Cassio Audi was the charismatic drummer of the Brazilian rock band Viper that was quite a rage in the 1980s and 90s. Of particular note were albums like Soldiers of Sunrise, To Live Again, Theater of Fate, Projeto SP Metal and the Killera Sword. Though the group was in existence for a little over 12 years (1985 to 1997), its influence extends well beyond the 1990s, into the present times.
Clearly inspired by Iron Maiden, especially in its first album Soldiers of Sunrise, the group was extremely successful in Brazil for quite some time after that. Though Audi left the band in the early nineties, it is the albums in which he was the drummer that defined what Viper was originally famous for- a neo-classical progressive metal group that had captured the imagination of Brazilian hard rock music lovers.
Indeed they don’t make iconic rock bands like Viper anymore, nor do they make artists like Audi anymore. When he played, it was with the passion and gay abandon that only a true blue rock ’n roll artist can muster. Like many rock stalwarts of the past Audi’s drumming was all heart and passion, and those who watched him play were often transfixed.
The very sound of the band changed with Audi’s leaving and for the purists among Viper fans, having Audi play the drums was what made Viper so special. Though so many years have passed since he moved on, the memory of the times lives on in the hearts and minds of his fans. Old video recordings of Audi playing at various gigs can sometimes be seen on YouTube, and judging from the nostalgic comments of fans, one can tell that Viper and its original drummer live on in the hearts of the fan with the same intensity that they did two decades ago.