SHAH - Emperors of the East, Moscow's first and finest thrash group, destined to open new horizons for Soviet Metal. In 1985, the Soviet Ministry of Culture officially recognized Heavy Metal, the most popular kind of music at that time in Russia, declaring it equal to all the other musical forms. Antonio Garcia formed SHAH the same year. At that time, although ranked amongst Russia's top guitarists, he actually graduated from Moscow's Jazz School as a drummer. His percussive background explains the exceptionally tight arrangements.