|Origin||Lower East Side, Manhattan, , ,|
|Genres||Hardcore punk, street punk, thrash metal|
|Labels||Caroline, Another Planet, Victory, Revelation|
|Son of Sam, Danzig, D Generation, Murphy's Law, Homewreckers, Chrome Locust, The Chelsea Smiles, Agnostic Front, Youth Defense League, Straight Ahead, The Psychos, UltraViolence, Trip 6, Rejuvenate, Youth of Today, Rival Schools, Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, Project X, Moondog, Walking Concert, Walter Walter, Judge, Two Barrels Burning, Sick of it All, Kill Your Idols, Grey Area, The Arsons, S.S.S.P., Vision, Higher Giant, No Redeeming Social Value|
|Raymond Barbieri, Brad Davis, Todd Scofield, Tito (Sebastian Perez), Charlie Scalfani, Thomas Carroll, Luke Abbey, Jeff Rivera, Walter Schreifels, Frank Stracuzza, Paul Canade, John Ullman, Jay Vento, Eric Komst, Vincent Verga, Todd Hamilton, Brian Goss, Jason Lehrhoff, Tommy Rat, Lee Harrison, John Marino, Greg Cahill|
Warzone was a New York hardcore punk band formed on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1983. The band helped develop the New York hardcore sound, the hardcore skinhead style and the youth crew subgenre. During the band's 14 years and many line-up changes, their primarily hardcore sound was flavored by influences ranging from Oi! (they toured several times with The Business and played a cover of their song The Real Enemy), to traditional punk rock, and a heavy metal phase (on their self-titled LP, Warzone). Their fan base was diverse, with their concerts usually attended by skinheads, straight edge teens, metalheads and punks of all ages. Vice has written that "one could argued that (Warzone) spearheaded the second and larger wave of hardcore bands that erupted in the NY scene in 1986-1987".
Frontman Raymond "Raybeez" Barbieri was the band's only consistent member through the vast majority of its years. He joined the band in 1983 as the drummer (the same year he played drums on the debut Agnostic Front 7" EP "United Blood") later taking over vocal duties, after Warzone had already been in existence for two years (noting later, "In a band that [had] been running for so long, there has to be something there"). Raybeez remained the singer of Warzone until his death on September 11, 1997 due to pneumonia. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was receiving treatment in a Veterans Health Administration facility when the illness damaged his liver and took his life at the age of 35. A tribute sign, reading "R.I.P Ray" hung outside CBGB for some time following his death. For more than a year following his death, every release on the Victory Records label was dedicated to his memory, as well as two independent compilations. These albums -- as well as benefit concerts following his death -- raised funds for several non-profit groups Ray had worked for which helped at-risk youth.
Barbieri sang lyrics urging unity and spoke out strongly against anything that divided the youth of America against itself. Their song "Under 18" decried the age-based discriminatory practices at many venues that demanded IDs for entry; "War Between Races" demanded an end to racial violence and prejudice within the hardcore scene, and "Brother and Sisterhood" encouraged young women and girls to become active in the traditionally male-dominated hardcore punk scene.