Warzone Biography (Wikipedia)
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.