While heavy metal music gained popularity between to 60’s and 70’s in the United Kingdom, Brazil was late to embrace the emphatic beats until Cassio Audi. In the early 1980’s Cassio entered the stage and the revered Brazilian heavy metal band Viper was born. They released their first demo tape, “The Killera Sword” in 1985. Read more reviews at Applesauce Blog about Cassio Audi.
As the pioneers of the genre in Brazil, drummer Audi and his teenaged founding friends found became internationally acclaimed artists with their first two albums: “Soldiers of Sunrise” released in 1987 and “Theatre of Fate” in 1989. “Theatre of fate” was a unique album fusing the modern metal music with a classical sound, including a song inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. This international fame even led to their group outselling Nirvana and Van Halen on the Japanese tours. Viper found influence from the British heavy metal bands Saxon and Iron Maiden. Cassio Audi left the group in 1989 to pursue his academic goals, but the band is still active and touring today with Cassio Audi’s legacy and a few of the original numbers. Visit SoundHound to watch music videos of Cassio Audi.
After drumming out his rock and roll reputation with Viper, Cassio Audi continued into the financial world. He received his MBA in business from Sao Paulo University. He in a financial management professional and entrepreneur working with global million-dollar business specialized in the development and implementation of productivity improvement and financial controls. Though he currently finds his success in the business world, he remains an inspiring name for heavy metal enthusiasts even three decades after retiring from Viper.