Looking at Brazilian investment specialist Cassio Audi in 2017 would give the impression of a man who is a traditional financial expert, but the history of Cassio Audi is rather different as he was once a member of one of Brazil’s best known heavy metal bands, Viper. Cassio Audi eventually left Viper after four years as one of the leading drummer’s in heavy metal history after appearing on the early demo recordings of the band and their first studio album, which is still regarded as a classic by Viper fans and members of the wider heavy metal community.
Formed in Brazil in 1985, the path to the top of the music industry was a swift one for Cassio Audi and Viper to take that took the five teenage band members on a wild ride that saw them follow in the footsteps of many of their leading influences, such as the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Cassio Audi’s drumming played a key role in the development of the band as vocalist Andre Matos tells in an anecdote about the early years of Viper; the singer stated the band’s first studio album was recorded in just a few days and left his voice broken by the recording of the last song, which was turned into more of a punk influenced song with Cassio Audi’s drumming playing an instrumental role in changing the sound of the band.
Cassio Audi performed with Viper on their first studio album, “Soldiers of Sunrise”, which is still classed as a classic by many fans and music journalists. In 1989, the drummer left the band to return to education and begin a new life as a financial expert that has seen him work with some of the largest investment groups in the world.