In 2018, it is a common sight to see the financial expert, Cassio Audi on Brazilian TV screens giving advice about making the right investment choices for the future of members of the general public. However, in the mid-1980s, Cassio Audi was better known for his achievements as a drummer and musician in the huge genre of heavy metal which had exploded across Brazil in the decade and remains popular; as the original drummer with the band, Viper, Audi has become a well-known member of the heavy metal community with a band which still tours in the 21st-century.

Cassio Audi joined Viper when the band was formed in 19895 by brothers, Yves and Pit Passarell who asked the teenage drummer to join their band largely because of a shared love of the “new wave” of heavy metal bands arriving in Brazil from the U.K. Bands such as Samson and Iron Maiden was an influence on the members of Viper and continued to be so throughout the early years of the band when Cassio Audi was making a name for himself as a drummer.

In 1987, the release of the debut album from Viper, “Soldiers of Sunrise” remains one of the best-known in Brazilian heavy metal and was released in a pre-Internet era when the lives of members of new bands were largely unknown to fans and critics alike; before knowing he was still a teenager, Cassio Audi was praised by critics with his fellow members of Viper for their musical abilities many believed would only be possible from much more experienced members of the heavy metal community.

By 1989, Cassio Audi was beginning to feel as though his future lay outside the heavy metal arena as the drummer began to feel he should explore his own future in an academic setting. Although Viper was about to make their mainstream breakthrough with the release of the album, “Theatre of Fate”, Audi would leave the band and return to Sao Paulo University to study for a career he wished to take up in the financial markets. His facebook page

 

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