Cassio Audi: A Teen Idol

Metal music was all the rage back in the 1980s, and not just in the United States and Britain. South America was the birthplace of one of the most interesting metal bands of the 80s: Viper. Viper started back in 1985 when five teenage boys from San Paulo, Brazil formed a band in their garage. One of the founding members was lead drummer, Cassio Audio. His beats and enthusiasm quickly spread to the rest of the band members and sub sequentially, the thousands of fans.

Brazil was the most unlikely place for a heavy metal band to form, much less become popular, but that is exactly what happened. In 1985, Cassio Audi and Viper released their first album, a demo titled The Killera Sword. The teenagers quickly began being booked all around their hometown of San Paulo, with Cassio spending all his time outside of school trying to book gigs. Soon, Viper was paying all over Brazil and South America.

The success of Cassio Audi and Viper was unexpected because of the age of the band members but even more so because they sung their lyrics in English. This was unprecedented but it was even more impressive that nobody could tell that they boys were not singing in their native language.

In 1987 Viper released their first and only studio album, Soldiers of Sunrise, and the band started becoming popular all over the world. Their ability to play metal, heavy meta, thrash, and even alternative rock gave them wide appeal. The band went on a tour of South America and later toured Europe. The band broke up in 1989 and has yet to reunite, although there have been rumors of talk of third album. For Cassio Audi, his time as a teenager playing music and living his dreams is something that he will always cherish.