The early and mid-1980s were a period of time when heavy metal and hard rock ruled the airwaves of radio stations across the planet with drummers just as famous as any other member of a particular band. In Brazil, one of the first heavy metal drummers to receive widespread attention was Cassio Audi of the band Viper; Cassio Audi was still a teenager when he achieved fame as a heavy metal drummer still mentioned as one of the most iconic in the history of Brazilian heavy metal. Watch this video on Youtube.
In 2017, Cassio Audi is far better known as a financial and investment specialist who is seeking to discover ways of opening up the financial markets of Brazil to everyday people who usually find it difficult to break into high-profit investment funds. Despite the fact he has now entered one of the most impressive and traditionally conservative areas of business, Cassio Audi retains a link to his former life as one of the most respected drummers in the history of heavy metal. Many reunions have taken place for Viper over the course of a history beginning in 1985 with vocalist Andre Matos taking a 20-year break from the band. Read more reviews at Applesauce Blog about Cassio Audi.
The potted history of Cassio Audi and Viper begins in the city of Sao Paulo where the young drummer was already performing with a number of bands before being asked to play for the newly formed band, Viper. Audi brought an impressive array of skills to the band including the ability to adapt his heavy metal drumming style to the demands of his bandmates and the song being performed. It is safe to say, Viper would not have gone on to have the almost instant success they enjoyed through the release of 1987’s “Theatre of Fate” album if Cassio Audi had not been the drummer for the band between 1985 and 1989.