RAYMOND HERRERA: Life After FEAR FACTORYJuly 12, 2002
Ex-FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera has spoken to Britain's Rock Sound magazine about life after FEAR FACTORY. "I'm very excited about the future," the drummer told the magazine. "There are so many avenues I can go down now that I'm no longer concentrating on FEAR FACTORY." These avenues have resulted in a workload that would have most of us on the edge of a breakdown but not the drummer. "Drumming is quite natural to me so some of the stuff like the grindcore band I'm doing with [former FF bassist] Christian [Olde Wolbers] and the new BRUJERIA album I'm doing with [ex-FF guitarist] Dino [Cazares] is quite easy for me."
As for other projects, the drummer is working away on his longtime project THE KUSH PROJECT, a side-project also featuring Wolbers, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real. "We're hoping to have the album finished early next year and want to come over to the UK to do some shows." That's not all. "I'm also working with [former FF frontman] Burt [C. Bell] on his new record which is more of a melodic, U2 kinda thing, I've got my own production company called Herrera Productions where we do soundtracks for video games and things like that and I'm doing an album with Shane Embury from NAPALM DEATH which [CATHEDRAL/ex-NAPALM DEATH frontman] Lee Dorrian will be singing on."
With his finger in as many musical pies as possible it would appear that there are no regrets about the end of FEAR FACTORY for the drummer. "It was sad to see it end but, to be honest, with all the personal problems between Dino and Christian, Dino and Burt, Dino and myself, it was just a matter of time." explained the drummer. "When Dino did the interview for Blabbermouth, that was the breaking point." On the subject of Roadrunner issuing the band's earlier material in the shape of the previously-unavailable Concrete CD, Raymond admits "I'm not really that happy about it but, from a business point of view, I can understand why Roadrunner did it and, to be honest with you, it's good that kids can hear where FEAR FACTORY came from."
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