Puya

Profile:
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, in 1991, under the name Whisker Biscuit. 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", but is also a popular type of Puerto Rican coffee. Puya was the first Puerto Rican rock band to achieve a high level of international success.

In 1995, Puya released their self-titled debut album under the Noiz Boiz label, but did not sign with the label. 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.

Puya reunited in 2009 for two music festivals in Puerto Rico and released the digital EP Areyto on iTunes on August 27, 2010. The band's most recent performance was on February 8, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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Albums

NB 00012-2 Puya - Puya album art Puya Puya(CD, Album) Noiz Boiz Records NB 00012-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
111859-2 Puya - Fundamental album art Puya Fundamental (Album) MCA Records 111859-2 Colombia 1998 Sell This Version
112362-4, 00881123624 Puya - Union album art Puya Union (Album) MCA Records 112362-4, 00881123624 Malaysia 2001 Sell This Version
none Puya - Vital: Recorded Live At Bahia Urbana SJ, PR album art Puya Vital: Recorded Live At Bahia Urbana SJ, PR(CD, Album, Liv) PeopleMusic Entertainment none Puerto Rico 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Puya - Montate album art Puya Montate (Maxi, Single) MCA Records none Spain 1998 Sell This Version
MCA5P-4363 Puya - Live In Puerto Rico album art Puya Live In Puerto Rico(CD, EP, Promo) MCA Records MCA5P-4363 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCA5P-4455 Puya - Sal Pa Fuera album art Puya Sal Pa Fuera(CD, Single, Promo) MCA Records MCA5P-4455 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCA5P-4362 Puya - Oasis album art Puya Oasis(CD, Single, Enh, Promo) MCA Records MCA5P-4362 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Puya - Areyto album art Puya Areyto (EP) Not On Label (Puya Self-released) none US 2010 Sell This Version

Videos

223435 Puya - Pa Ti En Vivo - Live In Puerto Rico album art Puya Pa Ti En Vivo - Live In Puerto Rico(DVD, NTSC) Ahorake Corp 223435 Puerto Rico 2006 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Puya - Whisker Biscuit album art Puya Whisker Biscuit(Cass) Not On Label none US 1994 Sell This Version
MCAR-25244-1 Puya - Union 3 Song Sampler album art Puya Union 3 Song Sampler MCA Records MCAR-25244-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
12284 Puya - Oasis (Radio Edits) album art Puya Oasis (Radio Edits)(CDr) MCA Records 12284 US Unknown Sell This Version