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December 18, 1972 |
|Genres||Thrash metal, alternative metal, industrial metal, heavy metal, rock, orchestral, electronica|
|Occupations||Songwriter, Drummer, Sales and Marketing VP, Investor|
|Labels||Roadrunner, E1 Entertainment,|
|Associated acts||Fear Factory, Kush, Arkaea, Brujeria, Phobia, 3volution Productions|
Raymond Herrera (born December 18, 1972) is the drummer for industrial metal band Arkaea. He is one of the original founding members (now former member) of the industrial metal band Fear Factory and Brujeria. Raymond is credited for inventing the "machine gun" double bass sound.
In addition to being a musician, Herrera has also composed and produced music for video games, television, feature films and transmedia. In 1992, Fear Factory recorded their debut album, Soul of a New Machine. Soon after the album's release, Herrera began a nearly two decade long recording and touring schedule that included over twelve studio releases with Fear Factory, Brujeria, Asesino, etc. and numerous world tours.
In 1996 Herrera started to secure music licensing of Fear Factory's music for dozens of video game titles. This allowed Herrera to branch out and create Herrera Productions (Became 3volution Productions in 2003 with videogame industry veteran Laddie Ervin) as cross-genre composer-producer working on numerous videogame projects. His experience writing and producing rock, metal, industrial and rap music combined with orchestral, techno and other genres lead him to work on projects for videogame publishers and developers in North America, Japan and Europe including Microsoft, SEGA, Sony, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, THQ, Midway, Capcom, Namco, Atari, Majesco and others. Some of Herrera's notable game projects include: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (1 and 2), Rainbow Six: Lockdown, Scarface: The World is Yours, MX vs. ATV Reflex, NFL GameDay 2004, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, Alpha Protocol, Test Drive 4, Too Human and Iron Man 2. Projects he has worked on have sold more than 30 million units in combined sales and have been nominated for various awards including the BAFTA award for game of the year.
Herrera has produced, composed or performed with notable recording artists including: Fear Factory, Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Frank Black (Pixies), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Gary Numan, Wayne Static (Static-X), Pat Lachman (Damageplan), Doug Carrion (Circle Jerks), Megadeth, The Prague and Magik Magik Orchestras, Jeff Kendrick & Mike Spreitzer (Devildriver), Cypress Hill and Junkie XL.
In 2006 Herrera created Temple Studios LLC, which is a recording studio located in Chatsworth, California. It is a partnership between 3volution LLC and B-Real's (Cypress Hill) Audio Hustlers Inc. Production Company. X-Zibit became a partner in the summer of 2011. Together they record, Produce, Mix and Master on their state of the art equipment and facility to produce top notch music, voice over and sound effects. for all entertainment mediums. In the same year, Herrera co-created a Beverage company called Redux Beverages LLC, which is a fully owned subsidiary of Redux Enterprises Inc. and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Redux Beverages created the Cocaine Energy Drink. Within 90 days, Cocaine claimed the distinction of being the fastest globally branded energy drink product in history.
In 2008, Herrera formed Arkaea with former Fear Factory band mate Christian Olde Wolbers. The band also includes Jon Howard and Pat Kavanagh from Threat Signal. They released their first studio album, Years in the Darkness, in 2009. Later that year, Herrera started Alt-Strum Productions. Participating as part of the newly launched Rock Band Network initiative ASP, the company authors and programs existing audio and custom audio content which is then sold as playable Rock Band tracks.
In 2010 Herrera co-created Freedom to Rock and is on the board of directors. Freedom to Rock is a 501c3 non-profit organization (Loretta Palacios CEO) has become a strategic partner with The United States Entertainment Force Inc, a 501c3 non-profit, home of The Hopes and Dreams Project (Jerry Payne, CEO, and former USO producer). Freedom to Rock will be a yearly event to the military installations featuring bands.
In 2011-2012 Herrera worked with Power A to help develop the FUS1ON Gaming controller.
In 2013 Herrera started a new media company with some of his colleagues in the entertainment industry. Including himself, the company boasts accomplished directors, editors, sound designers, composers, location sound mixers and photographers. Collectively they have worked on/with video games, movies, major television studios, artists, bands and brands that range from Doritos, Perrier, Wrangler Jeans, etc.
|“||Due to my background in the video games industry, the timing couldn't be better for me since it is just in time for E3. After attending the Microsoft briefing this morning, I am very excited to introduce my new company to the next generation of gaming with the launch of Playstation 4 and Xbox One later this year and I look forward to doing much more than just drums and audio! ||”|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Movie and CD Soundtrack|
|1997||Wing Commander Prophecy||PC/Game Boy Advance|
|1998||Test Drive 5||PlayStation/PC|
|1998||Test Drive Off-Road 2||PlayStation/PC|
|1999||Hydro Thunder||TV Commercial|
|1999||Test Drive 6||PlayStation/PC/Dreamcast/Game Boy Color|
|2000||Gran Turismo 2||PlayStation|
|2000||Gran Turismo - Music At The Speed Of Sound||Videogame Soundtrack|
|2002||Resident Evil||Movie and CD Soundtrack|
|2002||Terminator: Dawn Of Fate||PlayStation 2/Xbox||Soundtrack|
|2003||NFL Gameday 2004||PlayStation/PlayStation 2|
|2004||Greg Hasting’s Tournament Paintball||Xbox|
|2005||Greg Hasting’s Tournament Paintball Max’d||Xbox/Game Boy Advance/ Nintendo DS/PlayStation 2|
|2005||Battlefield 2 Modern Combat||PlayStation 2/Xbox 360|
|2005||Blitz The League PlayStation 2||Xbox/Xbox 360/PSP/Wii|
|2005||WWE Smackdown VS RAW 2006||PlayStation 2/PSP|
|2005||Colosseum Road To Freedom||PlayStation 2|
|2005||Taxi Driver||E3 Demo Xbox 360|
|2005||Tom Clancy Rainbow Six Lockdown||Xbox/Gamecube/PC/Mobile Phone /PlayStation 2|
|2005||Rainbow Six Lockdown||CD Soundtrack|
|2006||WWE Smackdown VS RAW 2007||PlayStation 2/PSP/Xbox 360|
|2006||Jaws Unleashed||PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC|
|2006||Scarface The World Is Yours||PC/PlayStation 2/Xbox/Wii|
|2006||Final Fight Streetwise||PlayStation 2/Xbox|
|2007||Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter||PC/PS2/Xbox 360|
|2008||Too Human||Xbox 360|
|2008||Battle Of The Bands||Wii|
|2008||Rockband 2||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii|
|2009||MX VS ATV Reflex||Nintendo DS/PlayStation 3/Sony PSP/Xbox 360/PC|
|2009||Wheelman||PlayStation 3/Xbox 360/PC|
|2010||Nail’d||PlayStation 3/PC/Xbox 360|
|2010||Iron Man 2||PlayStation 3/PC/Xbox 360/PSP/Nintendo DS/iPhone|
|2010||Rockband 3||Xbox 360|
|2011||MX VS ATV Alive||PlayStation 3/Xbox 360|
|2011||Need For Speed The Run||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
With Fear Factory
- Concrete (Recorded in 1991 and Released on July 30, 2002)
- Soul of a New Machine (1992)
- Demanufacture (1995)
- Obsolete (1998)
- Digimortal (2001)
- Archetype (2004)
- Transgression (2005)
- Corridos de Muerte (2002)
- Return to Desolation (1994)
- Years in the Darkness (2009)
Technique and style
Herrera's drumming is considered to be a key part of Fear Factory's signature sound and their appeal to fans. He's a pioneer of drum trigger technology and a master of double kick work, often using triggers on his drum kit. He is also known for his high speed playing, particularly his double bass technique, which involves the use of tuplets and other embellishments rather than the blast beats commonly found in extreme metal percussion. Herrera's bursts of double bass often share a dualism with Dino Cazares's fast palm muted staccato guitar notes, resulting in the machine gun-like sound found in many Fear Factory songs.
Most first-time Fear Factory listeners believe the drumming is too fast for a human and believe a drum machine or computer is generating this sound. This is an understandable mistake as Herrera's drum set is rigged with triggers that adjust the sound of his drums, providing a cleaner sound which in turn make it sound more machine-like or computerized. Another reason for Herrera's machine-like drumming is that he uses a "stop go" technique for his double bass rather than the usual "flooring face" style of double bass playing. Examples of Herrera's style can be heard on Fear Factory songs such as "Leechmaster" and "Securitron (Police State 2000)".
Equipment & Endorsements
Power Tower custom rack system, Tama hardware including Wide Rider drum throne, two DW5000 bass drum pedals, Attack drum heads, ddrum4 triggers, Korg D1200 studio and Pro-Mark 5A Oakwood nylon tip sticks. More details about his drum setup available.
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