Formed in Moscow, Russia, in 1985, Shah comprise Antonio Garcia (vocals, guitar), Anatoly Krupnov (bass) and Andrei Sazanov (drums). The group were pioneers of thrash metal in the USSR and attracted the attention of Velerie Gaina, guitarist with fellow Soviet band, Kruiz. Gaina helped Shah record their first demo, which he then took to the West and German independent label Atom H Records. Suitably impressed, the label signed the band, resulting in a debut collection, Beware, which betrayed the obvious influence of Anthrax. Bearing in mind the cultural and political hurdles the band had to overcome, it was a considerable achievement. In 1990 Shah played at the Public Against Violence Festival in Ostava, Czechoslovakia, along with German melodic rockers Bonfire and UK thrash metal band Talion, and were a huge success. They continue to perform regularly and extensively in their own country.