Metal music got its official start in the 1960s with the era’s musicians adding a bit more boldness and aggression to the classic rhythms of blues rock and acidic rock. While metal as we now know it began in the United States and the UK, the style of music was also embraced by Brazilians. In fact, metal music became the main identity of some of the country’s most renowned bands.
Metal Music Needs a Drummer
Few things embody Brazilian heavy metal more than the drummers. In retrospect, it’s clear that during the early years of metal, the drummers were responsible for creating an innovative sound, one featuring loud, substantial and resounding beats. The first metal Brazilian drummers brought an unruly, disruptive and unpredictable subgenre of hard rock into the world music scene. Cassio Audi, Jean Dolabella and Ivan Busic were three of these legendary drummers.
Cassio Audi Makes Music History
As one of the founding members of Viper, Brazil’s renowned heavy metal band, Cassio Audi is a hero to many in the music industry. Cassio is a metal drummer who partnered with Andre Matos, Felipe Machad, Pit Passarell and Yves Passarell to create the tunes that thrust Viper into the public eye. The group formed Viper in 1985, and Cassio played with them until 1989. The band was especially inspired by the English band Iron Maiden. Viper’s first two demos combined the UK heavy metal from the ‘70s and ‘80s, making a new level of heavy metal music.
Following this successful innovation, the band made its first album, which was titled “Soldiers of Sunrise.” Viper released the album in 1987. It was successful, and because it was, Cassio became a famous teenage drummer. A few of the songs on the album were actually from the band’s demo album. This first attempt was called “Killer Sword,” and the hit singles included the songs “Killera,” “Nightmare” and “Princess from Hell.” The band also released its songs in English, which is unusual for Brazilian bands. AllMusic reviewed Viper’s first album, and it gave it four stars, showing just how well Viper did with its first album.
Cassio’s role as a progressive heavy metal drummer cemented his status as someone who is irreplaceable in the Brazilian metal music scene.
Jean Dolabella Guided His Band to Success
Like all music genres, heavy metal music in Brazil has evolved and changed, resulting in the creation and success of many different rock bands. Torture Squad, Holocausto, Hibria, Chakal and Rebaelliun are just a few rock bands that had a hand in developing Brazilian heavy metal music. However, Dolabella’s band, Sepultura, stands out from the rest in Brazil today. Sepultra’s success in the music industry is brief and glorious, and in a number of ways, it was influenced by its famous drummer, Jean Dolabella.
Dolabella joined Sepultura in 2006. Sepultura was already formed at the time, and Dolabella became popular following a successful run performing in rock festivals. Igor Cavalera was the band’s original drummer. He along with Derrick Green, Xisto Pinto and Andreas Kisser started the band, but when Dolabella became a part of it, he was instrumental in Sepultura earning a place in Brazilian heavy metal music history.
While Dolbella was with the band, Sepultura recorded and released two amazing albums that reached unprecedented success. His performances during rock concerts are considered legendary by many. Today, Dolabella continues to share his skill as a musician. He is also a music teacher and a producer. Sepultura still entertains its fans with its new teenage drummer. However, Jean Dolabella carved out an irreplaceable niche in a band that will always be remembered for its contributions to the Brazilian heavy metal music scene.
Ivan Busic Creates a Unique Blend
Ivan Busic is often described as a Brazilian drummer, which is a true explanation. But, the generalization of that description doesn’t begin to depict his talent. His Croatian father performed in jazz bands, so entering the music industry was almost a given. Busic’s unique skills come from his ability to integrate country music, jazz and blues. During his later teen years, he and his brother formed a band called Prisma. Later, when Sergio Semam became a member, the group changed the name of the band to Platina.
The band’s first album did not do well, and Platina broke up just two years after it was created. Following the breakup of his first band, Busic joined a group named A Chave do Sol. The band’s first album was titled “The Key,” and it was produced in English and Portuguese. This first album was practically an overnight success. Despite the album’s good showing, Busic decided to reform Platina, his childhood band. The group’s members changed the name of the band again. This time, they called it Slogan. Before the band broke up for good, the group changed the name once more to Cherokee.
While Busic has never had a stable spot in a rock band, the drummer has shared his talent with the world. In 1989, one of Brazil’s best guitarists, Wander Taffo, asked the Busic brothers to work with him on several albums. They agreed and in doing so, the musicians redefined Brazil’s music scene. The temporary group created two albums together. Both were highly successful, resulting in Busic cementing his identity as a top metal drummer. The band made music together for about three years.
Busic’s next move was to partner with his brother and Edu Ardanuy and Supla to make an album named “encoleirado.” Despite the success of this album, Busic left to form DR. Sin. As a member of DR. Sin, Busic performs at well-known music festivals, sharing his talent with the public.
Brazil’s Exceptional Metal Scene
Brazil’s exceptional metal scene happened because of talented drummers like Cassio Audi, Jean Dolabella and Ivan Busic. Together, along with a slew of others, these talented musicians are responsible for creating metal music that is passionate and expressive, music that inspires those who are developing new metal music today.