The heavy metal band, Viper has been involved in an on and off touring schedule since the group was formed in 1985 by a group of teenage friends in Sao Paulo. Over the years the band has seen founding and former members return to the fold for entire tours and one-off concerts but not original drummer, Cassio Audi; the original drummer with Viper left the band before the release of their breakthrough second album, “Theatre of Fate” in 1989. Read more about Cassio Audi at The Metal Archives.
Viper was formed in 1985 in Sao Paulo with an original lineup consisting of drummer Cassio Audi, brothers Yves and Pit Passarell, guitarist Felipe Machad, and vocalist Andre Matos. Both Cassio Audi and Andre Matos would leave Viper in 1989 as they looked to extend their careers outside the music industry with a return to education. For Andre Matos, his time studying music would result in a 21st-century return to Viper and extended success with the band. Cassio Audi will always be remembered as a heavy metal drummer but is now better known to the majority in Brazil as a leading academic and investment specialist. Read this article at newmaqui.com.br.
As a drummer, Cassio Audi was instrumental in the arrival of the heavy metal genre in the Brazilian music landscape as he was performing with Viper at a time when the success of bands could pivot on the abilities of a drummer as much as on the skills of a vocalist. Four years after joining Viper, Cassio Audi set out to build a new career in finance and has found a success to outweigh that he found as a musician; in the world of Brazilian finance, Audi has been credited with bringing a range of international institutions into an economy now ranked as the fifth largest in the world.