A Sao Paulo native, Cassio Audi was 18 when he first joined his buddies in founding the Brazilian rock band, Viper in 1985. Viper was destined to help pave the way for heavy metal music in Latin America. Its gritty sound resembled the band Iron Maiden; so much so that Viper became widely known at the Brazilian Iron Maiden. Their music was a marriage of the traditional heavy metal music and classical music. This sound landed them an invitation to open for the English band, Mötorhead.
Cassio Audi continued to hone his musical talent and became well-known around the world as a gifted drummer. Cassio shared that notoriety with only three other drummers in the region at the time the band was at its peak. This accomplishment was impressive in a country where heavy metal music was defined by the talent of the drummer. Cassio’s creativity on the drums can be heard on their first album, The Soldiers of Sunrise, released in May 1987. Although the album was produced quickly, it became a success thanks mainly to Cassio’s contribution to the album as a drummer. The album maintained success throughout the 90s. Cassio’s contributions to Viper also extended to writing. Cassio was a talented lyric writer and also knew how to market Viper’s music.
Despite the band’s popularity and Cassio’s obvious gifted talents as a drummer, Cassio called it quits after four years in 1989, choosing a different career path. Viper is still an active band, having kept their music going for over 30 years. Although Cassio no longer plays with the band, he still enjoys playing his music. To know more about him click here.