January 17th
The Music Network TV Channel

All of the EMP Label Group videos will be featured in rotation on here soon! Coming in 2019... “The Music Network” Stay tuned...

January 15th
PBX - Playback Independent Music Expo

HUGE thanks to our friends at the Grammy Musical and Recording Academy / GRAMMYs for their amazing support of PBX - Playback Independent Music Expo and the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation!! It's a huge honor to have them involved in so many of the great things we are doing, and to be able to advocate for all of the amazing things they do.

January 14th
Rough Trade NYC

It's not on EMP Label Group (except in Japan), but we love it like one of our own!! Here's the first look at the amazing Altitudes & Attitude GET IT OUT vinyl, designed by Melody Myers of Designed By Melody, courtesy of the good folks at Rough Trade NYC!!! Click the link for more information about the special A+A release event/signing this Friday!!!!

January 13th
Download the F...

Download the FREE PBX - Playback Independent Music Expo digital sampler, featuring EMP Label Group and Combat Records artists including Hatchet (Official), CO-OP, Ron Keel and Frank Hannon Music, Mark Zavon, Sunflower Dead, White Dream, Malison, Dopesick, Archer Nation, WRATH, Bumblefoot, Mark Slaughter, Dead Girls Corp., Doll Skin, and more, plus a slate of amazing independent artists including Viken, Konipshun Phit, Mourning Grey, The Loyal Order, Residual Self, Tom McNamara's TMAC, and more!!

(Download VIA Dropbox: When you get to the download page, check the box on the left, directly above the list of tracks and a DOWNLOAD button will appear, click to download a zip file of all tracks. Or click the 3 dots on each track to download individually.)


January 12th
David Ellefson

We've been developing this for over a year, and so excited it is finally launching at NAMM!!! Check out the David Ellefson Signature BETA BASS DSP from ISP Technologies!!!

January 12th
Photos from EMP Label Group's post

So excited to finally see the killer Japanese version of GET IT OUT, the new album from Altitudes & Attitude, David Ellefson and Frank Bello, coming out in Japan on EMP Label Group Universal Music Japan!!! Layout by Melody Myers Designed By Melody and Thöm Häzäert!!

January 11th
Meet Mark Zavo...

Meet Mark Zavon and Jeff Duncan of Odin Friday at NAMM!!

January 11th
RON KEEL BAND - "ROAD READY" Official Lyric Video

Check out the World Premiere of "Road Ready" the new lyric video from Ron Keel Band!! From the album FIGHT LIKE A BAND in stores 3/1! Pre-order now at http://bit.ly/RKBpreorder

The first 50 pre-orders will come with a free guitar pick, and an exclusive signed postcard!! Get yours now!

January 11th

TOMORROW!!! Sat. 1/12.19 - OPUS' BLIZZARD B-DAY BASH 2019! Feat. Combat Records artists Dead By Wednesday, Marc Rizzo (of Soulfly), & many more amazing artists happening at Toad's Place - Toads Place in New Haven, CT. ALL AGES! Starts at 4:20pm.


January 10th
Ron Keel

Huge announcements today over in Ron Keel country! New Ron Keel Band album FIGHT LIKE A BAND in stores 3/1 from EMP Label Group! Pre-order now at: http://bit.ly/RKBpreorder

KEELFEST - Featuring Keel, Steeler and Ron Keel Band, May 10th at Alrosa Villa in Columbus!!

January 8th
Sunflower Dead

Sunflower Dead killing it at radio!! #EMP #2019

January 7th
So excited to ...

So excited to welcome the legendary Last Crack to the EMP Label Group family! New album The Up Rising, in stores May 2019!!! My friend Monte Conner signed these guys to Roadrunner Records in the late 80's, for 2 amazing, groundbreaking records, and now I have the honor of signing them to EMP!!





Madison, WI

Reformed 90’s Madison, WI alternative Hard Rockers Last Crack have signed to EMP Label Group who will release the band’s long-awaited third full-length LP The Up Rising, in stores May 31. Recorded from 2017-19 at Megatone Studios in Madison, WI, the release will be the bands first studio release since 1991’s critically-acclaimed BURNING TIME, the follow up to their breakthrough 1989 Roadrunner debut Sinister Funkhouse #17.

Formed in 1987, Last Crack recorded their first 5-song demo and were quickly brought to the attention of legendary Roadrunner A&R man Monte Conner, who quickly signed the band, and sent them off to Prince’s Paisley Park to begin work on Funkhouse 17.

The album, aptly named after their practice/storage unit they rented outside of their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Dedicating hours of playing in a hot, sweaty garage with vocalist Buddo scribbling lyrics on the walls, the original lineup of Buddo, Don Bakken and Paul Schluter on guitars, Todd Winger on bass, and Phil Buerstatte on drums, Last Crack was more than ready to unleash their heavy/quirky sound and visions to the world

With the release of Funkhouse, Last Crack got the attention of the major metal magazines, and quickly developed a loyal fan base.

Their sophomore effort released in 1991, Burning Time, was recorded at Eldorado Studios in Hollywood, with now legendary Dave Jerden, famed for recording legendary records with Jane’s Addiction and Alice In Chains. Burning Time, was met with critical acclaim and the band embarked on a tour of the US and Europe.

Says former Roadrunner A&R Monte Conner, "Last Crack's "Burning Time" is one of the all-time most underrated albums in the history of Roadrunner Records. It predated the grunge explosion by less than year. Last Crack were not a grunge band, but their sound, their image and the realness of their music would have been way more understood and embraced by that audience and the acceptance that came with that massive climate change."

EMP’s Thom Hazaert adds, “Growing up in Wisconsin, Last Crack coming out of Madison was such a huge deal. I remember Burning Time coming out, and it was like dynamite. They were really doing something that no one else was doing at the time. All the “cool” kids loved them. They were always a band that was so ahead of their time, and it’s a huge honor to release the follow up to Burning Time, all these years later. Hopefully the World finally caught up.”

Fueled by conflicts and industry pressures the band broke up just months after the Burning Time tour had begun, leaving all wondering what happened? Phil Buerstatte would go on to play drums for White Zombie. Buddo, Paul, Don and Todd all continued performing in several popular regional bands in Wisconsin.

In 2002, the band reunited with the original members, except for drummer Phil Buerstatte, who was replaced by Chris Havey. After releasing a live album with songs from both studio albums, Last Crack toured Iceland and the Netherlands, enjoying firsthand that they still had fans around the world. All five original band members were brought back together in November of 2009, for one date in Wisconsin. This would be the last time, as drummer Phil Buerstatte passed away in 2013.