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Puya

Live at Ozzfest, 1999 - East Troy, WI

Review by Gary Hill

Puya put on a very entertaining and credible performance for the Ozzfest audience. It was a bit of a unique show compared to many of the other bands due to the band's eclectic choice of influences. Puya's sound combines metal with Latin based sounds such as War and salsa music and most of the lyrics are in Spanish. There were no other bands there with a bongo player and horn section. The sound translates quite well to the live environment, although they seemed to focus a bit more on the harder edged, more tried and true elements and less on their uniqueness. This could have been a factor of the Ozzfest environment in two ways. One, with a very short time to play, it may not have left them enough time to focus on the more unique material in their repertoire. The second reason maybe that they were gearing the show to the more pure metal style of a lot of the audience. The first criteria is pretty hard to get around, and the second one may have been good planning to attract a more mainstream metal audience in.

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