Cassio Audi: Musician Par Excellence of Yore

Cassio Audi is one of Brazil’s leading heavy metal drummers. That automatically makes him an integral part of the great Brazilian heavy metal scene. He was the force behind the Brazilian iconic heavy metal band Viper. It was his sounds that catapulted Viper to its tremendous fame.

The first ever album by the group, Soldiers of Sunrise forever immortalized the name of Audi in the Brazilian rock hall of fame. Though he was primarily active between 1985 to 1989, the impact that he left behind was such that he lives on in the hearts of the Brazilian heavy metal fans of that generation and beyond.

That is the thing about art and artists. Both are immortal. An artist may have played or performed only for a very short period, but the sheer heft and grandeur of their music makes them forever a part of the lives of the people they impact. That is certainly true of Audi of all Brazilian musicians.

Before the release of Soldiers of Sunrise, the group had produced two demo albums Projeto SP Metal, and the Killera Sword, both in 1985. The group Viper and particularly Cassio Audi are Brazil’s very own rock celebrities who in their time and to quite an extent till this day epitomize what heavy metal is all about-aggression, attitude and fantastically stirring drumming.

It is all about forcefully conveying your raw thoughts. There is no typically Latino lilt here. It’s all macho and all aggression. Their fans loved them and idolized them, especially when Audi got playing the drums. Even today if you watch any of the old videos of the group, you understand what magic they must have wrought. Music, of course, has no language and you don’t have to know Portuguese to feel the pure passion in the music. Viva Viper! Viva Cassio Audi!

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