Cassio Audi is the drummer of Brazilian Heavy Metal Band Viper. When the band formed in 1985, it is doubtful that any of the members could have foreseen the success they would go on to enjoy. At the time, they were just friends doing what they loved.
Heavy metal was relatively new to the Brazilian culture but the group quickly drew in crowds at their performances. Audi’s enjoyment and skill were easily seen by the audience and his ability to improvise and match the bands energy helped form a solid rhythmic base for the rest of the group.
Viper’s 1987 debut album, “Soldiers of Sunrise” became a major force in the Brazilian music industry. Cassio Audi was the drummer on this album and continued with the band until 1989, at which point he returned to college to focus on his education. After graduation, he went on the have a highly successful career in the financial industry. His prowess for percussion can also be heard on Viper singles “Projecto SP Metal” and “The Killero Sword”, both released in 1985.
Audi has credited British band Iron Maiden among his chief influences, along with other UK metal from the 1970’s and early 1980’s. His performance style was expressive yet understated at times to allow for other members of Viper to shine. The group found cohesion in spotlighting different band members alternating throughout their performances.
Viper continued throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s as the heavy metal scene in Latin America continued to grow without Audi behind the drums. However in recent years select crowds have delighted to see a familiar face artfully waving drumsticks to establish the beat.
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