RAYMOND HERRERA

RAYMOND HERRERA

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: December 18, 1972
Location: Los Angeles, California
Band: Fear Factory, Killing Zone, Brujeria, Asesino, Arkaea, Burn It All
Genres: Rock, Metal
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Producer
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Biography

 
 

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.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1992 Matando Gueros Brujeria
1992 Soul of a New Machine Fear Factory
1994 Return to Desolation Phobia
1995 Demanufacture Fear Factory
1996 Raza Odiada Brujeria
1998 Obsolete Fear Factory
2001 Digimortal Fear Factory
2002 Concrete Fear Factory
2002 The Future is Now Nonphixion
2002 Corridos de Muerte Asesino
2003 The Best of Brujeria Brujeria
2004 Archetype Fear Factory
2004 Mischief Invasion Soundtrack
2005 Transgression Fear Factory
2005 Mischief V Dynasty Soundtrack
2005 Mischief Rock Set 2005 Soundtrack
2005 Rainbox Six Lockdown Soundtrack
2009 Years in the Darkness Arkaea
 

Noise

 
 
  • Raymond Herrera's company 3volution Productions produces voice-overs for computer games. Some of the games that his company has done work on are Scarface: The World is Yours, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown.
  • His company Redux Beverages has created a succesful energy drink called Cocaine.
  • Is Vice President of Kool Arrow Records Inc.
  • I can pretty much play anything you can throw at me. I enjoy collaborations, so if you think you are worthy, bring it." -Herrera
  • Is credited with inventing the "machine gun" double bass sound.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

Drums: ddrums
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
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Sticks: Pro-Mark
 
 

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