Puya (band)

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Puya (band) Sept 25, 2010, San Juan Puerto Rico.jpg
Puya in Puerto Rico (2010) from left to right: Harold Hopkins, Eduardo Paniagua, Sergio Curbelo, and Ramon Ortiz
Background information
Origin Puerto Rico[1]
Genres Progressive metal,[1][2] rock en español[3]
Years active 1991–2005, 2009–present
Associated acts Ankla, Yeva
Website www.puyaonline.com

Puya is a Puerto Rican progressive metal band. Formed in 1991, the band rose to prominence with their fusion of salsa and heavy metal.


The band originally formed in Puerto Rico as a progressive rock combo,[4] in 1991, under the name Whisker Biscuit.[5] In 1992, the band added vocalist Sergio Curbelo and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they created a mix of salsa and heavy metal with the assistance of Jeff Renza and the Noiz Boiz production studio. They adopted the name Puya in 1994, which is Spanish for sharp point",[6] but is also a popular type of Puerto Rican coffee.[7] Puya was the first Puerto Rican rock band to achieve a high level of international success.[8]

In 1995, Puya released their self-titled debut album under the Noiz Boiz label, but did not sign with the label.[7] There they also met producer Gustavo Santaolalla who signed them to MCA and in 1999 released their second album, Fundamental, which received critical praise. This propelled the band to stardom even landing them in the second stage of Ozzfest where they shared the opening slot with Slipknot in 1999. In 2000, their song "Tírale" was included in the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal 2000, and was the collection's only track with Spanish lyrics. The band opened for Sepultura, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pantera and KISS. They also recorded a cover of The Police's "Spirits in the Material World" in Spanish, with the title "Almas en un mundo material". Because sales of the band's 2001 album Union did not meet MCA's expectations, the label did not renew the band's contract after it had expired in 2002.[8]

Puya reunited in 2009 for two music festivals in Puerto Rico and released the digital EP Areyto on iTunes on August 27, 2010.

Puya's most recent performance was on February 8, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In November 2014 Puya anticipate their participation in the festival: Patria Grande that will take place in Cuba[9] In addition, prior to this event, the band also announced a tour in the United States starting September 2014.[10]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Puya's music draws from diverse styles, including salsa,[11][12][13][14] Cuban rumba,[6] bomba,[6] alternative rock,[14] hard rock,[15] blues rock,[7] heavy metal,[15] jazz[8] and progressive rock.[1] Additionally, some of Puya's songs have also incorporated rapping.[14][16]

The band's music has been categorized as alternative rock,[17] hardcore,[18] hard rock,[17] heavy metal,[19] Latin metal,[20] and progressive metal.[1][21]

Though sometimes categorized as nu metal, this is contested by Latin Music: Musicians, Genres, and Themes, which says that Puya is not a part of this genre and has its own style of music.[6]

Puya's influences include Pantera,[8] Rush,[1] Fania All-Stars,[8] Fishbone,[8] Metallica,[8] Black Sabbath,[8] Van Halen[8] and Sepultura.[8]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]


Live albums[edit]

  • Vital (2014)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e ""Puya" by Gore, Joe - Guitar Player, Vol. 35, Issue 10, October 2001 | Online Research Library: Questia". www.questia.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Music Street Journal - Music News & Reviews". musicstreetjournal.com. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  3. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Puya". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  4. ^ ""Puya" by Gore, Joe - Guitar Player, Vol. 35, Issue 10, October 2001 | Online Research Library: Questia". www.questia.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  5. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1996-05-04). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  6. ^ a b c d Stavans, Ilan (2014-07-29). Latin Music: Musicians, Genres, and Themes [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313343964. 
  7. ^ a b c Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1996-05-04). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mateus, Jorge Arévalo (2004). "Boricua Rock". In Hernandez, Deborah Pacini. Rockin' las Américas: the global politics of rock in Latin/o America. D. Fernández, Héctor l'Hoeste; Zolov, Eric. University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 94–98. ISBN 0-8229-5841-4. 
  9. ^ "Puya dará un salto del oeste a Cuba". El Nuevo Dia. 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 
  10. ^ http://www.hornsuprocks.com/news_view_full.php?id=2275#.U-9pL_l5Nnd PUYA Announces First U.S. Shows In MANY Years!
  11. ^ Charles R. Bouley II (January 9, 1999). MCA's Puya Gets 'Fundamental' With Mix Of Rock, Salsa. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  12. ^ Flicky, Brad (August 2001). "Review of Union". CMJ New Music (95): 87. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  13. ^ R. Bouley II, Charles (January 9, 1999). "MCA's Puya Gets 'Fundamental' With Mix Of Rock, Salsa". Billboard. 111 (2): 12. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  14. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. Puya at AllMusic
  15. ^ a b Cobo, Leila (June 16, 2001). "Puya: Rocking Harder Than Ever". Billboard. 113 (24): LM-10. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  16. ^ Inc, CMJ Network (2017-02-01). CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. 
  17. ^ a b Avant-Mier, Roberto (2010-05-06). Rock the Nation: Latin/o Identities and the Latin Rock Diaspora. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. ISBN 9781441167972. 
  18. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2001-08-25). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  19. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2002-11-06). The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings. Macmillan. ISBN 9780805070682. 
  20. ^ "Puya, Armored Saint Lead Latin Metal Surge On "Metalo"". MTV News. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  21. ^ "Music Street Journal - Music News & Reviews". www.musicstreetjournal.com. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 

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