public domain, according to senior Koch executive Cliff Cultreri, who was an integral part of Combat at the time.

A Chicago-based drum and bass label later revived the name, and owner Adam Smith reached an agreement with Koch for the use of the moniker, says Cultreri.