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In the early 1980’s a renowned heavy metal band was being created in Brazil. The band, known as Viper, featured legendary Brazilian drummer Cassio Audi. Cassio would be joining forces with current musicians Andre Matos, Felipe Machad, Pit Passarell and Yves Passarell to complete the band known as Viper, the Iron Maiden inspired heavy metal band.
During the 1980’s Heavy Metal bands were continually evolving in Britain. Viper was able to adapt the heavy metal music of Britain into the Brazilian music scene. The influence of Cassio Audi, in the early days of heavy metal music, has given him legendary status in the current metal music scene in Brazil.
“Soldiers of Sunrise”, Viper’s first album, elevated Cassio Audi to fame as a teenage heavy metal drummer. The album was released in English, which was highly unusual at the time for a Brazilian band. AllMusic gave Viper’s first album four stars, another major feat for a teenage heavy metal band from Brazil.
The early music career of Cassio Audi has continued to influence heavy metal rock music in Brazil today. The ability of Viper to create ainnovative sound based on Britain’s heavy metal music has allowed the current bands of today to embrace the music while refining it to today’s market.
Cassio Audi has achieved iconic status in the history of Brazilian heavy metal drummers. Devotion to perfecting a sound made popular in Britain, by a Brazilian heavy metal rock band, has allowed another generation of talented musicians to perform the music made popular in the 1980’s by this innovative drummer and band.