For more than two decades the financial markets of Brazil have become accustomed to the name Cassio Audi being mentioned in associations with the best possible options in investing, real estate, and private equity transactions. However, for many heavy metal fans around the world, the same name is also linked to one of the most prolific and high profile of the new wave of South American heavy metal bands emerging in the early to mid 1980s; Cassio Audi first came to global prominence not as a financial expert, but as the drummer with the heavy metal band, Viper.
The end of the Brazilian dictatorship in the late 1970s saw a large number of new musical and cultural influences make their way into the country with the heavy metal music genre making a huge impact on the youth of the nation in the 1980s. Cassio Audi and a group of his friends in Sao Paulo were among those who began listening to the British heavy metal bands of the early 1980s, including the hugely influential Iron Maiden before deciding to form their own band, Viper.
In 1985, the first lineup of Viper was created and began both touring and recording their own music with the legendary lineup of brothers Pit and Yves Passarell, guitarists Felipe Machad, vocalist Andre Motas, and Cassio Audi on drums. The first sign of something special occurring with the band was the recording of a series of demo tapes that began to circulate as bootleg recordings under the name, “The Killera Sword”. One thing that struck critics and fans alike about the early incarnation of Viper was the musical skill the band of teenagers showed at a time when punk was a popular genre and allowed those with little musical skill to form bands.
In 1987, Viper finally made their way into a professional recording studio to create the “Soldiers of Sunrise” album recorded in a single week in Sao Paulo for the Rock Brigade label. Cassio Audi would leave the band prior to the recording of 1989s, “Theatre of Fate” album to focus on his financial education and career.