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This isn't "latin pop," this is BORIQUA METAL!!,
This review is from: Fundamental (Audio CD)
I heard Puya's record while still a college radio DJ, and it struck a nerve with me. Being a metalhead of Latino heritage, I didn't have many peers or touchstones to go by. So when I heard of a Puerto Rican metal group playing out of Florida who just signed to MCA, I knew something big was about to happen. But enough about my reactions; let's get to the record.
Puya play what the uninitiated and trend-happy refer to as "nu-metal," but with a major and most welcome twist. A very puertoriqueno vibe can be found throughout their sound (Think Pantera and Biohazard jamming with Tito Puente [Vaya con Dios] and Carlos Santana). Add some Spanish-language rapping and you have a sound that's as heavy as metal gets and yet still remains as familiar and as homesickness-inducing as the island.
"Oasis," "Sal Pa' Fuera" and "Retro" are the rockers on this disc that will have you screaming the lyrics (isn't Spanish a beautiful language?) and punching stuff in no time, even with the timbales and horns in the background. "Remora," "Keep It Simple" and "Trinidad" will have you dancing salsa one minute and moshing the next with their boriqua sensibilities and neck-snapping riffage. "Solo" is the high-water mark here; a soulful and yet crunching ode to integrity, ethnic pride and familia that will have you singing, dancing, moshing and hugging your famms all in the space of four minutes.
The short of it is this: If you like metal with originality and (more importantly) soul, then Puya is the band you're looking for.
"Solo venimos, solo nos vamos. Y aqui nos juntamos, juntos aqui estamos" (Alone we arrive, alone we leave, and here we come together, here we are together.) -"Solo"