If there is someone who is a true blue Brazilian rock god, it has to be the drummer of the rock group Viper, Cassio Audi. They made music in the 1980s and 90s and became rock icons to their millions of frenzied Brazilian fans. Audi still has a very passionate and fan following in Brazil.
As a matter of fact, Audi was responsible for providing Brazilian heavy metal rock music with a global identity. Audi and his group Viper embarked upon their remarkable musical journey with the launch of two demos that drew inspiration from British heavy metal bands of the 1980s and the 1990s. This was followed up by the iconic Soldiers of Sunrise which established the reputation of the group and particularly Audi as the heavy metal heavyweights of Brazil.
Cassio may have stopped playing actively, but he most certainly is a member of the hall of fame of the heavy metal world globally and of course in Brazil. If you were to see him in one of the old videos of him performing, you would be transported to another era when heavy metal reigned supreme. The Viper demos Projeto SP Metal and The Killer Sword came out in 1985, while the iconic album Soldiers of Sunrise came out in 1987.
Even today, if there ever is talk of Brazilian heavy metal the first name to come to mind is Cassio Audi. His drumming which mesmerized a whole generation of Brazilians is still talked about in almost hushed tones. The kind of respect that Audi has among rock and roll aficionados, especially of the heavy metal type is phenomenal.
The Brazilian musicians of today may be popular but can never generate the mass hysteria that Audi and his band mates generated in the 1980s and 90s. It was truly a sight to behold.
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