The Brazilian heavy metal band Viper has recently been on a major revival after spending a number of years on a hiatus that was self imposed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. What few people may realize is the fact well known Brazilian financial advisor Cassio Audi was a founding member of the band and was the drummer on their first studio album, “Soldiers of Sunrise”; unlike many of his former band mates, Cassio Audi has always resisted the need to return to the fold of the band and has instead concentrated on developing his successful financial career.
Cassio Audi joined Viper when the band was purely a fun way to spend some time for a group of teenage friends in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo; as the band became more successful and became popular among local heavy metal fans the professionalism of the group grew until the band made the decision to make some demo recordings and try to obtain a record deal. The first demo recordings from Viper feature Cassio Audi on drums and have been released as “The Killera Sword”. These crude tape recordings led to the 19876 release of a professionally produced studio album, “Soldiers of Sunrise” that showcased the musical skills of the young members of the group.
As the burgeoning group were still of a young age when they released their first album and found success in Brazil and abroad the lineup seemed destined to change as the interests of those involved moved and evolved. Cassio Audi made the decision to leave the band in 1989 prior to the recording and release of the successful “Theatre of Fate” album; instead, Audi pursued his ambition of entering the financial markets and has since gone on to become one of Brazil’s leading investment specialists.
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