Puya Preps New Album

After breaking through with 1999's "Fundamental" and a stint on last summer's Ozzfest, the Latino metallers of Puya will soon return to the studio to begin work on a new album.

In two weeks, the band will convene in a Vancouver, Canada recording studio with producer Garth (GGGarth) Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, L7, Kittie, etc.) to begin work on its sophomore effort. Once again, the group looks to pepper the mix with its Latin flavor, but plans to record more English language lyrics than fans found on "Fundamental."

MCA Records notes that the new album should be finished and in record stores by September or October of this year.

Puya made impressive inroads in bringing rock en espanol to the mainstream with "Fundamental," which earned the band the title of Rock/Fusion Album Of The Year at last month's Billboard Latin Music Awards (see "Lopez, Cypress Hill, Puya, Win Billboard Latin Awards").

Through excessive touring on Ozzfest, the SnoCore tour (with System Of A Down, Incubus, and Mr. Bungle), the Watcha Tour (with Fishbone, Cafe Tacuba, and others), and other outings, the band managed to sell more than 70,000 copies of "Fundamental" in the U.S. despite the fact that the album was recorded primarily in Spanish.