Origin: Russia
Genres: Thrash Metal


Shah was one of the better Russian bands of the 80's, a time where not a lot of Russian bands got much publicity. Unlike many of their compatriots, Shah opted to sing entirely in English, a clear move toward Western acceptance. They formed in 1985 and put out a rare debut in 1987, but the departure of Mikhail Zhemchuzhny for a career in the prestigious Gypsy Theatre put the band on hold. Eventually a new lineup stabilized and they signed to the Atom H label for 1989's Beware, arguably their best-known album. Zhemchuzhny's replacement, Anatoly Krupnov (leader of another Russian band, Black Obelisk), also departed, and again the band essentially folded. Leader Antonio Garcia resurrected their earlier recordings and, with some new songs added, got them released as Terror Collection in 1991. By 1993 a new lineup was back in action and P.S.I.H.O. was released, but they folded for good shortly thereafter, with Garcia forming a short-lived solo project called Descent a few years later. The style of Shah was squarely in the thrash arena, decidedly European (perhaps German) in sound, choppy, frenetic, quite well-played, particularly the two official studio releases (Terror Collection, featuring the early material, is quite a bit less developed). Though their style is slightly dated compared with the metal of today, Shah was a fine thrash band in its day, and Beware and P.S.I.H.O. are worth tracking down.

Current Members

Antonio Garcia

guitars/vocals (ex-Descent)

Dmitry Saar


Alexei Ovchinnikov


Andrei Sazonov


Former Members/Guests

Anatoly Krupnov

bass/backing vocals (ex-Black Obelisk) RIP: March 27, 1997, heart attack

Mikhail Zhemchuzhny



Escape From Mind 
  1. Escape
  2. No Return
  3. Outside
  4. Under Grief
  5. From Out Of Insane
  6. Las In The Night
  7. Reason X
  8. Escape From Mind
  • Antonio Garcia
  • Mikhail Zhemchuzhny
  • Andrei Sazonov

1989 Atom H
  1. Total Devastation
  2. Beware
  3. Coward
  4. Bloodbrothers
  5. Save The Human Race
  6. Age Of Dismay
  7. Threshold Of Pain
  8. Say 'Hi' To Anthrax
  • Antonio Garcia
  • Anatoly Krupnov
  • Andrei Sazonov

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Terror Collection 
1991 SNC
  1. Killing Machine '86
  2. Overload '91
  3. Damned Sinner '86
  4. Age Of Darkness '91
  5. Trashing Metal Race '85
  6. Terror Collection '91
  7. Masdon Must Die '85
  8. Mad Future '87
  9. Ashes To Ashes '85
  10. Metal Fight '85
  • Antonio Garcia
  • Mikhail Zhemchuzhny
  • Andrei Sazonov

1994 Moroz
  1. P.S.I.H.O.
  2. Rhythm Of Instincts
  3. Open
  4. Turn Of The Changes
  5. Final Vocal
  6. Terminal Point
  7. Trespass
  8. Through Inside
  • Antonio Garcia
  • Dmitry Saar
  • Alexei Ovchinnikov
  • Andrei Sazonov


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