Heavy metal has been one of the most successful genres of music in Brazil since the early 1980s when the new wave of British bands arrived in the South American nation and became an influence on a generation of young people who had lived under the oppressive rule of the previous Brazilian regime. Cassio Audi was one of the new generation of Brazilian heavy metal musicians who would start their careers in heavy metal replicating the sounds and lyrics of their British heroes.
The band, Viper was established in 1985 when a group of fans of British heavy metal groups came together to form the band and begin a journey still moving forward today for some of the members. Cassio Audi was the drummer for the first incarnation of Viper who began life with a few home made recordings released on cassette tape to publicize the early work of the band; released as “The Killera Sword”, these initial two recordings led to the band gaining a loyal live following and a record deal with the Rock Brigade label. Click here to know more.
In 1987, Viper entered the studio to record their first album, a debut becoming known in the music industry as a fine example of the musical skill of the teenagers from Sao Paulo. Cassio Audi was praised for his work on the “Soldiers of Sunrise” album which showcased the various different genres the drummer could work in across the single album. Singer Andre Matos revealed Audi was instrumental in forming the sound of the final track recorded by the group over the course of a single week. The song “H.R.” was transformed from a heavy metal song to the punk genre with the aid of the delicate drumming touch of the highly skilled, Cassio Audi.