Cassio Audi, Playing Fire As A Heavy Metal Drummer

Early on in his music career, Cassio Audi played drums as a member of the Rock group, Viper. Viper released two full albums, from 1985-1987, entitled, Soldiers of Sunrise and The Killera Sword. They also had a demo album in 1985, Project SP Metal. The genre in which Viper excelled was Metal and as a group, they were well regarded by the public. Their most popular single was a punk version of “I Fought the Law,” in 1995.

Cassio Audi’s playing style was influenced by the American heavy metal scene happening in the 80s. He was regarded as a straight-edge drummer, who played with passion. It’s rather surprising, because one rarely thinks about a Heavy Metal band actually originating from Brazil, as Viper did. Although, the group was inactive for a number of years; today they still play around São Paulo. Their official return to the music business was in 2001.

Viper cut their first demo single in the mid-80s, prior to releasing the full album, “Soldiers of Sunrise.” Most people don’t realize what a great commercial success the band was. They had a full discography, and the group continued making music at select venues. Even releasing another album in 1989, which was very popular among the Viper devotees. So much so that it went on to sell out, beating out other groups such as Van Halen and Nirvana in album sales that year.

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It seems that Viper has maintained a loyal base of international fans in places as far away as Japan. In fact in Japan, the group went on to release a few additional singles. One of which was, “Maniacs in Japan.” When the lead singer left the band to pursue his educational interests; Cassio and the other members developed a decidedly edgier sound with harder Metal chords and drum solos.

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