Basic Background Info
Raymond Herrera grew up with a passion for music and video games. His early influences included Possessed, NWA, The Police, and U2. Raymond's open-minded approach to music complements his equally open personality.
In 1989 Raymond Herrera, his friend guitarist Dino Cazares, and vocalist Burton C. Bell created the band Ulceration. After settling into a death metal sound, the band changed its name to Fear Factory in 1990; the same year bassist Andrew Shives joined the band. Two years later Fear Factory released its debut album, Soul of a New Machine. The popularity of Soul of a New Machine helped Fear Factory create a solid fan base. In 1994, Christian Olde Wolbers replaced Shives on bass. Although Fear Factory went on hiatus in 2002, Herrera, Bell, and Wolbers reunited in 2004 and released two more albums.
Fear Factory and Raymond Herrera significantly impacted the rock metal scene. Raymond Herrera became known for his combination of death metal, groove metal, thrash metal, and industrial metal and for using triggers on his drum set and his high-speed playing. His double bass technique using tuplets, staccatos, and other embellishments in set Raymond apart from other metal drummers. Raymond Herrera manipulatees his double bass and creates unique, machine gun sound of quick bursts, similar to palm-muted guitar notes.
The success of Fear Factory inspired Raymond Herrera to experiment with entrepreneurship and business. Raymond co-owns Kool Arrow Records Inc., Xon Xon Media, Redux Beverages Ltd., and Temple Studios, LLC. Raymond also created 3volution Production Company, which produces music, sound effects, voice-overs, and music licensing for video games, television, and film; Raymond is a life-long video game afficionado.
Fear Factory is still together although they are currently on hiatus.
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