Knowing Cassio Audi today you would not picture him in a tank top, long curly hair and eye makeup. As a teenager, he was a member of the popular Brazillian metal band, Viper. The band started in a small neighborhood in the Santa Cecilia district of Sao Paulo, Brazil. By then no band members owned any instrument. They were childhood friends who had tried their hands at other jobs including bicycle repair unsuccessfully.
The band had many other names before it became Viper including Dragon and Rock Migration. At the end of the year 1984, Viper made their first public appearance with Cassio Audi on drums, Pit Passarell, Yves Passarell, Felipe Machado and Andre Matos. They played Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and won third place. It was clear that Cassio Audi was very talented on the drums.
Cassio Audi’s drumming was considered the best part of their compositions because they gave the songs and performances such a powerful bass. He and Andre Matos brought the band together. When it came to the composition of songs Cassio Audi was unrelenting in bringing his ideas for songs to fruition. In 1987 they released their first album, Soldiers of Sunrise, which was a phenomenal success. Although it was clear to listeners that English was not their first language the band’s talent was obvious.
Viper’s album sold better than Nirvarna and Van Halen earning them a contract with Eldorado Music. Some fans especially praised the skills of Cassio Audi, the drummer, who was considered very talented. He was involved in the composition process giving ideas on the lyrics and the beats. The album included tracks like Soldiers of Sunrise and Knights of Destruction.
Unfortunately, although Cassio Audi would have been a force to reckon with in the music industry, he left the band after about three years in 1989. From then to 1994 he attended the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo. Beginning his journey to the Cassio Audi, we know today.
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