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Puya was a Puerto Rican rock band from San Juan, Puerto Ricomarker. Originally playing only instrumentals, they added vocalist Sergio Curbelo and in 1992 and moved to Fort Lauderdalemarker, Floridamarker where they created their mix of salsa and metal. Later in 1994 with the release of their demo tape they changed their name to Puya.

Band History

In the early 90s, vocalist Sergio Curbelo joined the band and they changed their name to Puya. The band also relocated to Fort Lauderdalemarker, Floridamarker where they met Jeff Renza who helped them develop, and polish their sound in the newly formed Noiz Boiz production recording studio. In 1995, they released their eponymous debut album under the Noiz Boiz label.

There they also met producer Gustavo Santaolalla who signed them to MCA and they released their second album titled 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, one of their songs ("Tírale"), was included in the soundtrack of the movie Heavy Metal 2000, the only track with lyrics in Spanish from the collection. Established in the nu metal scene, they opened for such bands as Sepultura, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pantera and KISS. They also recorded a cover song - using their particular style - of The Police's "Spirits in the Material World" in Spanish. The song was titled "Almas en un mundo material".

Current Whereabouts

Puya reunited for a long anticipated show on Friday May 15, 2009 at the San Juan Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the musical festival "Medalla Light Presents": "Stereo" Modern Music Festival,Invaders Must Die Tour Puya's last performance was at SNICKERS Urbania November 1, 2009 at Juan Ramon Lubriel Coliseum in Bayamon Puerto Rico and they were the main event. In this event, Puya's energy made one of the biggest mosh pits in the history of metal in Puerto Rico.

As of 2007, most of the members are involved in other musical projects.

  • Guitarist Ramón Ortíz formed the band Ankla in 2001. They appeared in Ozzfest 's second stage in 2007. Ortiz currently has collaborated with Sean Auer of Long Island's [Warship] and are anticipating being signed by a major label in the near future.
  • Harold Hopkins formed the band Yeva in Puerto Rico.

Band Members

  • Ramón Ortíz - guitars
  • Eduardo Paniagua - drums
  • Harold Hopkins - bass guitar
  • Sergio Curbelo - vocals
  • Eddie Macias - Original Whisker Biscuit Vocals (1990, 1992) current ANKLA singer.
  • Jose Ignacio "Joshin"- original Whisker Biscuit drummer
  • Mike Smart- Saxophone


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