The Once Rocker Cassio Audi

Cassio Audi was born in Brazil on December 9th, 1970. Growing up in Sao Paulo, he began playing the drums at an early age. Cassio’s earliest musical influences included Iron Maiden and other heavy metal bands that saw a prominent uprising in the early eighties. This love of music led Cassio to join the alternative thrash rock band Viper as the drummer in 1985. Viper’s original line up included Pedro and Yves Passarell on guitar and base, Andre Matos as lead vocals and keyboard, Felipe Machado on guitar, and Cassio Audi as the drummer. By 1987 Viper released its debut album Soldiers of Sunrise, with the most notable tracks being the title song Soldiers of Sunrise, Signs of the Night, and Nightmares. In 1989 Viper released its second album Theatre of Fate, a fervent mixture of metal and classical music. Theatre of Fate quickly saw widespread success. In the early nineties, Viper had acquired international fame, outselling popular bands such as Nirvana and Van Halen in Japan. It was on this album, Theatre of Fate, that Viper released the song Living for the Night, one of the bands most well known and loved songs. In 1989 Cassio was the first member to leave the then popular band Viper, followed shortly by another founder and lead vocalist Andre Matos, who would return again in the mid-2000s. Cassio’s stated reason for leaving Viper was to pursue other career interests, and in 1990 enrolled at Sao Paulo University to pursue and eventually graduate with a degree in business. Cassio never returned to his original band Viper and has not been associated with another band since. while nowadays most see Cassio Audi as a prominent businessman, some of us will always remember the angsty long haired teen drummer from the beloved thrash band Viper.

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