Raymond Herrera

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Raymond Herrera
Born (1972-12-18) December 18, 1972 (age 41)
Los Angeles
Genres Thrash metal, alternative metal, industrial metal, heavy metal, rock, orchestral, electronica
Occupations Songwriter, Drummer, Sales and Marketing VP, Investor
Instruments Drums
Years active 1989–present
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.

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! [1]

Technique and style[edit]

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)".[2]

Gameography[edit]

Year Game Platform Notes
1995 Mortal Kombat Movie and CD Soundtrack
1997 Carmageddon DOS, Macintosh
1997 Wing Commander Prophecy PC/Game Boy Advance
1998 NFL Xtreme PlayStation
1998 Test Drive 5 PlayStation/PC
1998 Test Drive Off-Road 2 PlayStation/PC
1999 Carmageddon PlayStation
1999 Demolition Racer PlayStation/PC/Dreamcast
1999 Hydro Thunder TV Commercial
1999 Test Drive 6 PlayStation/PC/Dreamcast/Game Boy Color
2000 Messiah PC
2000 Gran Turismo 2 PlayStation
2000 Gran Turismo - Music At The Speed Of Sound Videogame Soundtrack
2001 Frequency PlayStation 2
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 Infected Sony PSP
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

Discography[edit]

With Fear Factory[edit]

With Brujeria[edit]

With Asesino[edit]

With Phobia[edit]

  • Return to Desolation (1994)

With Arkaea[edit]

Equipment & Endorsements[edit]

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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raymond Herrera - I have started a new media company with...". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Zildjian Artists|Raymond Herrera Artist Page". Zildjian.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  3. ^ Rhythm Magazine (2009-06-16). "How to sound like Fear Factory's Raymond Herrera". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2014-01-05.