The Unique And Vibrant Career Of Cassio Audi

Cassio Audi was the drummer for a Brazilian heavy metal band. The group came together in 1985 and was influenced by Iron Maiden and British heavy metal. They were accredited with the development of a unique and particular sound. Cassio was the drummer from 1985 until 1989.

Vipers first demo tape was recorded in 1985 and called The Killera Sword. Their first album was released in 1987 and titled Soldiers of Sunrise. Although the English contained in the lyrics was flawed and the production simple, the talent and skill of the members of the band was obvious. The band was also comprised entirely of teenagers.
Theatre of Fate was released in 1989 and was a combination of classical and metal. There was a song based on Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven as well as the song that would become their fans favorite, Living for the Night. The album brought Viper international fame and it outsold Van Halen and Nirvana in Japan. Shortly after the release Andre Matos left the band.

Instead of finding a replacement singer Pit Passarel filled the gap. He was the bassist for the band. This changed the style of Viper and was highly noticeable in their next album. When Evolution released in 1992 the sound was more direct with a heaver feel. The metal took on a thrasher quality yet still received good reviews and was considered a commercial success.

Coma Rage released in 1995 with a strong punk influence. The reviews were mixed but the album sold well. The band admitted later on they were not satisfied with the mixing in the album. Their darkest moment occurred in 1996 when Tem Pra Todo Mundo was released. The lyrics were in Portuguese and the sound was lighter with a pop influence. The Brazilian arm of Castle Communications was their record label and the company went bankrupt. The ensuing legal disputes prevented the album from being rereleased and Viper from making another album.