Origin: Puerto Rico
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Puya  


One of very few rock/metal bands to originate from Puerto Rico, Puya began life as Whisker Biscuit, under which name they released a demo in 1994. Switching to Puya, they put out a debut album and then moved to Florida, where they attracted the interest of MCA Records. Fundamental, their major-label debut, garnered quite a bit of publicity due to their use of both metal and traditional Latin rhythms in their music. The Puya sound is less a fusion of two styles (i.e. analogous to what Carlos Santana did with rock and latin several years ago) and more a case of one band playing two styles. Some songs are flat-out metal (sounding a bit like Sepultura at times), others are straight traditional latin/salsa songs, and others mix, for example, Spanish/Latin verses with an English/metal chorus. It's an interesting listen, especially if one isn't prepared for a jazz break in the metal of a metal tune. Virtually alone in this field for the time being at least, this band could really become groundbreaking someday.

Following the release of Union in 2001, they were dropped from MCA, and the band have been pursuing other projects and/or playing in other bands (two of which are Ankla and Pinhead). They only occasionally play live in Puerto Rico and insist that they haven't broken up.

Current Members

Sergio Curbelo

vocals/percussion

Ramon Ortiz

guitars/backing vocals/percussion

Harold Hopkins

bass/backing vocals/percussion

Eduardo Paniagua

drums/backing vocals


Discography



Puya 
1995 Noiz Boiz
  1. Bembelé
  2. Aguaje
  3. Down
  4. Síguelo pa' lla
  5. Unión
  6. F.Y.F.A.
  7. No Te Rajes
  8. Chisme
  9. Deficiente
  10. Contamination
  11. Quién Sufre Más
  12. Paco
  13. Puya
  • Sergio Curbelo
  • Ramon Ortiz
  • Harold Hopkins
  • Eduardo Paniagua




Fundamental 
1998 MCA
  1. Oasis
  2. Fake
  3. Fundamental
  4. Montate
  5. Whatever
  6. Retro
  7. Keep It Simple
  8. Sal Pa' Fuera
  9. Remora
  10. Trinidad
  11. Solo
  12. No Inventes
  • Sergio Curbelo
  • Ramon Ortiz
  • Harold Hopkins
  • Eduardo Paniagua

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos 



Union 
2001 MCA
  1. Ride
  2. People
  3. Erizo
  4. Socialize
  5. Numbed
  6. Bridge
  7. Si Aja
  8. No Interference
  9. Semilla
  10. Matter of Time
  11. Pa' Ti Pa' Mi
  12. Ahorake
  13. Unión
  • Sergio Curbelo
  • Ramon Ortiz
  • Harold Hopkins
  • Eduardo Paniagua

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

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