The Brazilian heavy metal band, Viper, have remained one of the most respected and important in the history of this musical genre in South America, which rose to prominence amid the move to freedom and democracy across the continent in the 1970s and 80. Viper are still a touring bank in South America, but the lineup has changed many times and it is often easy to forget the contributions made to a band of this magnitude by those who assisted in taking the first steps in the music industry; one of the most important early members of Viper is Cassio Audi, the original drummer for the band as they made their way to early success.
Cassio Audi joined Viper in 1985 and joined with his fellow original members to develop a heavy metal sound that is easy to see was influenced by the British heavy metal scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Audi and his fellow early Viper members have always spoken of their influences, including the British heavy metal band, Iron Maiden, who influenced both the sound and lyrics of Viper in their early days.
In the first days of the band, Cassio Audi played a key role in completing the early demo’s created by the band, which along with their live shows allowed them to attract the attention of record labels and led to the band completing their first album. The “Soldiers of Sunrise” album was the only professional release Cassio Audi played on before he returned to education and began a career as a financial expert in Brazil; in recent years, Cassio Audi has developed a successful financial career working for many of the top global investment companies and leading a growing client list to success in their investment options across a difficult time in the Brazilian economy.