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JASON MCMASTER Explains How WATCHTOWER's Latest Reunion Came About

In a new interview with Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock, WATCHTOWER singer Jason McMaster spoke about how the reunion of the legendary Texas progressive metal band came about. McMaster is joined in WATCHTOWER's current lineup by bassist Doug Keyser, guitarist Ron Jarzombek and drummer Ric Colalu...
April 1, 2024


A worldwide contingent of music fans will convene at Houston's White Oak Music Hall on March 21-23, 2004 as Pegstar Concerts presents the Hell's Heroes festival. The three-day music fest will showcase a hand-picked selection of international heavy metal bands that includes both seminal, genre-pionee...
June 27, 2023

Watch: DAVID ELLEFSON Performs With MEGADETH Tribute Band RUST IN PEACE In San Antonio

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson teamed up with HELSTAR singer James Rivera's METAL ASYLUM for a night of jamming at a New Year's Eve party this past Saturday, December 31 at Fitzgeralds Bar & Live Music Venue in San Antonio, Texas. Ellefson also played a set of MEGADETH classics with the...
January 3, 2023

Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON To Team Up With HELSTAR Singer JAMES RIVERA For 'Night Of Jamming' In Houston

Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson will team up with HELSTAR singer James Rivera for a night of jamming on "rock and roll covers" at a pre-New Year's Eve party this Friday, December 30 at The Concert Pub North in Houston, Texas. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Ellefson...
December 26, 2022

CHARLIE BENANTE And ZAKK WYLDE Defend PANTERA 'Reunion', Say Plan Is To Make It Sound As Close To Original As Possible

Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante have opened up about their participation in the upcoming PANTERA tour. Two weeks ago, it was reported that Wylde and Benante, along with PANTERA's surviving members, singer Philip Anselmo and bassist Rex Brown, will tour as PANTERA, headlining a number of major festiva...
July 28, 2022

HELSTAR To Release 'Clad In Black' Album In February

Veteran U.S. metal outfit HELSTAR will release its new album, "Clad In Black", on February 26 via Massacre Records. HELSTAR already gave you a first glimpse at this new release with the "Black Wings Of Solitude" seven-inch single, which was made available in October 2020. The digipak version of "Cla...
January 7, 2021

HELSTAR Signs With MASSACRE RECORDS; New Album Due This Year

Texas power metallers HELSTAR have signed with Massacre Records. The band is working on new material and plans to release a new album later this year. HELSTAR's latest LP, "Vampiro", was released in August 2016 via EMP Label Group. The effort was said to be a continuation of HELSTAR's classic 1989 M...
April 8, 2020

MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Talks 'Basstory' Tour, EMP Record Label And Playing With Other Bands

Germany's Moshpit Passion recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how MEGADETH got permission to include songs from the various record companies it has done business with f...
March 17, 2019

PHILIP ANSELMO Delivers 'Brutal' Theme Song For TOM ARAYA As Part Of 'Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre' Soundtrack

PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo delivered a brutal theme song for SLAYER legend Tom Araya as part of the soundtrack for "Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre". A teaser for the track, which is out today on all digital platforms worldwide via Art Is War Records, is available below. The full soundtrack wi...
February 8, 2019

ICED EARTH Drummer's ETERNAL ODYSSEY To Release 'Awakening' Debut In March

ETERNAL ODYSSEY, the new project featuring brothers Kent (vocals, guitars, bass) and Brent Smedley (drums; ICED EARTH),has signed to EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. The band's debut album, "Awakening", will be released on March 15, 2019 via Combat Records,...
October 16, 2018

Chicago Thrashers WRATH Sign With COMBAT RECORDS; "Rage' Album Due In October

Chicago thrashers WRATH have signed with Combat Records for the release of their new abum, "Rage". Due on October 5, the disc was produced by Chris Djuricic and WRATH, and mixed and mastered by Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, SACRED REICH, HELSTAR),with cover art created by Ipoet Poetra/Five Mlligrams and WR...
August 9, 2018

HATCHET To Release 'Dying To Exist' Album In June; 'Desire For Oppression' Video Available

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HATCHET have released a video for "Desire For Oppression", the first single from their upcoming album, "Dying To Exist", The disc will be released on June 22 via Combat Records, the relaunched imprint now run and operated by EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of M...
March 30, 2018

'Thrash Out Cancer' Benefit For WARBEAST And RIGOR MORTIS Singer Set For Next Month

The "Thrash Out Cancer" benefit concert for WARBEAST and RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt will take place on Sunday, April 1 at at Acadia Bar & Grill (Acadia Live) in Houston, Texas. All proceeds from the event will go towards Corbitt's medical expenses. Those unable to attend who would still lik...
March 14, 2018

SOULFLY Guitarist MARC RIZZO To Release 'Rotation' Solo Album In March

SOULFLY and CAVALERA CONSPIRACY guitarist Marc Rizzo will release his new solo album, "Rotation", on March 30 via Combat Records/EMP Label Group/Amped in North America, and Combat/SPV in Europe. "Rotation" is the fourth solo release for Rizzo, following 2004's "Colossal Myopia", 2006's "The Ultimate...
December 28, 2017


EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has announced the relaunch of Combat Records, the seminal punk/thrash label that started MEGADETH's career. Most will remember Combat as one of the seminal thrash labels of the 1980s, their most prominent artist being, of cours...
November 28, 2017