Puya is widely known as the most prominent Latin Metal band historically to come out of the Caribbean, and for over two decades, they have built a loyal fan base all over the world with their unique blend of metal which has earned them the respect and admiration from the music industry as well as their faithful followers world wide.
They began their journey back in 1990 in their mother land Puerto Rico as an instrumental power trio called “Whisker Biscuit”. The band was founded by guitarist Ramon Ortiz and bassist Harold Hopkins who were close friends since their elementary school days. Soon they recruited drummer Ed Paniagua, who joined the band soon after finishing his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
With their fusion of heavy rock, funk, jazz and latin grooves they quickly started to gain attention and building a solid fan base in Puerto Rico. Still the band felt that they were missing the vocal element which would allow them to have a deeper connection with their audience.
Puya began their search for a lead singer, and after having played with various ones, they finally crossed paths with Sergio Curbelo. This evolution broadened the band’s musical spectrum and Curbelo’s versatility and wide vocal range took the band to another level.