American-based Iraqi thrash metal band formed in 2001. It is often credited as being the first heavy metal group to emerge from Iraq. The original band consisted of 4 Iraqi members. The band formed and played concerts under the regime of Saddam Hussein. It became well known outside of the local Iraqi metal scene after Vice magazine did a profile of the band. It received even greater coverage when it was profiled in a feature-length documentary about the band and its troubles in Iraq called Heavy Metal in Baghdad. The band's first album was released on March 9, 2010.