Looking back at the history of Brazilian heavy metal one is presented with some of the most famous names in the genre from across the planet as the nation continues to hold onto its place as one of the spiritual homes of this form of music. One of the most beloved bands to have ever set foot on the stages of Brazil is Viper, a band formed in Sao Paulo in 1985 which has gone on to become one of the most iconic and successful of any in Brazilian music history.
As with most bands who have survived in the music industry for decades, Viper has undergone a number of lineup changes and seen new members come and go over the years but one name always stands out for his performance on the early albums of the band. Cassio Audi may now be best-known as one of the leading investment specialists in the history of Brazilian banking but his early career as a heavy metal pioneer in Brazil often goes unmentioned despite being worthy of a place in any hall of fame.
Upon forming the band in 1985, the Passarell brothers knew they needed skilled musicians who shared their love of “New Wave” heavy metal from the U.K. Cassio Audi was already a noted musician in Sao Paulo having performed as a drummer for a number of bands in the city after falling in love with heavy metal when it exploded in Brazil in the early 1980s.
As the drummer in the band, Cassio Audi was at the heart of the development of one of the most impressive and respected bands in the history of Brazilian heavy metal who are known for forming the shape of the genre for the future in the nation. Audi appeared on two albums with Viper including the bootleg recording, “The Killera Sword” and the studio debut, “Soldiers of Sunrise” which is still noted as a turning point in the development of Brazilian heavy metal as the nation began to find its own voice in the music industry.