As a young teen growing up in Brazil, Cassio Audi and his friends used to love listening to the heavy metal sounds of bands like Iron Maiden. The group of teens were also aspiring musicians who used to get together and jam out whenever and wherever they could. In 1985, as freshman in high school, the group decided to form a band which they called Viper. With Cassio Audi at the drums the band would soon embark on an adventure they would never forget.

Cassio Audi

The band was formed in a rather impromptu way but soon the group decided that they were pretty good. They began playing small gigs and soon recorded a demo called The Killera Sword. The demo was a hit on local radio stations and the band’s popularity began to rise. Viper began to tour Brazil and by 1987 they had recorded and released their first studio album, Soldiers of Sunrise. The album was a huge hit and the band toured South America and Europe prior to releasing their second album, Theatre of Fate, in 1989.

Cassio Audi Group

That same year, Audi left the band to attend university at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. The band has continued to record and tour to this day with various members. The original group was unique in that their lyrics were done in English and you could not tell that it was their second language. That original group with Cassio Audio behind the drums is remembered fondly by heavy metal fans of the 1980s. For a few short years a group of Brazilian teens rocked the heavy metal scene, something that few can add to their resume.

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