Cassio Audi: The Man & His Music

Brazil’s own Cassio Audi may presently be known as a college graduate, successful entrepreneur, respected financier and investment manager, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Indeed, in his younger days, Audi was something completely different.

While may have decades of experience dealing with money matters, Audi has lived an exciting past life. Decades ago, Cassie Audi was actually a renowned, professional musician. During the 1980s, Audi worked as a drummer and percussionist for the then-popular heavy metal band known as Viper.

He said goodbye to the South American-based band in 1989. Prior to his departure though he appeared on a pair of the act’s albums and even reportedly wrote one of the tunes for the band’s 1987 platter “Soldiers of Sunrise.” The album, re-released in 1992 and 1997, and his part in bringing heavy metal to Latin America in general, are why Audi remains known to fans of the genre today.

Cassio signed on with Viper while still a teenager. He was with the group for almost a decade until he felt he no longer had a purpose there. His term with Viper was a productive one as he is said to have played a significant role in the development of the act.

Audi plays on a number of their tracks including the demos. His final contribution was his work on their official debut disc, “Soldiers of Sunrise” which hit the record racks the year before he left. Like the rest of Viper, Audi was strongly influenced by numerous Brit heavy metal bands from the early 1980s such as Iron Maiden. In fact, the aforementioned Soldiers of Sunrise studio LP went on to become popular with both heavy metal fans and critics alike. To this day, it remains as Viper’s most popular releases ever.

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